BOSTON – Five years to the day after the Boston Celtics snapped Houston Rocket’s winning streak at 22 games, LeBron James scored 37 points and made the go-ahead basket with 10.5 seconds left as Miami Heat defeated Boston Celtics 105-103 last night at the Boston Garden to take their own winning streak to 23.
After overcoming the largest deficit they’ve faced during their streak, the only team left for the Heat to catch is the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers who won 33 in a row.
“It means a lot,” James said. “I know the history of the game. To be sitting in second place right now … for us to be there and doing it the way we want to do it, it means a lot.”
Jeff Green scored a career-high 43 points for Boston, who were without Kevin Garnett for the second straight game. Paul Pierce had 17 points, eight rebounds and eight assists for the Celtics, but he missed a 3-pointer with 3 seconds left that could have given Boston the win.Instead, the defending NBA champions won a regular-season game in Boston for the first time in 11 tries.
James added 12 assists and Mario Chalmers scored 21 for Miami, which has not lost since February 1.
Last night the Heat trailed by as many as 17 points, which is the largest deficit Miami has so far faced during its 23-game winning streak.
Green had 14 points in the first quarter, when the Celtics scored the last 17 points to open a 31-19 lead.
Boston led by as many as 17 in the second, but Miami went on a 15-6 run just before the half to make it a six-point game and then scored the first eight points in the third quarter to take the lead.
Green had 12 in the second quarter and 12 in the third.
Other scores: Trail Blazers 100, 76ers 101; Wizards 114, Bobcats 119; Pacers 111, Cavaliers 90; Mavericks 127, Hawks 113; Nets 119; Pistons 82; Nuggets 119, Bulls 118; Timberwolves 77, Grizzlies 92; Warriors 93, Hornets 74; Lakers 76, Suns 99; Knicks 90, Jazz 83.