Source: Agencies | 2013-3-19 | NEWSPAPER EDITION
BACK where their winning streak started on Super Bowl Sunday, the Miami Heat kept rolling right into March Madness.
Now it's on to Boston to face the rival Celtics - the team which ended the last streak this long.
The Heat equaled the second-longest winning streak in National Basketball Association history, pulling away in the fourth quarter on Sunday to beat the Toronto Raptors 108-91 for their 22nd consecutive victory.
"It's a special ride right now that we're on," LeBron James said. "The best thing about it is we're doing it together."
James had 22 points and 12 rebounds for his career-best 32nd double-double of the season, Dwyane Wade had 24 points and nine assists, and Ray Allen scored 16 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter for the defending NBA champions.
Chris Bosh finished with 18 points as the Heat matched the 22 consecutive wins recorded by the 2007-08 Houston Rockets. The NBA's longest streak is 33 games, set by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers.
Miami will try to move into sole possession of second when it visits the Celtics - who ended the Rockets' run five years ago and have won 11 in a row at home.
The Heat have faced the Celtics twice so far this season. They blew out Boston 120-107 in Miami on opening night, then lost 98-100 in double-overtime on the road on January 27, the day Boston learned that Rajon Rondo needed knee surgery.
Elsewhere on Sunday, it was: Bucks 115, Magic 109; Clippers 93, Knicks 80; Warriors 108, Rockets 78; Timberwolves 97, Hornets 95; Thunder 107, Mavericks 101; Hawks 105, Nets 93; and Lakers 113, Kings 102.
In Toronto, Miami blew it open behind Allen's 3-point shooting after Toronto tied it at 77 early in the fourth quarter. "Those (3-pointers) are what we feared for so many years (when Allen was with Boston)," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "He can turn a game around just like that."
Rudy Gay scored 27 and Amir Johnson had 18 points and 18 rebounds as the Raptors lost their 11th straight against Miami.