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Miami Heat ties franchise record with 14th consecutive victory | NBA
By The Associated Press
NEW YORK — LeBron James stretched his arm above the rim, soaring high on a shaky knee and turning his steal into a finishing dunk as Carmelo Anthony hung his head near midcourt.
The Heat took the Knicks' best shot, but it wasn't good enough to beat the defending champs.
Nothing is right now.
James had 29 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists, and Miami tied a franchise record with its 14th straight victory, rallying for a 99-93 victory at New York on Sunday.
"We feel like this is one of our better wins of the season, even under the circumstances that we went through tonight, a little adversity being down double digits," James said.
Dwyane Wade had 20 points, eight rebounds and eight assists for the Heat, which had to overcome a 16-point deficit to beat the Knicks for the first time in three tries this season. Chris Bosh bounced back from a dismal first half to finish with 16 points and Shane Battier made all four three-point attempts to score 12.
The Heat won its sixth straight on the road by controlling the final minutes against a team that had a pair of 20-point victories over them this season and looked ready to run them out of the building again.
But James shook off a third-quarter leg injury and was back in top form by the finish, putting it away by coming up with a steal and throwing down a dunk with 23 seconds left.
"Obviously, it's great to win games, period. But when you're on a win streak, you've got to find many different ways to win ballgames and we've had comebacks in the last seconds, we've had double-overtime games, but this was probably the most thrilling one," Wade said.
Carmelo Anthony scored 32 points for the Knicks, who had won three in a row. Jason Kidd emerged from a lengthy slump to finish with 14 points, eight rebounds and six assists.
• Kevin Durant scored 35 points, Russell Westbrook had 29 points and 10 assists, and visiting Oklahoma City held off a late rally by the Los Angeles Clippers to win 108-104.
Chris Paul scored 26 points and Blake Griffin and Jamal Crawford, a former standout at Rainier Beach High, added 20 points apiece for the Clippers.
• John Wall scored the game's final six points after teammate Bradley Beal left the court with a sprained ankle, leading the host Washington Wizards to a 90-87 win over Philadelphia. Martell Webster scored 16 points for Washington and Spencer Hawes had 14 points and 11 rebounds for the 76ers. They were high-school teammates at Seattle Prep.
• Kobe Bryant scored 11 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter and hit the go-ahead layup with nine seconds left, leading the Los Angeles Lakers back to .500 (30-30) with a 99-98 victory over visiting Atlanta. Steve Blake stole Josh Smith's final pass in the waning seconds for the Lakers, who blew a 16-point lead in the second half.
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