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James, Heat stretch win streak to 27
Tuesday - 3/26/2013, 6:12pm EDT
AP Basketball Writer
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- LeBron James was in perfect position for the rebound he needed for a triple-double. Near the rim, no Orlando opponents in his way, he readied his hands as he gazed toward the basket.
Only problem was, E'Twaun Moore made the shot.
James' night was complete a few moments later. No triple-double, the 24th time he fell short of the feat by exactly one assist or one rebound. And that was basically the only thing the Miami Heat could have possibly been disappointed about on Monday night.
Miami's winning streak is now 27 games, six shy of matching the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers for the longest such run in league history, after James finished with 24 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds and the Heat pulled away down the stretch to beat the Orlando Magic 108-94.
"We'll take this," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "And we'll move on to the next game of our business trip."
That comes Wednesday in Chicago.
James has 36 triple-doubles in his career, and has been one play away from two dozen more. The only reason for him to still be on the floor with less than 4 minutes to go in a 20-point game was to see if he could add one more to the collection -- and when it didn't happen, he feigned a bit of anger.
"I'm going to go down as the almost-triple-double king," James said.
That wasn't what the Heat will remember from Monday night, however. A 20-2 run spanning the end of the third quarter and start of the fourth will be what stands out, because that 4
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