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 Heat went on to defeat the Charlotte Bobcats 99-94 at the AmericanAirlines Arena Monday night and were due to take on the Houston Rockets Wednesday night.)
The victory over Toronto guaranteed 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 a week’s time.
“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.”
Dwyane Wade added 23 points as the Heat bounced back after Friday’s 102-89 loss at Indiana. James and Wade were voted onto the starting lineup for the East, while Bosh was named a reserve.