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Heat’s win streak ended against their toughest foe

Mar 28, 2013, 12:35 AM EDT

Chicago Bulls' Mohammed pressures Miami Heat's James during their NBA basketball game in Chicago

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.

  1. asublimeday - Mar 28, 2013 at 12:42 AM

    That was a longgggg time ago. Thibbs, Noah, Rose (he’ll be back), and Deng have all grown a lot in that span

    • angulocarlos1 - Mar 28, 2013 at 12:54 AM

      Lol sure! They will get spanked in the playoffs. They were a better team when the heat beat them 4-1

      • fanofevilempire - Mar 28, 2013 at 6:47 AM

        hats off to Heat, nice run.

  2. nomorsacbball - Mar 28, 2013 at 12:53 AM

    what I like about the bulls, like the Celtics, they’re just not intimidated by Miami. should be a great playoff series with rose and noah if they meet.

    • pudgalvin - Mar 28, 2013 at 8:52 AM

      In the era of basketball in which everyone is best friends, it’s really fun to watch two teams that just don’t like each other. Anyone that doesn’t want to see a fully healthy Bulls team go at it with the Heat in the playoffs isn’t a basketball fan. Two teams that are basically mirror opposites of each other, insane amounts of skill vs. a nasty, tough defensive team, makes for really good basketball.

  3. kb2408 - Mar 28, 2013 at 12:54 AM

    They’re not going to win the title this year either. Out rebound them, keep them on the outside and stop then from running out on fastbreaks. Playoffs basketball will be vastly different than what we see now. Heat fans will be sadly disappointed if they’re counting on winning another title this season. Mark it down.

    • 27winstreak - Mar 28, 2013 at 2:33 AM

      Yeah cause that playoff basketball really hurt them last year… Did you even read what you wrote? The heat have only gotten better since last year. Ray’s addition was exactly for that. He’s gunna excel in that half court offense

  4. asimonetti88 - Mar 28, 2013 at 1:00 AM

    The Bulls played with a lot of intensity on both ends. They are well coached and play tough hard nosed defense. That is the way you win in the playoffs. They will be a tough matchup for anyone.

  5. rickyspanish - Mar 28, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    What happened to “their most toughest foe”? I liked that headline better

  6. asublimeday - Mar 28, 2013 at 1:29 AM

    Lol sure! They will get spanked in the playoffs. They were a better team when the heat beat them 4-1
    —-

    A man named Carlos from Miami?!

    • 27winstreak - Mar 28, 2013 at 2:46 AM

      You’re a sorry person.

  7. 11thstreetmafia - Mar 28, 2013 at 2:05 AM

    The NBA has a team in Miami?

  8. kavika6 - Mar 28, 2013 at 2:11 AM

    “their toughest foe”

    You mean the only team they played during their streak that had better than a .500 record?

    • 27winstreak - Mar 28, 2013 at 2:47 AM

      Did you even read the article? The gall of some people…

  9. ncm42 - Mar 28, 2013 at 2:34 AM

    They were handed a couple of wins by officiating that was…questionable.

  10. 00maltliquor - Mar 28, 2013 at 3:58 AM

    I tip my hat to the Heat. That was one helluva run. Much respect, no hate here. Good the Lakers get to keep that record though!

  11. 00maltliquor - Mar 28, 2013 at 4:00 AM

    I just wish D Rose never would’ve been injured. That would make one epic ECF this year. Heat will waltz into the Finals.

  12. jhuck92 - Mar 28, 2013 at 5:37 AM

    Ever since that 2011 ECF, I could smell a rivalry brewing between these two teams. Even Jordan had his nemesis in the Detroit Bad Boys, but he finally got past the first round and the rest is history. Rose, Noah, Deng, and Booz have Miami’s Big 3 to overcome. Get past the first round and anything can happen.

  13. rodge1 - Mar 28, 2013 at 6:58 AM

    @kb2408

    I marked it down when everyone said the same thing last year.

  14. jimbroney - Mar 28, 2013 at 7:09 AM

    Los bulls son fantastico!!!!

  15. ajbaxter1975 - Mar 28, 2013 at 8:11 AM

    Good.

  16. ronaldjones - Mar 28, 2013 at 8:17 AM

    Heat-Celtics is the real rivalry, and Boston is clearly Miami’s “most toughest foe.” Chicago is the third wheel who desperately wants to be in the same league but simply isn’t good enough. That’s why they pile up regular season wins by going 120% every night but get murdered in the playoffs every year. Must be tough for them to know deep down how inadequate they are.

  17. gmsingh - Mar 28, 2013 at 8:30 AM

    Fatigue is the biggest factor: Deng played more minutes than LeBron, and LeBron looked totally wiped out. I guess he’s not indestructible after all.

  18. cantonbound13 - Mar 28, 2013 at 8:30 AM

    No Noah, Rose or Bellinelli, still no problem. Further proof how overrated this streak was.

  19. ronaldjones - Mar 28, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    Streak probably didn’t seem so overrated when the Heat went to Chicago at the end of February and smoked them by 30. And for all those wishing we could just see Heat-Bulls at full strength, we did, it was in 2011 and the Bulls were embarrassed. It’s only a rivalry because the Bulls like to shove people, not because they have 1/8th the talent Miami does

  20. yuwannano - Mar 28, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    Great game! Viva Los Bulls!

  21. asublimeday - Mar 28, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    Heat-Celtics is the real rivalry, and Boston is clearly Miami’s “most toughest foe.” Chicago is the third wheel who desperately wants to be in the same league but simply isn’t good enough. That’s why they pile up regular season wins by going 120% every night but get murdered in the playoffs every year. Must be tough for them to know deep down how inadequate they are.
    ——-

    You’d know how it feels to be inadequate.

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