Late in the third quarter, with the score tied, LeBron James badly missed a layup, got angry and committed a foul after the rebound. On the next possession, he threw down a fierce dunk.
Everything changed in that instant. The game became a runaway, and the Miami Heat defeated the host Orlando Magic 108-94 Monday for its 27th consecutive victory, moving another step closer to the record of 33 in a row set by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers.
James' dunk started a 20-2 run over 4 1/2 minutes, putting the Heat in control for good.
"I missed some easy layups," said James, who finished with 24 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds. "That's what makes me mad more than anything. I missed some easy layups. So for a scorer, getting a dunk, an easy one like a layup or a dunk, it helps."
Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade missed his second consecutive game because of a sore right knee.
Hornets 110, Nuggets 86: Ryan Anderson scored 23 points, Brian Roberts doubled his career high with 18 assists and host New Orleans ended Denver's winning streak at 15.
This one was never close. The Hornets went ahead 25-11 in the first quarter, getting back-to-back, wide-open 3-pointers from Anderson to cap the early run against the sluggish Nuggets.
The Hornets played without starting guards Eric Gordon and Greivis Vasquez. Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson missed his third consecutive game because of a right-heel injury.
Washington 107 Memphis 94: John Wall scored a career-high 47 points and added eight assists, and Washington beat visiting Memphis.
Wall shot 13 of 22 from the field and made a career-high 19 free throws on 24 attempts.
Jazz 107, 76ers 91: Randy Foye scored 17 points, Gordon Hayward added 15 on 3-of-3 shooting beyond the 3-point arc and Utah beat Philadelphia in Salt Lake City.
Pacers 100, Hawks 94: Gerald Green scored 19 points and Roy Hibbert finished with 17 points and 13 rebounds, leading short-handed Indiana past visiting Atlanta.
Celtics: Forward Kevin Garnett is expected to miss at least a week because of inflammation in his left ankle.
Kings: Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson announced that Paul Jacobs, CEO of the international technology company Qualcomm, has agreed to become part of the group bidding to buy the team and keep it in Sacramento.