Heat escape Boston with 23rd straight win

Updated: March 18, 2013

The Miami Heat are 10 straight wins away from
matching an unprecedented mark that was once thought never to be threatened.

LeBron James’ go-ahead jumper with 10.5 seconds remaining gave the Heat their
23rd straight victory, a 105-103 triumph over the Boston Celtics.

Miami surpassed the Houston Rockets’ 22-game run during the 2007-08 campaign
to sit alone in second on the NBA’s all-time winning streak list. The 1971-72
Los Angeles Lakers are the only team that stands in the Heat’s way. They won
33 straight contests.

James tallied 37 points, 12 assists and seven rebounds for the Heat, who
overcame a 17-point second quarter deficit.

Coincidentally, the Celtics ended the Rockets’ streak on this very day five
years ago, but not even a career-high 43-point performance from Jeff Green
could help Boston extend its 11-game home winning streak.

After James hit his jumper, Shane Battier blocked Green’s drive down the lane.
Paul Pierce came off a screen on the ensuing out-of-bounds play, but his 3-
point try from the right wing with 4.9 seconds left was off the mark.