TORONTO – LeBron James reached his latest milestone in signature style.
James scored a season-high 35 points, Dwyane Wade had 20 and the Miami Heat beat the Toronto Raptors 104-95 on Tuesday for their first road victory in three tries this season.
Ray Allen scored 14 points for Miami, which lost at Philadelphia on Oct. 30 and was beaten 101-100 at Brooklyn on Nov. 1.
James also had a season-high eight rebounds and handed out eight assists as Miami topped 100 points for the fifth straight game, extending its team-record run to begin the season.
With a putback dunk at 2:31 of the first quarter, James became the fifth player in NBA history to score 10 points or more in 500 consecutive games.
“When I see a stat like that, I’m like ‘Wow,’ because I know the history of the game, I know the guys who paved the way for myself and my teammates,” James said. “To be in such a great class like that, it’s an amazing feeling.”
James said he was humbled to join Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (with streaks of 787 and 508 games), Michael Jordan (866), Karl Malone (575) and Moses Malone (526) as the only players to accomplish the feat.
“That’s apt company,” teammate Shane Battier said.
It was the 162nd time during the streak that James has reached 10 points in the opening quarter.
Pacers 99, Pistons 91
In Auburn Hills, Michigan, Paul George scored 31 points, and Indiana remained the NBA’s only unbeaten team with a victory over the Pistons.
The Pacers have matched their best start in franchise history. They are 4-0 for the first time since the 2004-05 season.
Mavericks 123, Lakers 104
In Dallas, Monta Ellis had 30 points and nine assists and Dirk Nowitzki was one of seven Mavs players in double figures with 11 points in a win over Los Angeles.
Bobcats 102, Knicks 97
In New York, Kemba Walker scored 25 points, Gerald Henderson added 18 and Charlotte held off a late run by the Knicks to emerge victorious.
Carmelo Anthony scored 32 points to lead New York, but was 10-for-28 from the field..
The Knicks lost starting center Tyson Chandler midway through the first quarter with a right knee injury.
Nets 104, Jazz 88
In Brooklyn, Brook Lopez scored a game-high 27 points, Deron Williams had 10 points and eight assists and the Nets ended their four-game losing streak to Utah.
Suns 104, Pelicans 98
In New Orleans, Eric Bledsoe had 25 points, Gerald Green tied a career high with six 3s and Phoenix rallied to beat the Pelicans.
Rockets 116, Trail Blazers 101
In Portland, James Harden scored 33 points, Dwight Howard added 29 points and 13 rebounds, and Houston beat the Trail Blazers.
Spurs 102, Nuggets 94
In Denver, Tony Parker scored 24 points, Tim Duncan had 17 and San Antonio pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat the Nuggets.
Hawks 105, Kings 100
In Sacramento, Al Horford had 27 points and 10 boards, Paul Millsap had 25 points and 11 rebounds and Atlanta held off the Kings.