BOSTON (Sporting Alert) — LeBron James hit the go ahead jumper with 10.5 left on the clock and the Miami Heat went on to beat the Boston Celtics 105-103 and extend its winning streak to 23 successive games on Monday night.
James finished with 37 points, 12 assists and seven rebounds to pace the Heat, which trailed 96-83 with 8:00 minutes left in the contest.
“We were down a lot of time tonight, and I was just happy to hit the game winning shot in the end,” James said.
Jeff Green had a super night for the Boston Celtics, finishing with a career-high 43 points and seven rebounds, while Paul Pierce, who missed the potential game winning three-pointer in the closing seconds, added 17 points and Courtney Lee ended with 13 for the Celtics, which played without injured center Kevin Garnett.
Mario Chalmers scored 21 points, Dwyane Wade supported with 16 points, seven rebounds and six assists and Chris Bosh added 13 for Miami in the victory.
The win saw the Heat extending its streak to the second longest in NBA history, going past the 22 straight accomplished by the Houston Rockets in the 2007-08 season.
Miami will look to improve this mark and move closer to the 33 in a row won by the Los Angeles Lakers in 1971-72, at the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night.