It will take LeBron James five more championships to pull even in that conversation with Michael Jordan. But Sunday he pulled even in one respect: longest career winning streak. On that count: LeBron 18, M.J. 18. Of course this 105-91 victory over the Indiana Pacers at AmericanAirlines Arena was about more than superstar minutiae. It was a late-season statement made. Entering 0-2 against the Pacers, pummeled twice in losses in Indianapolis, the Miami Heat made the most of their lone home game this season against Indiana. And it was about more than James, who closed with a season-low 13 points. It was about big-game Mario Chalmers stepping up with 26 points on 7-of-9 shooting and seven assists, the rare opponent where the Heat can have an advantage at point guard. It was about Chris Bosh pulling Pacers center Roy Hibbert out of the paint with his silky-smooth jumpers, closing with 25 points on 11-of-15 shooting. It was about Dwyane Wade scoring enough in a 23-point performance to allow James to take a break at the start of the fourth quarter. And it was about Ray Allen finally finding away against the Pacers, after going scoreless in the teams' first two meetings, this time closing with 11 points. At 18 victories in a row, the Heat moved into a six-way tie for the seventh-longest winning streak in NBA history, with Jordan's career-best 18-game winning streak a part of the Chicago Bulls' 72-win season in 1995-96. The NBA record is 33 in a row by the Los Angeles Lakers in 1971-72.
Heat pummel Pacers 105-91, win streak at 18
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