Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Miami's Streak Extended to 24

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Miami's Streak Extended to 24

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LeBron James scored 25 points as the Miami Heat overcame a 27- point deficit in the third quarter and won their 24th consecutive game, 98-95, against the short-handed Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland to extend the second-longest winning streak in NBA history.

Miami is within nine games of matching the record of 33 consecutive wins held by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers.

Although the Cavaliers were missing All-Star guard Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters and Anderson Varejao -- their top three scorers -- they pushed Miami to the limit.

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Marc Gasol tipped in Zach Randolph's miss with less than a second left in overtime to give the host Memphis Grizzlies a stunning 90- 89 victory against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

* Tim Duncan had 25 points, 13 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 blocks and the host San Antonio Spurs beat the Golden State Warriors, 104- 93

* James Harden had 29 points as the Houston Rockets defeated he visiting Utah Jazz, 100-93.

* Byron Mullens scored 25 points and Gerald Henderson had another solid all-around game as the host Charlotte Bobcats beat the Toronto Raptors, 107-101.

* Brook Lopez scored 38 points and Deron Williams had 31 in his first visit to Dallas since spurning his hometown team in free agency, leading the Brooklyn Nets past the Mavericks, 113-96

* Carmelo Anthony scored 21 points after missing the previous three games with a knee injury, and the New York Knicks beat the visiting Orlando Magic, 106-94.

* Jeff Teague scored 27 points to lead the host Atlanta Hawks past the Milwaukee Bucks, 98-90.

TENNIS

Three-time Grand Slam winner Lleyton Hewitt advanced to the second round of the Sony Open in Key Biscayne, Fla., beating Joao Sousa of Portugal, 6-1, 7-6 (3).

* The U.S. Open will increase its annual prize money to $50 million by 2017 -- nearly double what it was in 2012 -- and switch back to a Sunday men's final in 2015.

GOLF

Tom Watson is giving back one of his captain's picks for the Ryder Cup. In his first big move since he was appointed U. …

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