As of Tuesday, March 12, 2013
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Heat forward Lebron James drives to the basket against Atlanta Hawks forward Anthony Tolliver during Tuesday's game.
MIAMI -- Dwyane Wade racked up 23 points, six assists and five steals as host Miami rolled to its 19th consecutive win overall and its 15th in a row at home with a 98-81 win against Atlanta.
LeBron James added 15 points, seven rebounds and seven assists and Chris Bosh and Mario Chalmers scored 14 apiece for the Heat, who have not lost since Feb. 1 at Indiana and have won 12 games by double digits during a streak that is tied for fifth-longest in NBA history.
Josh Smith scored 15 points and Al Horford and Jeff Teague added 12 apiece for Atlanta, which has lost three straight and six of seven. The Hawks committed 24 turnovers and were 5-for-22 from 3-point range.
The Heat never trailed and used a 9-0 run early in the first quarter to gain some separation. Atlanta pulled even at 28 on Kyle Korver's 3-pointer about two minutes into the second quarter before Miami began pulling away.
Chalmers hit two 3-pointers during a 10-0 run that broke it open late in the second quarter, and the Hawks never got closer than seven after the break.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Horford had only six rebounds, snapping a string of four consecutive double-doubles. ... Wade has 11 steals in his last two games and has at least one in 23 consecutive contests, the longest streak of his career. ... Korver has hit at least one 3-pointer in 56 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the NBA.