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Miami Heat extends its winning streak to 26 games | NBA

LeBron James had 32 points and 10 assists as the Miami Heat beat visiting Charlotte 109-77, extending its winning streak to 26 games.

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MIAMI — If there were a game for superstar guard Dwyane Wade to miss during this epic Miami Heat winning streak, this was it — at home against a dreadful Charlotte Bobcats team.

As in its previous three games, the Heat was down double digits in the first half.

Unlike those three, Miami righted itself quickly, erasing Charlotte's 11-point lead by late in the first quarter, then burying the Bobcats with a second-half avalanche and coasting to a 109-77 romp, Miami's largest margin of victory this season.

The winning streak grew to 26, seven short of the record 33-game run by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers.

"I don't think we can really appreciate this now because it's so much work," Heat forward Chris Bosh said. "Maybe this summer."

LeBron James led Miami with 32 points on 11-for-14 shooting and 10 assists. With Wade missing the game because of soreness in his right knee, Mike Miller started for the fifth time this season and scored six points.

Heat players seldom mention the streak unless asked and say it isn't a talking point in the locker room. When will it be on their radar?

"I don't know," James replied. "It's on everyone else's radar."

Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said, "Our story line is probably a little too boring for you guys. It's a special opportunity for this group. We're trying to get better. This thing just happened."

Notes

James Harden's off-balance, 16-foot jumper with 4.5 seconds left gave host Houston a 96-95 victory over San Antonio.

Nate Robinson, a former standout for the Washington Huskies and Rainier Beach High School in Seattle, had a team-high 22 points and 10 assists to lead the visiting Chicago Bulls to a 104-97 victory over Minnesota.


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