NBA: Miami wins franchise-record 15th straight

2013-03-05T00:00:00Z NBA: Miami wins franchise-record 15th straightThe Associated Press The Associated Press
March 05, 2013 12:00 am  • 

MINNEAPOLIS - Alonzo Mourning never did it. Shaquille O'Neal didn't, either. Even Dwyane Wade had never won 15 games in a row as a member of the Miami Heat.

The Heat have had their fair share of stars come through South Beach over the last 25 years, none of them as bright as LeBron James.

James shrugged off a sore left knee to score 20 points and grab 10 rebounds, and the Heat earned their franchise-record 15th straight victory with a 97-81 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night.

Wade had 32 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds.

"Any time you get an opportunity set a record, it's great for the organization and the guys involved," James said. "But we want to keep going. We want to keep winning each game by itself. We don't talk about the streak, we just go to the next game and play it out. We look forward to the next one."

Chris Bosh added 11 points and nine rebounds, and James played 35 minutes despite being listed as a game-time decision with a twisted left knee.

Former Arizona Wildcat Derrick Williams had 25 points and 10 rebounds and Ricky Rubio had 14 points, eight assists, six steals and five rebounds for the Timberwolves. J.J. Barea had four points on 1-for-11 shooting and was ejected in the fourth quarter after getting a Flagrant-2 foul for a hit on Heat guard Ray Allen.

James tweaked his knee in the third quarter against New York on Sunday. But his knee was examined once the team arrived in Minnesota and no serious damage was found.

• Knicks 102, Cavaliers 97: In Cleveland, Amare Stoudemire scored 22 points, J.R. Smith added 18 and New York overcame a 22-point deficit without All-Star Carmelo Anthony to beat Cleveland.

Steve Novak made three of New York's seven threepointers in the fourth quarter as the Knicks rallied and shook off a tough home loss on Sunday, when they blew a 16-point lead to Miami.

The Cavs' Kyrie Irving scored 22 points after missing three games with a hyperextended right knee.

Anthony injured his right knee in the first half after catching a pass and falling awkwardly to the floor. He limped to the locker room.

• Nuggets 104, Hawks 88: In Denver, Corey Brewer scored 22 points and Ty Lawson had 18 in Denver's win over Atlanta. The Nuggets won their 11th straight at the Pepsi Center and matched Miami's NBA-best 26-3 home record,

• Bucks 109, Jazz 108, OT: In Milwaukee, Monta Ellis scored 34 points, Brandon Jennings added 20 points and 17 assists, and Milwaukee beat Utah in overtime. Derrick Favors tied a career high with 23 points and added 15 rebounds for Utah, which has lost four of its last five.

• Magic 105, Hornets 102: In New Orleans, Arron Afflalo scored five of his game-high 26 points in the final 38 seconds, and Orlando snapped a three-game skid. Jameer Nelson, returning from a left knee injury that sidelined him six games, scored 15 points.

• Trail Blazers 122, Bobcats 105: In Portland, Ore., LaMarcus Aldridge had 23 points and 14 rebounds as the Blazers handed Charlotte its seventh straight loss.

• Warriors 125, Raptors 118: In Oakland, Calif., David Lee had 29 points, 11 rebounds and five assists as Golden State beat Toronto. Stephen Curry added 26 points and 12 assists. Rudy Gay's 26 points led Toronto.

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• Hall of Famer Michael Jordan asked a Georgia court on Monday to dismiss a paternity suit against him, calling it a "shameless, bad faith attempt to abuse the legal system." Jordan's lawyer John Mayoue said Jordan is not the father of Pamela Y. Smith's son, 16.

• Former Minnesota coach Flip Saunders is representing a group of investors that is interested in buying the Timberwolves.

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