(MIAMI) — LeBron James missed most of the fourth quarter, but the Miami Heat kept their streak alive.
James scored 25 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to lead the Heat past the Philadelphia 76ers, 102-93 for their 17th straight victory.
The win matched the longest winning streak in the NBA this season and also equaled the 12th-longest streak in NBA history.
“Good team win, particularly in the second half,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “Our bench was really dialed in.”
The Heat (46-14) were down nine in the third quarter, but used a buzzer-beating shot by James to ignite a run into the fourth, where they put the game away with James on the bench for most of the final quarter.
Philadelphia (23-38) got 25 points from Thaddeus Young in the loss.
The win also clinched a playoff spot for the Heat.
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