Heat burns Pacers

Posted: February 15, 2012

LeBRON JAMES and Dwyane Wade found a way to motivate their teammates last night.

They challenged them to play for history.

James scored 23 points and nearly produced his first triple double in 11 months as Miami rolled to a 105-90 victory at Indiana to become the first NBA team in 33 years to win three road games in three nights.

"I think as far as team chemistry, we got better every single night," James said. "Tonight we had 17 assists. We rebounded and defended. When we do that, we're very, very tough to beat and it shows the professionalism of the group."

The Heat was playing its fourth road game in five days and were facing a team that had just gotten a 2-day break and had hoped to make amends for a 35-point loss last month in Miami. Instead, Indiana got Miami at full power.

Miami matched the three-game feat last achieved by Phoenix from Dec. 21-23, 1979. Plus, at 23-7, Miami has now tied the franchise's best start.

"Our guys wanted this challenge and we were well aware it had not been done in 40 years, to back-to-back-to-back on the road and be able to stay focused," said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra. "We threw out anything we could have used as a crutch."

In other games:

* At Oklahoma City, James Harden scored 22 points, Kevin Durant added 21 as the Thunder beat Utah for the second time in five days, 111-85.

* At Auburn Hills, Mich., Tim Duncan had 18 points and 13 rebounds, and San Antonio overcame a spirited Detroit rally to beat the Pistons, 99-95, for its eighth consecutive victory.

* At Denver, Arron Afflalo scored 20 points, Ty Lawson had 17 and the Nuggets broke open a close game in the third quarter to beat short-handed Phoenix, 109-92. The Suns rested starters Steve Nash and Grant Hill.

* At Chicago, Luol Deng came through with 23 points and a career-high 11 assists, and Chicago beat Sacramento, 121-115, after watching a 19-point, fourth-quarter lead dwindle to two.

* At Memphis, Mike Conley scored 21 points, and Rudy Gay added 20 points and eight rebounds to lead Memphis over Houston, 93-83.

* At Portland, Nick Young scored 35 points and John Wall had 29 as the Washington beat the Trail Blazers, 124-109. The Wizards improved to 7-22 overall, 3-10 on the road.

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