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Heat run win streak to 19 games by blowing out the Hawks

Mar 12, 2013, 10:53 PM EDT

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The Heat ran their win streak to 19 games on Tuesday, after cruising to a 98-81 home win over the Hawks that turned out to be just as easy as expected.

Atlanta is reeling, having lost three straight and six of its last seven games. Watching the Hawks play, it’s fairly obvious that there’s no plan in place, and that the team’s players do whatever they want offensively.

Hawks head coach Larry Drew rolled out a different starting lineup once again in this one, desperately grasping at anything he can to try to get his team turned around. It failed almost immediately, as Miami jumped out to a 22-10 lead after just eight minutes had passed.

Atlanta had its one decent stretch of play in the second quarter, sparked honestly by LeBron James getting some rest to start the period. The Hawks cut the lead to one thanks to a lackluster defensive effort from Miami’s second unit, along with seven points off the bench fron Devin Harris in the period, and 4-8 shooting from three-point distance during that span.

Once James checked back in halfway through the second, the Heat put together a 12-2 run to once again gain separation, and they never looked back the rest of the way, pushing the lead to as many as 22 points before the night was through.

James finished just 3-11 from the field with 15 points, while Dwyane Wade led all scorers with 23. Chris Bosh and Mario Chalmers each chipped in 14 apiece, but on a night when LeBron isn’t anywhere near the level of dominance he’s proven to be capable of, especially this season, it’s pretty crazy that the Heat can cruise to victory this easily.

That’s what’s been built in Miami, however, especially during this current win streak. There’s a level of confidence, swag, and expectation that’s been created, where the Heat will simply come out and win convincingly, no matter who their opponent happens to be, and no matter which player is the one to step up and do the damage.

This streak will end on the Heat’s terms, and will have nothing to do with the teams they play. Miami’s next five games are on the road, against the Sixers, Bucks, Raptors, Celtics, and Cavaliers. The games in Milwaukee and Boston are the most challenging on paper, given the matchups involved, and the way those teams have played against the Heat earlier this season.

Miami’s streak will come to an end at some point before the postseason begins, and it’ll likely happen on a night when we least expect it. But it won’t be due to an otherworldly performance by an opponent.

A lack of intensity on the part of the defending champs above all else will be the reason for the eventual loss, because as we’ve seen over the past 19 games, when the Heat choose to dial it in and compete the way they’re capable of, they’re virtually impossible to stop.

  1. kb2408 - Mar 12, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    “Virtually impossible to beat”…especially when helped by the refs (see Orlando game).

    • jimmymarlinsfan - Mar 13, 2013 at 12:48 AM

      Shush now, adults are speaking

      • guyaneserj - Mar 13, 2013 at 7:30 AM

        INDEED. Funny 2 see da BS being written about da Heat gaining advantage due to da refs. SMH

  2. loungefly74 - Mar 12, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    damn…El Heat are just awesome.

    if you started with $5 at the beginning of this streak and double-down during every win, you would be at:$2,621,400….whoa…my head hurts.

  3. wwttww - Mar 12, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    ” it’s fairly obvious that there’s no plan in place”

    This statement sums up my Hawks. Past, Present and Future(?)

    • loungefly74 - Mar 13, 2013 at 12:14 AM

      its frustrating. i always thought the Hawks were just a player or 2 away from title contention the past few years. maybe its the coach…idk.

      • zeedoubleyou - Mar 13, 2013 at 10:21 AM

        I’ve always looks at them as more of a talented assembly of players rather than a true team built to be a contender.

        The Johnson, Horford, Smith teams of a few years ago were always impressive athletically, but the team’s ceiling gets capped when two of the three top players are best when playing the same position.

  4. 1972wasalongtimeago - Mar 12, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    LeBron and Wade played only 30 minutes each. Blowout win. Everyone had fun.

  5. deavn - Mar 13, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    Is it possible for them to catch the Lakers’ 33 game winning streak from back in the day?

    • davidly - Mar 13, 2013 at 6:29 AM

      Anything is possible. I think that record is more likely to be broken–if not by these Heat–then by someone eventually, before you’ll see the 72-win season record eclipsed.

      Then again, that team’s longest streak was 18, so who knows?

  6. money2long - Mar 13, 2013 at 12:20 AM

    i figured it out. the heat are playing on rookie mode

    • jimmymarlinsfan - Mar 13, 2013 at 12:49 AM

      Unfortunately for the rest of the NBA, there is no reset button

  7. mungman69 - Mar 13, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    Why is there always some one complaining about the refs. Grow up.

  8. jakedrayton91 - Mar 13, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    Glad someone said something about that retarded comment about the refs helping the heat out….

  9. angelcastro1120 - Mar 13, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    @guyaneserj: Really? Da? It was too difficult to type one extra letter for THE? Speaking thuggy does not translate the same on a blog or on paper. Just go with the flow during discussions and act a bit more mature. Once you finish posting, then you can go back to your parents basement and play your x-box and text your friends how you just beat “da” game.

    • robones - Mar 13, 2013 at 11:41 AM

      I agree! He must be 13 years old or something still believing its cool to write as an illiterate. At least you hope that’s the case. I just hope that he grows up being responsible so my taxes don’t support his a$$ in welfare.

    • mannyfresh209 - Mar 13, 2013 at 1:02 PM

      Cry us a river, angel. You wasted 100% of your time by responding to that post.

  10. Legacy112 - Mar 13, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    Dwyane Wade is at 100%, Its over folks.

    Funny how most people forget how good scottie pippen was because of jordan. It’s a shame that side kicks don’t get as much credit as they deserve.

  11. lebronjamesisthegoat - Mar 13, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    Looking forward to the game against the Celtics on Sunday. I believe that would put them at 23 (2nd all time)?

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