Heat trump Bucks to extend win streak to 21 games
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LeBron James and Chris Bosh each scored 28 points, and the Miami Heat made it 21 straight wins by beating the Bucks, 107-94, Friday night in Milwaukee.
Only three other teams have won 20 in a row in one season, and the Heat now trail just the 1971-72 Lakers (33) and the 2007-08 Rockets (22) after moving ahead of the 1970-71 Bucks.
Miami withstood an early scare when Dwyane Wade walked to the locker room with a neck strain after crashing to the court. The Heat led by as many as 17 in the third quarter, then withstood a push by the Bucks to remain unbeaten since a loss at Indiana Feb. 1.
Miami next plays Sunday at Toronto, where the winning streak began Feb. 3.
Bosh hit from all angles and was 12 of 16 in the game, nailing two 3-pointers. He even converted a 4-point play that made it 67-53 about five minutes into the third quarter.
Wade finished with 20 points as the Heat avenged a loss at Milwaukee in late December.
The Heat got a major score when Wade crashed to the court after Larry Sanders blocked his layup.
He took a shot to the head from Sanders’s hip on the follow through and landed hard. Wade stayed down as play went the other way and was tended to for about two minutes underneath the basket after the game was stopped with 7:17 left in the first quarter.
Wade walked to the locker room and came back out early in the second. He re-entered the game with 7:45 left in the half and quickly hit two free throws and a layup.
Lakers 99, Pacers 93 — Kobe Bryant lasted just one quarter on a severely sprained left ankle, then watched Dwight Howard complete a go-ahead 3-point play with 90 seconds left to lift Los Angeles in Indianapolis.
Bryant started two nights after he was hurt, but was ineffective. He went 0 for 4 in the first quarter, then went to the bench and did not return. He spent the second half holding a black box with wires running down to the injured ankle as he cheered on the Lakers.
It wasn’t clear whether Bryant would play Saturday night when Los Angeles returns home to play Sacramento.
Howard finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds.