Heat not stopped by Bucks, extend winning run to 21
Milwaukee, WI, United States (4E Sports) – LeBron James and Chris Bosh scored 28 points apiece as the Miami Heat rolled to their 21st straight victory with a 107-94 triumph over the Milwaukee Bucks Friday at BMO Harris Bradley Center.
James also had 10 rebounds and seven assists, Bosh shot 12-for-16 from the field and 2-for-3 from beyond the arc while Dwyane Wade contributed 20 points despite briefly leaving the game after a collision with Larry Sanders.
Shane Battier added nine points on 3-for-4 shooting from beyond the arc while Mario Chalmers and Ray Allen finished with seven points apiece.
With the victory, the Heat (50-14) eclipsed the 20-game winning streaks of Milwaukee in 1971 and Washington spanning the end of 1947-48 and start of 1948-49 seasons.
The Heat can match the 22-game winning streak of the Houston Rockets in 2008 in their next game against the Raptors in Toronto, where the streak started last Feb. 3.
Miami is closing in on the record 33-game winning run of the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1971-72 season.
“I’ve been in the right place at the right time. I’ve been on the right teams at the right times. I’m very fortunate and blessed to have unbelievable teammates and guys who care about winning. That’s all it is,” said Battier, who was with the Rockets when they won 22 straight
Ersan Ilyasova had 26 points and 17 rebounds while Brandon Jennings added 21 for the Bucks (32-32), who lost their third straight game after winning six of seven.
Wade went to the locker room with 7:20 left in the first quarter after he collided with Sanders.
When he returned in the second period, Wade sparked a 12-2 run to turn a 34-all deadlock into a 46-36 lead.
In the fourth, the Bucks pulled within 85-79 but Wade found a wide-open Battier, whose 3-pointer started a 10-2 run that put the game out of reach.