James leads Heat past woeful Wizards 99-71

James leads Heat past woeful Wizards 99-71
January 6, 2013, 8:19 pm
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Miami Heat's Chris Bosh (1) goes to the basket against Washington Wizards' Bradley Beal (3) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Miami, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)


MIAMI (AP) LeBron James scored 24 points and the Miami Heat had an edge in rebounding for a change Sunday to beat the woeful Washington Wizards 99-71.

The Heat, beaten on the boards by a total of 38 rebounds over the previous three games, this time enjoyed a 50-39 advantage. Udonis Haslem led them with 12 rebounds.

Miami scored the game's final 21 points and held Washington scoreless over the last 7:07.

James extended his streaks of scoring at least 20 points to 32 consecutive games this season, and 53 in a row including last year's playoff run.

The Wizards, last in the NBA in points and shooting, hit 36 percent. They lost their fifth game in a row and fell to 0-13 on the road against Eastern Conference teams.