Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Miami's Streak Extends to 24

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Miami's Streak Extends 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.

James and his teammates have insisted the record isn't one of their goals, and for more than 30 minutes the defending champions seemed disinterested and on the verge of losing for the first time since Feb. 1. Miami trailed 67-40 with 7:44 left in the third quarter.

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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James Harden had 29 points and the Houston Rockets improved their positioning in the Western Conference playoff race with a 100-93 win against the visiting Utah Jazz.

* 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.

* 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). Xavier Malisse of Belgium beat American qualifier Rajeev Ram, 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-4.

* 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.S. captain, Watson said he would take the top nine players off the Ryder Cup standings and select three players as captain's picks. …

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