For all he has accomplished in his 10 NBA seasons, LeBron James had never won 14 consecutive games.
While with the Cleveland Cavaliers, each of his teams' 13-game winning streaks led to losses the next game.
Sunday in New York, it sure looked as though his first 13-game winning streak with the Miami Heat would meet a similar fate.
Down 18 early. Down 14 at halftime. Down 11 late in the third quarter. Center Chris Bosh a virtual no-show, going until midway through the fourth quarter before securing his lone rebound of the afternoon.
Through it all, James now has a piece of Heat history, a self-made piece of history, this 99-93 victory over the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden tying the franchise's longest winning streak at 14. It also was Miami's first win over New York in three tries this season.
"It feels like we're playing some good basketball right now," he understated, after closing with 29 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists, three steals and a blocked shot. Oh, and seizing control late while also taking the late defensive assignment on Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony.
"His motor," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said, "is limitless. Couldn't get him out in the fourth
Despite taking a hard foul in the third quarter and bruising his left knee, James played the entire second half.
"He was strong," Spoelstra said, "and was at his strongest after 40 minutes of basketball."
Sunday was about more than winning streaks for the Heat. To a degree, it was about a losing streak, namely the dual 20-point blowouts against the Knicks in the first two games of this four-game season series.
"We had it circled," Bosh said.
Said Knicks coach Mike Woodson, "They remembered the first two games, and they made us pay coming down the stretch."
An X-ray on James' left knee came back negative.
"I'm still concerned a little bit," he said.
Anthony scored 24 of his 32 points in the first half, before James took the defensive challenge.
Thunder 108, Clippers 104: Kevin Durant scored 35 points, Russell Westbrook had 29 points and 10 assists, and Oklahoma City held off a late rally to complete a three-game season sweep of host Los Angeles. Chris Paul scored 26 points to lead the Clippers.
Lakers 99, Hawks 98: Kobe Bryant scored 11 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter and hit the go-ahead layup with 9 seconds left, leading host Los Angeles back to .500 for the first time in more than two months.
Steve Blake stole Josh Smith's final pass in the waning seconds for the Lakers (30-30), who blew a 16-point lead in the second half before Bryant scored their last six points.
Pacers 97, Bulls 92: David West scored 31 points and George Hill added 21, leading host Indiana past Chicago in a Central Division showdown. Indiana has won seven of its past eight games, going 6-1 since the All-Star break.
Four key Bulls were out with injuries: Kirk Hinrich, Richard Hamilton, Taj Gibson and Derrick Rose.
Spurs 114, Pistons 75: Manu Ginobili scored 17 points, Tim Duncan had 16 points and 11 rebounds, and host San Antonio rolled to its most lopsided victory of the season in its first game since All-Star point guard Tony Parker injured his left ankle. The Spurs had 35 assists on 45 field goals.
Rockets 136, Mavericks 103: Chandler Parsons scored a career-high 32 points on 12-for-13 shooting, and host Houston snapped a nine-game losing streak to Dallas. Jeremy Lin and James Harden added 21 points apiece, and Lin had nine assists for the Rockets.
Wizards 90, 76ers 87: John Wall scored the game's final six points after teammate Bradley Beal left the court with an ankle injury, leading host Washington past Philadelphia. The 76ers have lost eight of their past nine.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.