Miami Heat wins 18th consecutive game | NBA
Mario Chalmers scored 26 points, Chris Bosh had 24 and the Miami Heat won its 18th straight game, easily topping the Indiana Pacers 105-91...
MIAMI — Mario Chalmers scored 26 points, Chris Bosh had 24 and the Miami Heat won its 18th straight game, easily topping the Indiana Pacers 105-91 on Sunday 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 on Tuesday 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, which controlled the game despite a season-low 13 points from LeBron James.
David West scored 17 of his 24 points in the first half for the Pacers.
James' previous season-low was 15. He still finished with seven assists and six rebounds for the Heat, which held a 27-15 edge in points off turnovers and finished the game shooting 56 percent compared with 41 percent by Indiana.
"We didn't compete from the opening tip," West said. "I just don't think we brought enough competitive fire. LeBron James has 13 points and these other guys — Chalmers has 26 — it's just not enough. We didn't compete enough. You can't beat a team like that in their building as well as they're playing without competing."
• Dwight Howard scored 16 points and grabbed 21 rebounds, Kobe Bryant chipped in with 19 points, nine assists and seven rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers beat visiting Chicago 90-81.
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 eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Former Husky Nate Robinson led the Bulls with 19 points, and Joakim Noah had 18 points and 17 rebounds.
• Ryan Anderson capped a 20-point performance with a layup as he was fouled with 1.8 seconds left, and the New Orleans Hornets snapped a three-game skid with a 98-96 victory over visiting Portland.
Anderson also made a three-pointer with 15.6 seconds left that gave the Hornets a 95-93 lead, but Portland rookie Damian Lillard reached the 20-point mark for a sixth straight game by draining a three-pointer with 11.2 seconds left.
Greivis Vasquez, who also had 20 points, then dribbled out of traffic along the perimeter and found Anderson inside for the winning bucket.
Wesley Matthews scored 24 points and LaMarcus Aldridge 16 for Portland, which fell three games behind the Lakers for the final playoff spot in the West.
• Blake Griffin led seven players in double figures with 22 points on 9-of-12 shooting and the host Los Angeles Clippers beat Detroit 129-97 for their 10th win in 13 games. Chris Paul had 20 points and 14 assists
• Kevin Durant had 23 points and 11 rebounds, Russell Westbrook scored 15 points and host Oklahoma City beat Boston 91-79 to stretch its winning streak to five games. The Thunder limited Boston to 25 percent shooting in the second half after the Celtics shot 51 percent in the first.
• Cleveland star guard Kyrie Irving was knocked out by a left shoulder contusion late in the third quarter. X-rays were negative and he will be re-evaluated in Cleveland on Monday.