Final Score: Miami 108, Orlando 94
Orlando, FL (Sports Network) - Many in Miami may be looking ahead toward
Sunday's showdown with the San Antonio Spurs.
The Heat, however, still had three road games before their visit to the
Alamo, including Monday's tilt with the Orlando Magic.
LeBron James had 24 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds and the Heat won
their 27th straight game, a 108-94 triumph over Orlando.
"He's so big, he has the ability to survey the floor. When he wants to score,
he can score. When he wants to pass, he can do that as well," Orlando head
coach Jacque Vaughn said.
Miami is just six wins away from matching the Los Angeles Lakers' record of 33
wins in a row set in 1971-72, but the Heat's amazing stretch was nearly
snapped by the Magic on March 6. James, though, came through with a go-ahead
layup with 3.2 seconds left as the Heat held on to win 97-96 in Miami.
"Our historic run is about winning championships. That is what we want to be
known for. We didn't have a goal in mind to say, 'let's go on a long
consecutive win streak,'" James said.
The Heat, who were without Dwyane Wade for a second straight game due to a
sore knee, will visit Chicago and New Orleans before Sunday's game with the
Miami won its 13th straight road game, one shy of the franchise mark set from
Nov. 19-Dec. 29, 1996.
Jameer Nelson had 27 points and 12 assists to lead Orlando, which was
without Arron Afflalo and Nikola Vucevic, who average 15.5 and 12.4
points, respectively. The Magic have dropped seven consecutive contests.
A quick 7-0 Magic spurt, capped by a Nelson step-back 3-pointer, tied the
game at 68-68 late in the third quarter, but James scored seven points
during Miami's 10-0 run to close the frame.
The Magic never seriously threatened again.
The Heat took a 78-68 lead into the fourth and the margin reached its peak at
20 over the final 12 minutes.
Miami has needed to overcome double-digit deficits in each of its last four
wins, and trailed 34-28 early in the second following back-to-back triples by
Moe Harkless and Tobias Harris.
Later in the stanza, Rashard Lewis hit two treys during a 13-0 Miami run
against his former team, with his second three concluding the run and making
it 50-42 in favor of the Heat.
Miami took a 55-46 edge into the break.
Mario Chalmers tallied 17 points and five assists, while Chris Bosh added 12
points and nine boards for the Heat ... Miami was 15-of-28 from beyond the arc
... Miami's 27 straight wins are more than 10 NBA teams have so far this
03/26 01:25:27 ET
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