MIAMI - The Miami Heat won their 18th consecutive game, defeating the Indiana Pacers 105-91 Sunday night at AmericanAirlines Arena.
The Heat raced to a 23-point lead midway through the third quarter and held on for the win.
Miami was led in scoring by Mario Chalmers, who had 26 points, while Chris Bosh added 24 and Dwyane Wade 23.
LeBron James scored 13 points - his lowest output during the streak - but added seven assists and six rebounds.
Miami's defense was also tough, holding Pacers star Paul George to 10 points on 2-of-11 shooting. That effort on George helped the Heat improve to 29-3 at home this season.
The Heat streak is the longest in the NBA this season, exceeding the Clippers' 17-game run.
Also left in the Heat's rear-view mirror is the 17-game streak put together by the 1959-60 Boston Celtics that had been the longest ever by a defending NBA champion.
The Heat have also exceeded the NFL Miami Dolphins for the longest single-season streak of any Miami pro franchise. The Dolphins posted a perfect season in 1972, going 17-0.
Miami has already clinched a playoff berth. It accomplished that on Friday night with a win over the Philadelphia 76ers. It is the quickest clinch in Heat history.
The Pacers are the last team to beat the Heat, winning in Indiana102-89 on Feb. 1. The Heat, though, has beaten every team in the league this season - the first time in franchise history they have accomplished that feat.
NOTES: Pacers Coach Frank Vogel said he is "hopeful" Indiana will get a quick return from injured forward Danny Granger, who missed the first 54 game of the season with a knee injury. He has since re-aggravated the injury. "He had a minor setback with having to miss a week," Vogel said. "We are hoping he gets back in the rotation, and, by playoff time, he can play 35 to 40 minutes. That's the goal." ... Entering Sunday, the Pacers were 2-0 against the Heat this season, although both games were in Indiana. In last year's playoffs, the Pacers had a 2-1 series lead before the Heat stormed back to win in six games. ... With an official announcement expected on Tuesday, the Pacers are set to play the Rockets in an exhibition in the Philippines on Oct. 10. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, who has Filipino ancestry on his mother's side, said he believes tremendous interest will be generated for the game. "It's an exciting thing that the country will celebrate every single month leading up to that game," he said. "The fans are incredible there." ... Up next, the Heat play host to Atlanta on Tuesday before traveling to Philadelphia on Wednesday. ... The Pacers return home for two straight games: Wednesday vs. Minnesota and Friday against the Lakers.