LeBron James made the go-ahead jumper with 10.5 seconds left to lead the Miami Heat to its 23rd consecutive victory, the second-longest streak in NBA history, with a 105-103 victory over the host Boston Celtics on Monday.

The Heat surpassed the 22 straight that Houston won in 2007-08 and trail only the 33 in a row won by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers.

"It means a lot," James said. "I know the history of the game. To be sitting in second place right now ... for us to be there and doing it the way we want to do it, it means a lot."

James scored 37 points and had 12 assists as the Heat won in Boston in the regular season for the first time in 11 tries despite a career-high 43 points from Jeff Green. The Celtics were without Kevin Garnett, who has the flu and a left-thigh strain.

Paul Pierce had 17 points, eight rebounds and eight assists for the Celtics. But he missed a 3-pointer with three seconds left that could have given Boston the win.

Nuggets 119, Bulls 118: Andre Iguodala's 3-pointer with 7.1 seconds left in overtime sent Denver past host Chicago for its 12th consecutive victory.

Reserve Wilson Chandler scored 35 points to lead the Nuggets, who reached 100 points for the 12th time in their past 13 games.

Suns 99, Lakers 76: Luis Scola scored all 14 of his points, including his second 3-pointer of the season, in the fourth quarter for host Phoenix.

Lakers guard Kobe Bryant missed his second game in a row because of a sprained left ankle.


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Knicks 90, Jazz 83: J.R. Smith scored 20 points off the bench as New York defeated Utah in Salt Lake City.

Pacers 111, Cavaliers 90: Gerald Green scored 20 points and Tyler Hansbrough, starting in place of the injured David West, had 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead Indiana in Cleveland.

Nets 119, Pistons 82: Deron Williams scored 31 points in 28 minutes, and Brooklyn routed Detroit to open its eight-game trip.

  • Pistons coach Lawrence Frank returned to the team after missing six games because of his wife's illness.

    Mavericks 127, Hawks 113: Darren Collison scored 24 points and hot-shooting Dallas set a season high for points in a game with its victory in Atlanta.

    76ers: Center Andrew Bynum will have season-ending arthroscopic surgery on both knees Tuesday. He has not played this season because of bone bruises in his knees.

    Michael Jordan: A lawyer for Pamela Smith, who says Michael Jordan fathered her teenage son, has withdrawn her client's paternity suit.