MIAMI - Miami extended its winning streak to 17 games with a 102-93 victory over Philadelphia Friday night at AmericanAirlines Arena. The victory tied the Clippers' 17-game win streak from Nov. 28-Dec. 30, 2012, as the longest winning streak in the NBA this season. Down by one point early in the fourth quarter, the Heat scored 10 straight points to take control. LeBron James led all scorers with 25 points as the Heat (46-14) beat the 76ers (23-38) for the 13th straight time - seven of those by double digits. While Philadelphia's road losing streak was extended to 12 - the organization's longest since a 20-game streak from Dec. 28, 1987-March 4, 1988 - Miami remains unbeaten at home in its past 13 games. Five Philadelphia players finished in double digits, paced by Thaddeus Young's 23. Former Heat guard Dorell Wright added 14 off the bench. Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh scored 22 and 16 points, respectively, for the Heat. James' buzzer beater handed the Heat a 76-75 lead to end the third quarter. Wright knocked down three 3-pointers in the third - the last of which temporarily gave Philadelphia a two-point lead. Miami fell behind by nine on Evan Turner's jumper with 8:18 remaining in the third quarter. But the Heat went on a 14-4 run, capturing their first lead since the second quarter on Bosh's acrobatic three-point play. Trailing by six, Udonis Haslem took a charge on Spencer Hawes as the Heat scored nine of the next 11 points. After a scoreless opening quarter, Charles Jenkins connected on back-to-back 3-pointers. That and Royal Ivey's bucket from behind the arc helped the 76ers jump out to a 38-33 lead with 8:45 left in the half. Jenkins earned his first start with Philadelphia. He was acquired from the Warriors on Feb. 21. When the Heat pulled within three in the second quarter on a Ray Allen layup, Philadelphia ran out to a pair of eight-point leads. But Miami trimmed the halftime deficit to 51-47 on a Shane Battier 3-pointer and James free throws. The Heat outscored the 76ers 17-4 to close out the first quarter with a 28-24 lead, culminating on Allen's 3-pointer with 1.3 seconds left. James scored eight points during that span. NOTES: Over their previous three games, the Sixers shot just 29.8 percent from three-point range. They made seven of their first nine on Friday and 10-of-19 overall. ... James' 3-pointer at 7:43 of the first quarter was the 1,000th of his career. ... Forward Juwan Howard was inactive. The 40-year-old signed a 10-day contract on Saturday. ... Battier's 3-pointer in the first quarter extended his streak of at least one basket from long distance to 18 straight games. ... Sixers guard Nick Young, who has missed five games with a left ankle sprain, was listed as NWT (Not With Team). Earlier in the season he sat out four games with a left great toe hyperextension. ... Up next: Philadelphia concludes its three-game road trip in Orlando Sunday evening. Miami continues its four-game homestand against the Pacers on Sunday night.
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