Heat's hot streak continues
The Miami Heat extended their winning streak to 23 games on Monday night - the second longest in NBA history - with a dramatic 105-103 victory over the Celtics in Boston.
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LeBron James poured in 37 points - including the go-ahead jumper with 10.5 seconds left - and contributed 12 assists to prolong Miami's amazing run despite a career-high 43-point haul from Jeff Green.
The triumph ensured the Heat surpassed the 22 consecutive wins achieved by Houston in 2007-08.
The Denver Nuggets also continued their winning run, narrowly clinching a 12th straight success thanks to a 119-118 overtime victory against the Chicago Bulls.
Wilson Chandler paced Denver with 35 points, but it was Andre Iguodala's three-pointer with 7.1 seconds left in overtime which secured the win.
A late surge from Luis Scola, who scored all 14 of his points in the final quarter, led the Phoenix Suns to a comprehensive 99-76 win against the Los Angeles Lakers. Steve Nash contributed a game-high 19 points against his former team but it was not enough for the Lakers, who were again without Kobe Bryant due to an ankle injury.
The New York Knicks snapped a four-game losing streak by seeing off the Utah Jazz 90-83, JR Smith contributing 20 points and Raymond Felton 19 for the victors.
The Washington Wizards' three-game winning run ended in a 119-114 loss against the Bobcats in Charlotte, Gerald Henderson leading the victors with 27 points.
Jrue Holiday scored 27 points, including a couple of decisive late free throws, as the Philadelphia 76ers edged the Portland Trail Blazers 101-100, while the Detroit Pistons suffered their ninth consecutive defeat, going down 119-82 against the Brooklyn Nets.
Elsewhere, Gerald Green's 20 points helped the Indiana Pacers topple the Cavaliers 111-90 in Cleveland, 24 points from Darren Collison lifted the Dallas Mavericks to a 127-113 triumph over the Atlanta Hawks, the Memphis Grizzlies overcame the Minnesota Timberwolves 92-77 and the Golden State Warriors cruised past the New Orleans Hornets 93-72.