Heat beat 76ers with James triple-double
PHILADELPHIA - Agence France-Presse
Miami Heat’s superstar forward LeBron James dunks the ball near the Philadelphia 76ers forward Dorell Wright (4) during their meeting in Philadelphia. REUTERS photoDwyane Wade had a game-high 33 points and LeBron James notched a triple-double as the NBA champions Miami Heat downed Philadelphia 114-90 on Feb. 23 to stretch their winning streak to 10.
Mario Chalmers scored 14 points and Chris Bosh added 13 for the Heat, who improved to 39-14 and have a comfortable five-and-a-half game lead over Indiana in the Eastern Conference.
Wade hits milestone
Wade’s points tally, on 14-of-18 shooting, saw him reach 16,000 career points. James helped him get there as he got his teammate the ball often in the early going.
James scored just five points in the first two periods, but finished with 16 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds for his third triple-double of the season.
The Heat’s current winning streak includes four straight road victories.
They now have their second double-digit winning streak since Bosh, James and Wade joined forces, the other a 12-game streak in the 2010-2011 season.
“Right now, we just want to continue to pile up the wins as much as possible,” Wade said.
Added Bosh: “We really have a very good chance to kind of separate ourselves from the rest of the pack, and continue to get better.”