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Wade, James lead Heat to record 15th straight win

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 5, 2013 at 2:15 am •  Published: March 5, 2013

"His leg would probably have to fall off for him to miss a game," Chris Bosh said.

His knee was examined when the team arrived in Minnesota and no serious damage was found.

"My knee responded well from that fall yesterday," James said. "I'm blessed. It's nothing really, a little jam when I landed on the floor."

He made 9 of 16 shots and had three steals to offset seven of the team's 24 turnovers. The Heat led 67-54 with four minutes to play in the third quarter and they looked to be cruising to the finish.

But the Wolves fought back. Alexey Shved's driving layup cut the deficit to 76-70 with 8:20 to play, and the home crowd was alive. But the game turned when J.J. Barea was ejected for a Flagrant-2 foul after he knocked Heat guard Ray Allen to the court and Miami responded with a 17-5 surge to put the game away.

Officials initially ruled it a Flagrant 1, but changed the call upon reviewing it, eliciting strong protests from Barea and Wolves coach Rick Adelman, who also picked up a technical.

Allen immediately got up and rushed Barea, but players from both sides stepped in and broke up the confrontation.

"It just came out of nowhere," Allen said. "I was dribbling down the floor, it was a play where he kind of chucked me a little bit and knocked the ball away. I got it back and drove and he just leveled me. I thought it was uncalled for. There's no place for that in this game."

Barea was jawing at Allen as he left the court and said he expected the league to change the call on Tuesday.

"I've been playing in the NBA for seven years," Barea said. "I get hit harder than that every night. I don't get up crying and want to fight."

Chris Bosh added 11 points and nine rebounds, and James played 35 minutes despite being listed as a game-time decision with that twisted left knee.

Derrick Williams had 25 points and 10 rebounds and Ricky Rubio had 14 points, eight assists, six steals and five rebounds for the Timberwolves, who again played without Nikola Pekovic (abdominal strain) and Andrei Kirilenko (strained left calf).

"Any time you get an opportunity set a record, it's great for the organization and the guys involved," James said. "But we want to keep going. We want to keep winning each game by itself. We don't talk about the streak. We just go to the next game and play it out. We look forward to the next one."

NOTES: C Chris Andersen sparked the Heat in the second quarter and finished with six points and seven boards. ... Heat F Shane Battier played under Adelman in Houston. "One of my favorite players I've ever had," Adelman said. ... Baltimore Ravens LB Terrell Suggs, who started high school in St. Paul, sat courtside for the game wearing a Heat cap.