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Heat beat Raptors to earn 22nd straight victory

Mar 17, 2013, 3:38 PM EDT

LeBron James;  Jonas Valanciunas

The streak continues for the Heat. After a 108-91 road victory over the Raptors on Sunday afternoon, Miami has now won 22 consecutive games.

The Heat controlled this one from very early on, leading by as many as 16 points in the first half, despite the Raptors out-rebounding them by 19 over the game’s first two periods. Miami overcame this by shooting a blistering 61.8 percent from the field in the half, led by 17 points from LeBron James.

Toronto threatened briefly with a 16-3 run that lasted from 4:42 to go in the third quarter through the first minute of the fourth, tying the game at 77. Miami responded as they so often do, with a quick 10-0 run to push the lead back to double digits in less than three minutes.

Ray Allen got into the lane for a runner, DeMar DeRozan launched an airball from 19 feet, Dwyane Wade finished an alley-oop dunk off a pass from Norris Cole, John Lucas III bricked a three-pointer early in the shot clock, Allen hit a three on the other end, at that was essentially that.

The run by the Heat reached 12-0 before the Raptors scored again, and came while James was on the bench getting his customary rest to begin the fourth period. It ultimately was a 28-4 run before all was said and one, capped off by a three-pointer from Shane Battier to push the lead to 24 with 4:39 remaining.

Wade led the Heat with 24 points on 10-15 shooting, to go along with nine assists. The Heat were killed on the boards the entire game, and finished with 25 fewer rebounds than the Raptors. But they maintained their high shooting percentage throughout, and finished the game at 58.2 percent.

Next up for Miami is a trip to Boston to face the Celtics on Monday, who gave the Heat some bulletin board material a couple of days ago when Paul Pierce and Jason Terry said they weren’t impressed with the Heat’s winning ways.

Kevin Garnett is questionable, but even if he plays, expect Miami to have a little extra something prepared for that one.

The streak will end eventually, but it will likely be on a night when we least expect it. The Heat are simply playing too well and are too focused to let one slip away against a team that, on paper, might have a better chance to beat them than most.

  1. rodge1 - Mar 17, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    Nice win Heat. Hopefully one day the haters will realize its not about them or their (respective) teams and just appreciate this team’s chemistry.

    • davidly - Mar 17, 2013 at 6:06 PM

      Hater hater.

    • norcal031 - Mar 17, 2013 at 9:19 PM

      MMMMMIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAMI………Man they ballin so hard………Laker fans see how a REAL TEAM plays………please shut up delusional f tards.

      • loungefly74 - Mar 18, 2013 at 9:10 AM

        with a name like “norcal031″…please tell me you are not a Miami fan. If so, you are a lame bandwagon d-bag. no reason for you to be a Miami fan, you delusional fake fan. you are a traitor to your area.

        Lakers have had plenty of success. anybody else been to 7 finals the past 13 years? damn…thats a pretty good clip. I know the Lakers can’t win it EVERY year, ya dope. not even sure why you bring up the Lakers in this article. Oh, its because you suck.

        Good for El Heat. playing some incredible hoops. The C’s will be a tough test.

    • packfaninvikeland - Mar 17, 2013 at 9:50 PM

      Cant lie..They are fun to watch. I would love for Garnett and the C’s to win another ring.. not happening as long as the heat are around. That chemistry they have is almost cheating lol. Playoffs are weird though, so we will see then.

  2. dls612 - Mar 17, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    Twenty-two, yeah I’m impressed but I’m more impressed by the way their playing! Just call them the Miami Streak!

  3. thenmoveback - Mar 17, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    Bring on Boston!

    • cantonbound13 - Mar 18, 2013 at 8:07 AM

      I bet you can’t even find Boston on a map.

      • jimmymarlinsfan - Mar 18, 2013 at 9:23 AM

        Can you? I’m a Heat fan who lives in Massaschusetts and your stupidity confounds me

      • heat256 - Mar 18, 2013 at 9:31 AM

        I bet you can’t find your willy with tweezers and a flashlight.

  4. pantsfreezone - Mar 17, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    They should just start up the white smoke for the Eastern Conference Champions now.

    I wonder who Miami will beat in the Finals to win the championship…

    • cantonbound13 - Mar 17, 2013 at 5:00 PM

      Keep your pants on, it’s a long season.

      • thenmoveback - Mar 17, 2013 at 6:02 PM

        Idiot

  5. 1972wasalongtimeago - Mar 17, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    I don’t care who you cheer for, if you’re a sports fan you’ve gotta be pulling for the Heat right now. If a pitcher has a perfect game going in the 7th inning of a 9-0 ball game, you’re not hoping one if your guys gets a hit to break it up. You want to witness history.

    Well, CB13, Tampjoey, Lakerluvr, Paul Hargis, sublimeday….. You are being given a gift. A gift you should cherish. The gift of being witness to something truly memorable and remarkable. A gift you and thousands of others like you don’t deserve. None of us actually “deserve” this. It’s beyond “The Miami Heat”. It’s not even about basketball. It’s about sports and american immortality.

    Witness

    • cantonbound13 - Mar 17, 2013 at 4:58 PM

      Witness what? It’s March! According to all you bandwagoners, the regular season doesn’t matter! 13 of the wins were against non playoff teams. The pathetic Kings took the Heat to 2 overtimes, Cleveland almost beat you guys on your home court!
      If you want to impress anyone break the 2001 Lakers’ post season record of only 1 loss. That’s a record champions like Kobe strive for. The A-Rod of the NBA, LeBron always does great in the regular season, while Champions like Kobe & Michael shine when it counts.

