Miami Heat make it 22 straight wins
by USA TODAY Sports, USA TODAY
With the exception of close call here and there, the Miami Heat’s winning streak has been marked by dominance.
The Toronto Raptors got a strong dose of that Sunday afternoon as the Heat hammered Toronto 108-91, winning their franchise-record 22nd consecutive game and tying the 2007-08 Houston Rockets for the second-longest winning streak in NBA history.
The Heat can move into second place all alone with a road victory Monday against the Boston Celtics (8 p.m. ET, ESPN).
During the streak, Miami has beaten opponents by an average 11.7 points. Early in the fourth quarter, the Raptors tied the game at 77-77 and then were pounded with one of Miami’s trademark runs. The Heat outscored the Raptors 28-4 during a stretch of six minutes, 21 seconds. LeBron James, who finished with 22 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists, didn’t score a point during that run.
Heat guard Ray Allen scored 16 of his 20 points during the run, hitting 4 of 5 three-pointers. Miami guard Dwyane Wade led the Heat 24 points.
Toronto forward Rudy Gay had a game-high 24 points, and forward-center Amir Johnson had 18 points and 18 rebounds.