LeBron James scored 27 points, and the Miami Heat became the fourth team to win at least 20 consecutive games in a season, rallying to beat the visiting Philadelphia 76ers 98-94 on Wednesday.
Dwyane Wade added 21 points as the Heat needed big baskets over the final two minutes to get the milestone win.
"It certainly was not pretty, not the way we scripted it," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.
Other teams to have won at least 20 straight in the same season are the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers (33), 2007-08 Houston Rockets (22) and 1970-71 Milwaukee Bucks (20).
Hawks 96, Lakers 92: Kobe Bryant severely sprained his left ankle after missing a game-tying shot in the closing seconds. Los Angeles said Bryant is out indefinitely.
"I'll just do what I have to do" to get back, he said.
The injury occurred after Bryant put up the baseline jumper with 3 seconds left. His left foot landed on Dahntay Jones' right foot, twisting awkwardly. X-rays were negative.
"That's a shot I'm very comfortable taking," said Bryant, who finished with 31 points but made just 11 of 33 shots. "You just can't go under these shooters, man. It's a dangerous play."
Devin Harris scored 17 points for host Atlanta.
Rockets 111, Suns 81: Donatas Motiejunas had 19 points to lead five starters in double figures as host Houston routed Phoenix. The Rockets stayed in the No. 7 spot in the
Thunder 110, Jazz 87: Kevin Durant had 23 points, and host Oklahoma City crushed Utah. The Jazz lost for the eighth time in 10 games and remained one-half game behind the Lakers for eighth in the West.
Grizzlies 96, Clippers 85: Marc Gasol scored 21 points, Tayshaun Prince added 18, and Memphis beat host Los Angeles for its 14th win in 15 games. The Grizzlies hung on in the fourth quarter of back-to-back games for their sixth straight victory.
Nuggets 117, Knicks 94: Carmelo Anthony's return to Denver was a flop, as Wilson Chandler had 24 points and the Nuggets routed the Knicks. The Nuggets led by as many as 34 points en route to their 10th straight win. Anthony left early in the second half when his balky right knee acted up. He had just nine points on 3-of-12 shooting.
Celtics 112, Raptors 88: Kevin Garnett had 12 points, passing Jerry West for 15th on the NBA's career scoring list, and Paul Pierce joined him among the top 20 scorers in history with 15 points as host Boston beat Toronto. Garnett needed four points to pass West (25,192 points), and Pierce entered the game nine points shy of tying Charles Barkley (23,757) for 20th.
Kings 121, Bulls 79: Tyreke Evans had 26 points and seven assists in Sacramento's most lopsided win of the season. The host Kings led by 34 in the second quarter.