LeBron James left one rebound shy of a triple-double, feigning a bit of frustration as he checked out of the game.
That’s about all the Miami Heat could complain about these days.
James finished with 24 points, 11 assists, and 9 rebounds, and the Heat won their 27th straight game by running away in the final minutes to beat the Magic, 108-94, Monday night in Orlando.
Mario Chalmers scored 17, and Chris Bosh and Ray Allen each added 12 for Miami, which broke open a tie game with a 13-0 run spanning the end of the third and start of the fourth quarters. Miami eventually pushed the lead to 20 before Heat coach Erik Spoelstra emptied the bench in what became his 250th win with the team.
The Heat now are within six games of matching the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers for the longest winning streak in NBA history.
Jameer Nelson had 27 points and 12 assists for the Magic, who got 20 points from Tobias Harris.
A 20-2 run over 4½ minutes spanning the third and fourth quarters was all it took for Miami to take control for good and beat the Magic for the third time in three meetings this season — after surviving a pair of earlier nail-biters.
It’s now the second-longest winning streak in American major sports, behind only the Lakers’ run. Baseball’s New York Giants won 26 straight games in 1916, the New England Patriots took 21 consecutive NFL games in 2003 and 2004, and the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins won 17 consecutive times in 1993.
Miami's Dwyane Wade missed his second straight game because of a sore right knee, one that he said before the game had been bothering him periodically since March 9 and then flared up after a collision against Boston last week.
Hornets 110, Nuggets 86 — Ryan Anderson scored 23 points, Brian Roberts doubled his career high with 18 assists, and host New Orleans ended Denver’s 15-game win streak.
New Orleans, playing without its starting backcourt of Eric Gordon and Greivis Vasquez, won its third in a row and was in control all the way.
Danilo Gallinari had 24 points for the Nuggets, who were without starting point guard Ty Lawson (right heel injury) for the third consecutive game. Denver lost for the first time since Feb. 22 against Washington, after matching its 1969-70 ABA team’s record of 15 straight victories.
Wizards 107, Grizzlies 94 — John Wall scored a career-high 47 points and added eight assists to lift host Washington.
Pacers 100, Hawks 94 — In Indianapolis, Gerald Green scored 19 points and Roy Hibbert finished with 17 points and 13 rebounds to lead the shorthanded Pacers. Indiana played without the injured Danny Granger, George Hill, Lance Stephenson, and David West.