TORONTO (AP) — Both on the court and along the sidelines, the Miami Heat will be well represented at this month's NBA All-Star game.
LeBron James scored 30 points, Chris Bosh had 28 against his former team and the Miami Heat beat Toronto 100-85 Sunday for their 10th straight victory over the Raptors.
The victory guarantees Miami the top spot in the Eastern Conference as of Feb. 3, percentage points ahead of the New York Knicks. That means Heat coach Erik Spoelstra and his staff will be in charge when the All-Stars suit up in Houston in two weeks.
"It's awesome," James said. "It's a testament to our coaches' preparedness. As players we go out there and just try to execute their game plan. We're happy for them."
Spoelstra, the fifth-year coach who led the Heat to the NBA championship last June, called the All-Star nod "a heck of an honor."
"We're happy to go, we're excited about it," Spoelstra said. "You don't spend any time thinking about it as it's happening, you're just trying to prepare your team and make sure you have the best record. Now that it happened, it's cool. We'll make the most of it. Our staff is thrilled about it. Our players gave us congratulations afterward. That's about as rare a thing as you'll ever get in this league."
Dwyane Wade added 23 points as the Heat bounced back after Friday's 102-89 loss at Indiana, ensuring their team Super Bowl viewing party would be a happy one.
"It's good to get this one to close out this road trip so we can enjoy this evening and enjoy the second game," Spoelstra said.
James had indicated his displeasure last Wednesday after realizing he would miss the Super Bowl while flying back to Florida after the game. The Heat's private plane is not equipped with satellite TV or wireless Internet.
To accommodate James, the Heat delayed their return home for Monday's game against Charlotte until after the Super Bowl, which they planned to watch at a bar adjoining the Air Canada Centre. Real Sports Bar and Grill is operated by Raptors team owner Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment.
"You don't want to be thinking about ways you could have helped the team win while you're trying to watch the Super Bowl," James said. "We're happy we took care of it."
James and Wade were voted onto the starting lineup for the East, while Bosh was named a reserve last week.
With injured Boston guard Rajon Rondo set to miss out after tearing a knee ligament, Spoelstra was asked whether he'd consider putting Bosh into the starting lineup.
"I've only given this thought for the last nine minutes," Spoelstra said. "But I will tell you this unequivocally: My loyalties are first and foremost always with the Miami Heat."
Whether he starts or not, Bosh said he was happy to see Spoelstra and his staff earn the trip to Houston.
"They deserve it," Bosh said. "They work hard, just like us. To be able to have that honor and that privilege, it's a great thing."