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20 and Counting: James, Wade lead Heat to 20th straight win, 98-94 over 76ers

Wednesday, 03.13.2013 / 9:35 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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20 and Counting: James, Wade lead Heat to 20th straight win, 98-94 over 76ers

PHILADELPHIA - LeBron James scored 27 points and the Miami Heat became the fourth team to win at least 20 consecutive games in a season, rallying to beat the Philadelphia 76ers 98-94 on Wednesday night.

Dwyane Wade added 21 as the Heat needed big baskets over the final 2 minutes to top the Sixers for the milestone win.

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 also won 20 straight, spanning the end of the 1947-48 season and the start of the 1948-49 campaign.

Thaddeus Young had 24 points and 15 rebounds for the Sixers.

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