Miami only fourth team to win 20 straight

PHILADELPHIA — LeBron James scored 27 points and the Miami Heat became the fourth team to win at least 20 consecutive games in a season, rallying to beat the Philadelphia 76ers 98-94 on Wednesday night.

Only three other teams have won at least 20 consecutive games in the same season: the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers (33), the 2007-08 Houston Rockets (22) and the 1970-71 Milwaukee Bucks (20). The Washington Capitols also won 20 straight, spanning the end of the 1947-48 season and the start of the 1948-49 campaign.

Hawks 96, Lakers 92

At Atlanta, Lakers star Kobe Bryant is out indefinitely with a severe left ankle sprain suffered Wednesday.

X-rays were negative.

Bryant finished with 31 points, but made just 11 of 33 shots. He drove the baseline with a chance to force overtime but watched his jumper slide off the rim with 3 seconds remaining. Making matters worse, he landed on Dahntay Jones' foot and twisted his left ankle, crumpling to the court in pain.

Warriors 105, Pistons 97

At Oakland, Calif., Stephen Curry had 31 points and eight assists and David Lee added 20 points and 15 rebounds for Golden State.

Former South Medford standout Kyle Singler turned in 17 points and four rebounds for the Pistons.

Grizzlies 96, Clippers 85

At Los Angeles, Marc Gasol scored 21 points, Tayshaun Prince added 18 and surging Memphis got its 14th victory in 15 games.

Nuggets 117, Knicks 94

At Denver, Carmelo Anthony's return to the Pepsi Center was a flop as Wilson Chandler scored 24 points and Denver blew out ailing New York.

Celtics 112, Raptors 88

At Boston, Kevin Garnett scored 12 points, passing Jerry West for 15th on the NBA's career scoring list, and Paul Pierce joined him among the top 20 scorers in league history with 15 points to lead Boston.

Pacers 107, Timberwolves 91

At Indianapolis, Roy Hibbert had a season-high 27 points and 12 rebounds to lead Indiana.

Wizards 106, Bucks 93

At Washington, John Wall had 23 points and 10 assists to lead Washington past Milwaukee.

Rockets 111, Suns 81

At Houston, Donatas Motiejunas scored a career-high 19 points to lead five Houston starters in double figures.

Thunder 110, Jazz 87

At Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant scored 23 points and Russell Westbrook added 19.

Kings 121, Bulls 79

At Sacramento, Calif., Tyreke Evans had 26 points and seven assists for Sacramento.

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