Earlier today, the Heat won their 22nd straight game when they topped the Raptors, tying the second the longest winning streak in NBA history. LeBron James had 22 points and 12 rebounds in 32nd double-double of the season, Dwyane Wade had 24 points and nine assists, and Ray Allen had 16 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter as Miami cruised to victory. Here's more from around the Association…
- Chris Andersen tells Shams Charania of RealGM.com that was surprised the Heat picked him up earlier this year after he underwent offseason knee surgery and was released via the amnesty clause from the Nuggets. The Birdman's upside intrigued Miami's front office like no other free agent big man, Charania writes.
- One NBA scout told Sam Amico of FOX Sports (on Twitter) that most GMs wish they could sit out the 2013 draft. The trouble is, no one particularly wants to trade for their picks.
- Speaking of the 2013 draft, Joe Kotoch of Sheridan Hoops has his top 20 NBA draft prospects as we look ahead to March Madness. Despite his knee injury, Kentucky's Nerlens Noel still tops Kotoch's list.
Chuck Myron contributed to this post.