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Heat extend win streak to 25 straight games after toying with the Detroit Pistons

Mar 22, 2013, 11:38 PM EDT

Miami Heat's James celebrates a basket against Detroit Pistons during NBA game in Miami Reuters

Technically speaking, the win streak of the Miami Heat, which has now reached 25 straight games after a 103-89 home win over the Pistons on Friday, is in jeopardy every time the Heat take the floor and the ball is tipped off, no matter the quality level of the opponent they may be facing.

In reality, it will take a meltdown of epic proportions, or simply a level of apathy not showcased all season by the defending champs in order for them to fall to a team that far below them in terms of overall talent, not to mention the league-wide standings.

Detroit got off to a solid start, and held a lead of 11 points with a little under four minutes to play in the second period. This was, of course, largely due to a complete disinterest defensively on the part of the Heat, who let Jose Calderon get loose for 16 points and six assists in the first half, while Greg Monroe posted 14 points on 6-7 shooting, to go along with seven rebounds and four assists in under 20 minutes of first-half action.

The second half was all Miami, as the Heat outscored the Pistons 52-35 over the game’s final two periods. LeBron James was essentially perfect, finishing with 29 points on 12-15 shooting, to go along with eight rebounds, eight assists, and a couple of steals.

The thing that the Heat have done consistently during this streak is turn on the defensive pressure seemingly with the flick of a switch whenever the team needs it the most. Coming back from double-digit deficits has been nothing to Miami during this span, thanks to the championship-level of defense that always seems to be ready and waiting, and along with it, an offense that can rely on James and Dwyane Wade getting buckets with relative ease when things get tight and the comeback has been engaged.

That can’t last forever, obviously, and at some point, the early hole the Heat dig for themselves will be too deep for them to crawl out of before the night’s 48 minutes are through.

Looking ahead at Miami’s schedule, the team will finish out March at home against the dismal Bobcats, before hitting the road to play Orlando, Chicago, New Orleans, and San Antonio.

As we’ve said all along, a predictable loss on the horizon against a decent team like the Bulls, or against an elite one like the Spurs, simply doesn’t seem like this Heat team’s style. It would appear as though if Miami’s streak is going to end anytime soon, it would come on a night where we least expect it.

The bizarre game in Cleveland earlier this week was a prime example of how this could happen. If the circumstances don’t conspire correctly against the Heat, however, they could tie the record for the longest win streak in NBA history at 33 games at home against the Sixers on April 3, and they would have a chance to set the all-time mark on April 9 at home against the Bucks.

  1. 1972wasalongtimeago - Mar 22, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    Once in a lifetime player/team/season/era

    Awesome run. Going to get even better

  2. thenmoveback - Mar 22, 2013 at 11:49 PM


  3. rodge1 - Mar 22, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    El Heat!!!!

  4. miamatt - Mar 23, 2013 at 12:05 AM


  5. kb2408 - Mar 23, 2013 at 12:14 AM

    I would love to see the streak alive for the Spurs game. However, I think it’s gonna end before that, probably in Chicago. Will anyone care about this streak if the Heat don’t win it all? I think not….Speaking of the Spurs, the Heat don’t want to face them in the Finals.

    • jimmymarlinsfan - Mar 23, 2013 at 1:14 AM

      Anytime, anywhere.

      Remember when there was hoardes of people saying Eric Spoelstra couldn’t coach? Yeah I don’t remember that either

      • mydoghasfleez - Mar 23, 2013 at 2:33 AM

        I don’t know if he can coach or not. He doesn’t HAVE to.

      • miamatt - Mar 23, 2013 at 9:29 AM


        Laughable. A coach’s job is to get the best out of his players. I’d say that’s what’s happening. If Spoelstra is going to take heat when times are tough, he desrves some of the credit when things are going well. One thing that is observable is that media comments regarding team performance by both players and coaches are in lock-step with one another, without a hint of discord. That flows from the top down.

        And even if we want to entertain the notion that Spoelstra merely “stays out of the way”, that idea in and of itself is a concept toxic to the egos of many head coaches in prominent situations (see: Mike D’Antoni). The focus for the Heat is winning championships; coaches and players alike have sacrificed ego in Miami towards that end.

  6. asublimeday - Mar 23, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    Once in a lifetime player/team/season/era

    Awesome run. Going to get even better


    You weren’t alive for the 1997 bulls?

    • jimmymarlinsfan - Mar 23, 2013 at 1:15 AM

      Don’t they have that guy, I forget his name. Does all those Hanes commercials and is running the Bobcats into the ground so fast and hard it might as well be a lifetime ago

      • mydoghasfleez - Mar 23, 2013 at 2:31 AM

        Yeah, that pudgy-face guy. What IS his name?

    • eventhorizon04 - Mar 23, 2013 at 3:18 AM

      LeBron’s playstyle is very different from Jordan – he’s a Magic Johnson/Scottie Pippen hybrid.

      This Heat team is a different team than the 1997 Bulls – the 3 best players on both teams are a natural shooting guard, small forward, and power forward, but that’s where the similarities end. Anybody think Bosh plays like Dennis Rodman? Didn’t think so.

      The Heat’s in-season accomplishments is different than the Bulls – though the Heat won’t win 72 games like the 1997 Bulls, none of Jordan’s Bulls squads ever put together a 25+ win streak in a season.

      Basketball in this era is different from the 1990’s – defenses can’t hand-check wing players and there are fewer dominant big-men, but at the same time, defensive schemes are more sophisticated given the relaxation of the rules regarding double-teams/use of zone concepts and offenses are less iso-heavy and more pick-and-roll based.

      So basically, nothing factually wrong with his statement – this is a unique player on a unique team having a unique season in a unique era.

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Mar 23, 2013 at 9:07 AM

      Someday in the future, another transcendent team will come along, andante of us will probably say that no matter what that team accomplishes, they’ll never be as good as the Heat teams of the early 2010s. So I get it.

      But you have to understand that to rave about the beauty of Candace Swaelpoel doesn’t mean I’m calling Paulina Porizkova ugly.

  7. ajbaxter1975 - Mar 23, 2013 at 5:52 AM


  8. hjworton46 - Mar 23, 2013 at 5:59 AM

    There is no way Miami can keep this going for another 9 games to break the record. It’s been an amazing run but it’s almost done.

  9. supremekingz - Mar 23, 2013 at 7:11 AM

    This is amazing. We’re witnessing history right now

  10. rodge1 - Mar 23, 2013 at 7:28 AM


    That’s a really dumb thing to say. Especially when it was said last year and the Spurs couldn’t make it to the Finals. Another brainiac like yourself said Miami couldn’t beat the Spurs or Thunder in the Finals… How did that work out?

  11. aboogy123456 - Mar 23, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    wow this is so exciting…I’m really on the edge of my seat to see if the defending champs will beat the pistons. What a great accomplishment…you guys need to relax.

  12. kw27p - Mar 24, 2013 at 8:53 AM

    Glad I checked it on here. If not,I would of never heard about it

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