The Miami Heat edged closer to the Los Angeles Lakers' longest winning streak in NBA history, beating Orlando 108-94 on Monday behind a 24-point effort from LeBron James.
James also had 11 assists and nine rebounds for the Heat who claimed their 27th consecutive victory as they close in on the 33-game winning streak set by the 1971-72 Lakers, who had Wilt Chamberlain, Elgin Baylor and Jerry West on the team.
This year's scorching-hot Heat team features all-stars James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, but they had to do without Wade on Monday, who missed his second straight game with a sore right knee.
First-place Miami are just six victories away from tying the Lakers and haven't tasted defeat since February 1 on the road against the Indiana Pacers.
The dominant win over the Magic kicked off a four-game road trip for Miami, who have won 13 in a row as the visitors. The Heat will also travel to Chicago, New Orleans and the San Antonio Spurs on the upcoming road swing. Wade is hoping to return for Wednesday's game against Chicago.
Tobias Harris finished with a team-high 20 points for the Magic who have lost seven games in a row.
Elsewhere, the New Orleans Hornets beat Denver 110-86 to end the visiting Nuggets' 15-game winning streak.
The Washington Wizards downed the Memphis Grizzlies 107-94 for their sixth straight home win.
The Indiana Pacers outlasted the Atlanta Hawks 100-94, the Golden State Warriors held off the LA Lakers 109-103, with Kobe Bryant pouring in 36 points for the Lakers, and the Utah Jazz were too strong with a 107-91 win over the Philadelphia 76ers.
Photo: Getty Images