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Miami Heat Overcome 27 Point Deficit, Beat Cavs 98-95

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CLEVELAND, OH - MARCH 20:  Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat tosses up the shot against Tyler Zeller #40 of the Cleveland Cavaliers at The Quicken Loans Arena on March 20, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. Copyright 2013 NBAE (Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)

CLEVELAND, OH – MARCH 20: Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat tosses up the shot against Tyler Zeller #40 of the Cleveland Cavaliers at The Quicken Loans Arena on March 20, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. Copyright 2013 NBAE (Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)

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CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James scored 25 points as the Miami Heat overcame a 27-point deficit in the third quarter and won their 24th straight game, 98-95 over the short-handed Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night to extend the second-longest winning streak in NBA history.

The Heat are within nine games of matching the record of 33 consecutive wins held by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers.

James and his teammates have insisted the record isn’t one of their goals, and for more than 30 minutes the defending champions seemed disinterested and on the verge of losing for the first time since Feb. 1. Miami trailed 67-40 with 7:44 left in the third quarter.

But behind the irrepressible James, who added 12 rebounds and 10 assists, the Heat inched closer to history by matching the biggest comeback in the NBA this season.

(© 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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