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Heat beats 76ers, runs win streak to 10 games
Before he took a seat on the bench, LeBron James made sure to grab one more rebound. James had 16 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds for...
PHILADELPHIA — Before he took a seat on the bench, LeBron James made sure to grab one more rebound.
James had 16 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds for his 35th career triple-double and the Miami Heat cruised to its 10th straight win, 114-90 over the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night.
The three-time NBA MVP knew he was one board away from a special night so he went after it hard early in the fourth quarter. After Chris Anderson blocked Evan Turner's shot, James hauled it in, drove up court and banked in a shot for good measure.
"I was going to stay out there until I got it," James said. "I wasn't going to let this one slip away. I've had too many games where I was one assist, one rebound away. I wasn't coming out."
Dwyane Wade had 33 points, Mario Chalmers scored 14 and Chris Bosh added 13 to help the defending NBA champions improve to 39-14. The Heat has a comfortable 5 ½-game lead over Indiana in the Eastern Conference.
The Heat has won four in a row on the road, including impressive wins over Oklahoma City before the All-Star break and Chicago on Thursday.
"It was a professional win," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "LeBron started it with his unselfishness, finding the open guy, making it contagious. Then it was an efficient shooting night."
Jrue Holiday scored 21 points and Nick Young had 19 for Philadelphia, which continues to fall further behind in the playoff chase. The Sixers are 3 ½ games behind Milwaukee for the No. 8 spot in the East.
Fans roared when former Husky Spencer Hawes rejected James' shot late in the first quarter, swatting the ball back in his face.
Many of the same people jumped to their feet and cheered when James threw down a thunderous dunk off an alley-oop pass from Norris Cole late in the third quarter. By that time, the Heat was up 85-63 and the crowd was more interested in seeing James make a highlight play than rooting for the Sixers.
"He's so big and strong and powerful. He decides when he wants to be a passer or a scorer," Sixers coach Doug Collins said.
• Caron Butler scored 21 points and the host Los Angeles Clippers rode a big third quarter to a 107-94 victory over Utah, completing their first season sweep of the Jazz since 1978-79.
• David West scored 16 points and Paul George added 12 points and 12 rebounds to help Indiana Pacers easily beat the host Detroit Pistons 90-72 for the second time in as many nights.
• Emeka Okafor had 17 points, 11 rebounds and made the go-ahead free throw with 5.2 seconds remaining to help the host Washington Wizards overcome a three-point barrage for a 105-103 win over the Houston Rockets.
• JaVale McGee had 17 points, including seven dunks, and the Denver Nuggets snapped a four-game road losing streak with a 113-99 victory over the host Charlotte Bobcats.