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Heat registers 21st straight win

– LeBron James and Chris Bosh each scored 28 points, and the Miami Heat made it 21 straight wins, beating the Milwaukee Bucks 107-94 Friday night.

Only three other teams have won 20 in a row in one season, and the Heat now trail just the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers (33) and the 2007-08 Houston Rockets (22) after moving ahead of the 1970-71 Bucks.

They withstood an early scare when Dwyane Wade walked to the locker room with a neck strain after crashing to the court. Miami led by as much as 17 in the third quarter, then withstood a push by the Bucks to remain unbeaten since a loss at Indiana on Feb. 1.

Miami next plays Sunday at Toronto, where the winning streak began on Feb. 3.

Bosh was 12 of 16 in the game, nailing two three-pointers. He even converted a four-point play that made it 67-53 about five minutes into the third quarter.

James was his usual dominant self, and Wade finished with 20 points as the Heat avenged a loss at Milwaukee in late December.

Ersan Ilyasova led Milwaukee with 26 points and a season-high 17 rebounds.

Brandon Jennings scored 21 but was 6 of 15 from the field, and the Bucks shot just over 37 percent.

WIZARDS 96, HORNETS 87: In Washington, John Wall put on a rare shooting show Friday night, scoring a season-high 29 points and matching his career high with three three-pointers as Washington ran its home winning streak to four.

Wall went 12 for 15 from the field, including 3 for 3 from three-point range, displaying an outside touch that’s been mostly absent since he was chosen No. 1 overall in the 2010 draft. He entered Friday’s game just 3 for 20 from three-point range for the season, and he was a mere 3 for 42 last season.

Former IU player Eric Gordon scored 20 points for the Hornets.

HAWKS 107, SUNS 94: In Atlanta, Josh Smith made a strong return to Atlanta’s lineup with 17 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists, and the Hawks led by double figures throughout the final quarter.

All five starters scored in double figures. Al Horford had 16 points.

ROCKETS 108, TIMBERWOLVES 100: In Houston, James Harden scored 37 points, Jeremy Lin had 24 and Houston rallied from 20 points down in the third quarter.

RAPTORS 92, BOBCATS 78: In Toronto, Rudy Gay scored 28 points, Amir Johnson had 12 points and a career-high 21 rebounds to lead Toronto.

MAVERICKS 96, CAVALIERS 86: In Dallas, Rodrigue Beaubois scored 18 points off the bench and keyed a fourth-quarter run to lead Dallas.

THUNDER 117, MAGIC 104: In Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant scored 26 points and Russell Westbrook added 23 as Oklahoma City kept up its dominant play at home.

NUGGETS 87, GRIZZLIES 80: In Denver, Kosta Koufos scored 18 points and grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds, helping Denver rally for its 11th straight win, its longest streak in 30 years.

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