Miami Just Keeps Rolling Along
Chicago Bulls forward Carlos Boozer (5) and Los Angeles Lakers forward Antwan Jamison collide as Jamison took a foul, in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles Sunday, March 10, 2013. The Lakers won, 90-81. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
Miami — Mario Chalmers scored 26 points, Chris Bosh added 24 and the Miami Heat won their 18th straight game, easily topping the Indiana Pacers 105-91 last night.
The 18-game streak ties the seventh longest in NBA history, and is the league’s best since the Boston Celtics won 19 straight during the 2008-09 season. Miami will try for No. 19 when it hosts Atlanta tomorrow night.
The win also gave Miami (47-14) a victory over every NBA team this season. The Heat lost both previous meetings with Indiana.
Dwyane Wade scored 23 points for the Heat, who controlled the game despite a season-low 13 points from LeBron James. Ray Allen added 11 for Miami.
Raptors 100, Cavaliers 96
Toronto — Amir Johnson scored 17 points and matched his career high with 16 rebounds, and Alan Anderson scored 10 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter.
Cavaliers star guard Kyrie Irving was knocked out by an apparent shoulder injury late in the third quarter as Cleveland lost for the fourth time in five games.
Irving was hurt when he collided with Toronto rookie Jonas Valanciunas on a baseline drive with 2:04 left in the third.
Lakers 90, Bulls 81
Los Angeles — Dwight Howard scored 16 points and grabbed 21 rebounds, Kobe Bryant chipped in with 19 points, nine assists and seven rebounds for Los Angeles.
The Lakers improved to 33-31, the first time this season they have been two games over .500. They also moved one-half game ahead of the Utah Jazz and into sole possession of the No. 8 and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Magic 99, 76ers 91
Orlando, Fla. — Jameer Nelson had 24 points and 10 assists, and Nik Vucevic added 14 points and 17 rebounds. The win ended the Magic’s seven-game home losing streak, their longest skid in Orlando since 2003-04.
Arron Afflalo and Tobias Harris added 17 and 15 points, respectively. The double-double was the 35th of the season for Vucevic.
Trail Blazers 96
New Orleans — Ryan Anderson capped a 20-point performance with a layup as he was fouled with 1.8 seconds left, and the Hornets snapped a three-game skid.
Minneapolis — Vince Carter had 22 points and nine rebounds and Dirk Nowitzki scored 16 points for Dallas.
Brandan Wright added 13 points and seven rebounds for the Mavericks, who have won three straight and four of their last five in a last-ditch push for the playoffs. They entered the day in 11th place in the West, three games out of the eighth spot.
Derrick Williams had 18 points and nine rebounds for the lethargic Timberwolves, who had no energy on the second night of a tough back-to-back that started in Denver. J.J. Barea scored 16 points, but Minnesota’s bench managed just six other points. The Wolves are 6-25 since Kevin Love broke his hand for the second time on Jan. 8.