MIAMI — Dwyane Wade scored 23 points and the Miami Heat extended their winning streak to 19 games, leading wire-to-wire in beating the Atlanta Hawks 98-81 on Tuesday night.
LeBron James scored 15 and Chris Bosh and Mario Chalmers added 14 apiece for the Heat, who matched the fifth-longest streak in NBA history. They will try for their 20th straight win Wednesday at Philadelphia.
Only three teams have won at least 20 consecutive games in the same season: the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers (33), the 2007-08 Houston Rockets (22) and the 1970-71 Milwaukee Bucks (20).
The Washington Capitols won 20 straight spanning two seasons, from the end of the 1947-48 season to the start of the 1948-49 campaign.
Josh Smith scored 15 for the Hawks.
Timberwolves 107, Spurs 83: In Minneapolis, Ricky Rubio had his first career triple-double with 21 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists, to lead the Timberwolves.
Rubio was 9-of-17 from the field and grabbed his 10th rebound with 9:14 to play.
Stephen Jackson had 14 points and Danny Green 10 for the Spurs.
Lakers 106, Magic 97: In Orlando, Fla., Dwight Howard scored a season-high 39 points, had 16 rebounds and was sent to the free throw line 39 times by his former team as the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Magic.
Jameer Nelson led Orlando with 21 points.
Bobcats 100, Celtics 74: In Charlotte, N.C., Gerald Henderson had a career-high 35 points, and the Bobcats snapped a 10-game losing streak.
Henderson was 11-of-19 from the field and knocked down all 12 of his free throws.
Ben Gordon scored 17 points, and new starting forward Josh McRoberts had his first double-double for Charlotte with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Mavericks 115, Bucks 108: In Milwaukee, Vince Carter hit three key 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and scored 23 points off the bench for the Dallas Mavericks.
Dirk Nowitzki added 19 points while O.J. Mayo had 14.
Monta Ellis scored 32 points for the Bucks.
Cavaliers 95, Wizards 90: In Cleveland, Dion Waiters scored 20 points, Alonzo Gee added 17 and the Cavaliers held off a late run by the Wizards.
John Wall led Washington with a season-high 27 points.