Mar 28, 2013, 12:35 AM EST
The Miami Heat’s 27-game win streak was an incredible run – an uncanny mix of skill and timing.
Let’s start with the timing. Since LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh joined forces, there are certain teams the Heat have owned. They’re a combined 59-0 against the Nets, Bobcats, Rockets, Timberwolves, 76ers, Suns, Kings and Raptors, and a third of the streak’s wins came against that group. Six more wins came against the Pistons, Cavaliers Lakers and Hawks – teams Miami are 33-5 against in the last three years. So, that 15 wins against teams the Heat are 92-5 against.
And the skill? During its streak, Miami beat four of the five teams it has a losing record against during the Big Three era: the Bulls, Celtics, Grizzlies and Clippers (avoiding the Jazz).
But the Heat finally succumbed in their second matchup with the Bulls since beginning the streak, and that’s pretty fitting. Chicago (7-3) has the league’s best record against Miami since the 2010-11 season.
So, should the Heat fear the Bulls if they meet in the playoffs? Probably not. Miami beat Chicago, 4-1, in the 2011 Eastern Conference finals, so it’s not like the Bulls have Miami’s number – though they did tonight.
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