Heat gets 23rd straight win

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BOSTON -- LeBron James made the go-ahead jumper with 10.5 seconds left to lead Miami to its 23rd consecutive victory, 105-103, over the Celtics in Boston Monday night.

It's the second-longest winning streak in NBA history, surpassing the 22 straight that Houston won in 2007-08 and trailing only the 33 in a row won by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers.

James had 37 points, 12 assists and seven rebounds 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 three-pointer with 3 seconds left that could have given Boston the win.

Mario Chalmers had 21 points, Dwyane Wade had 16 points and Chris Bosh added 13 for the Heat.

Courtney Lee had 13 points for the Celtics, who led most of the game.

The Celtics came out hard and outscored the Heat 31-19 in the first quarter. Miami was playing a back-to-back after beating the Raptors in Toronto Sunday night.

The Heat (52-14) next returns to James' old stamping grounds as it plays the Cavaliers in Cleveland on Wednesday night. Boston (36-30) is tied for sixth in the Eastern Conference. -- AP

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