      • thenmoveback - Mar 17, 2013 at 6:01 PM

        Cantonbound13 is an idiot

      • michaeljordanseviltwin - Mar 17, 2013 at 8:44 PM

        So you’re saying the Heat have at least 8 straight wins against playoff teams… yeah that doesn’t mean anything.

      • jimmymarlinsfan - Mar 18, 2013 at 9:25 AM

        Jordan never won 22 straight. Just saying

      • rtfinch - Mar 18, 2013 at 9:53 AM

        And there’s the idiot…. Jordan went 72-10, Lebron and his hand picked team lost that before the all-star break.

      • cantonbound13 - Mar 18, 2013 at 11:25 AM

        Ah Jimmy, Jordan won 6 rings. One of his teams won 72 games in a season. He never lost a finals series, in fact never lost more than 2 games in any finals series. That’s the last guy you want to criticize, Jimbo.
        Enjoy your crappy Marlins, although being a bandwagon fan, you probably are going to root for the Yankees or Giants this year.

  6. cantonbound13 - Mar 17, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    How many Carnival cruise ships will end up breaking down by the time this streak comes to an end? Currently it’s 3 & counting. Better make sure your checks don’t bounce LeBron!

    • John - Mar 17, 2013 at 5:29 PM

      Three comments on the recap of a team you don’t even like. Don’t got anything better to do?

    • thenmoveback - Mar 17, 2013 at 6:01 PM

      Idiot

      • cantonbound13 - Mar 18, 2013 at 8:05 AM

        Keyboard tough guy chimes in with a small comment to match his small genitalia & small intelligence. You’re pathetic!

      • thenmoveback - Mar 18, 2013 at 8:10 AM

        Idiot

      • hehateme2 - Mar 18, 2013 at 10:27 AM

        we can add moron to the mix with the cantonclown

      • cantonbound13 - Mar 18, 2013 at 11:29 AM

        Wowove back & hate me, if you put your heads together maybe you can actually write a sentence. The Miami Dade school system must be so proud of you 2 dropouts.

  7. mungman69 - Mar 17, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    The 83 Sixers also only lost one playoff game. Miami is the best team. Yes, they will lose but it’s been fun watching them.

  8. freudnumb - Mar 17, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    Shane and Juwan, please tell me, who ended the Rocket’s 22 game winning streak 5 years ago?

    • jimmymarlinsfan - Mar 18, 2013 at 9:27 AM

      5 years ago Paula Pierce and Kevina Garnett were young men. Not so much anymore

  9. lakerluver - Mar 17, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    Winning streak? What winning streak?! Didn’t that all end against Orlando?! Well, actually had the refs did their jobs, it would have.

    • pantsfreezone - Mar 17, 2013 at 8:47 PM

      Your terrible English aside, that isn’t even close to true. The Magic had the lead with 5 seconds left, all they had to do was stop the best player in the world, the best player of this generation in LeBron James.

      Don’t be mad because LeBron is better than Kobe was in his prime and your team is struggling for the right to lose to the Spurs or Thunder in the first round.

      Be mad because the Lakers are clearly better without Kobe jacking up 30 shots a game and you have at least two more years of watching him submarine his team in the name of trying to become the most prolific scorer in NBA history.

      • robones - Mar 18, 2013 at 11:30 AM

        You said it pantsfreezone. Kobe trying to become the most prolific scorer in NBA history… a really one sided goal don’t you think? In the opposite side of the stick, you will find Lebron James who is the most balanced basketball player to have ever graced the court. The youngest player to reach 20,000 career points and 5,000 assists. The only player to be able to play all 5 positions on defense and offense. I can’t believe people think Kobe is better than Lebron. Is there any doubt left the Heat are going to win their second straight championship this year? I think not, the are literally wiping the floor out of the NBA. Unlike the 1st half of the season where the Heat were just cruising along, getting wins by playing 50%, right now, they have a streak to play for. They are playing hard every game. We would have seen this level of play in the playoffs but since they started this streak, they want to keep it going so they are playing harder, sooner.

        By 2013, Lebron will have two championships under his belt. By the time, this Heat super team’s run is over, he will have more than 6 championships. Lebron plays for championships, not individual acclamations. This is a sign of a legendary player who has risen above greatness and Kobe is just greatness.

        And you all keep forgetting about who’s in the background. One of the greatest coaches in the NBA, the GREATEST GM in all of NBA, Pat Riley. He played for the Lakers team who reach 33 wins, and now he created a team that is trying to break it. You can’t write this stuff up.

    • miamatt - Mar 17, 2013 at 8:58 PM

      Is that @lakerluver?

      Wow, the Lakers must actually have managed to sneak north of .500. Thought this dud was dead.

      • heat256 - Mar 18, 2013 at 9:33 AM

        Lakerluver needs to worry about his own team barely scraping into the playoffs, which is probably more due to the Jazz taking a nosedive than the Lakers playing better. They are still out in the 1st round, to say nothing of what MEM, OKC and the Spurs will do to them.

  10. shaab23 - Mar 17, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    how many playoff series’ wins does Kobe have without an all-nba big man? exactly…

  11. leogatlin - Mar 17, 2013 at 9:22 PM

    5 beats 1 any day….

  12. steelers4385 - Mar 18, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    Cant wait for them to lose in playoffs.

    • thenmoveback - Mar 18, 2013 at 11:14 AM

      Lose what a single game here and there? Because nobody in the east can beat the Heat in a series. And by the time the west beats each other up in the playoffs the Heat will be waiting, rested, and motivate to win a second straight championship.

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