Heat make it 25 straight wins

Miami's LeBron James gets off a shot in traffic. The Heat moved within eight of tying the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers for the longest winning streak in NBA history. AP
Miami's LeBron James gets off a shot in traffic. The Heat moved within eight of tying the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers for the longest winning streak in NBA history. AP
Posted: March 24, 2013

LeBron James scored 29 points, Dwyane Wade added 19, and the Miami Heat extended their winning streak to 25 games by pulling away in the second half and beating the visiting Detroit Pistons, 103-89, on Friday night.

Miami shook off a slow start to move within eight of tying the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers for the NBA's longest winning streak.

James added eight rebounds and eight assists for Miami, whose magic number for clinching the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference is now three.

Knicks clinch

Carmelo Anthony scored 37 points, and the New York Knicks clinched a playoff berth with a 99-94 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Friday night. It was the Knicks' 41st win. That guaranteed they'll reach the playoffs for the third straight season, something they hadn't done since a 14-year streak of postseason appearances from 1988 to 2001.

Elsewhere: Kevin Durant scored 11 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter, and the Oklahoma City Thunder held off the Magic, 97-89, in Orlando. . . . In Indianapolis, Tyler Hansbrough had 22 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Pacers to their third straight win, 102-78, over the Milwaukee Bucks.

Ex-Knicks captain dies

Ray Williams, a former Knicks captain who teamed with Micheal Ray Richardson to form one of the league's most flamboyant backcourts, died in New York. Williams, 58, had been hospitalized with colon cancer. He was drafted 10th overall by the Knicks in 1977. He averaged 16.4 points in five seasons with the Knicks and went on to play for New Jersey, Kansas City, Boston, Atlanta, and San Antonio.

- Associated Press

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