LeBron James’ game-winner against Celtics gives Heat 23rd straight win
By Ben Golliver
The Heat won their 23rd consecutive game on Monday, defeating the Celtics in Boston 105-103 thanks to a game-winning jumper by LeBron James.
With 15 seconds remaining in regulation and the score tied at 103, James worked one-on-one against Jeff Green as the shot clock wound down. Pulling up from just inside the three-point line at the left angle, James knocked home the game-winner with 10.5 seconds remaining. Boston was unable to score on its ensuing possession.
It was a busy night in the highlights department for the NBA’s reigning MVP. In the second quarter, James dunked all over Celtics guard Jason Terry, leaving him flattened like a pancake.
James finished with a team-high 37 points (on 16-for-29 shooting), 12 assists, seven rebounds, two steals and two blocks in 42 minutes. He scored 13 fourth quarter points to help Miami come back by trailing by as many as 17 points. The Heat also overcame a career-high 43 points from Jeff Green.
The Heat are now in sole possession of the second-longest consecutive-game winning streak in NBA history. Entering Monday, the Heat had been tied with the 2007-2008 Rockets at 22 games. Miami now turn its attention to the 1971-1972 Lakers, who hold the NBA’s all-time record by winning 33 consecutive games.