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Heat lose back-to-back playoff games for first time in their last 49

Jun 13, 2014, 12:08 AM EDT

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After getting shellacked in Game 3, the Miami Heat came out more focused and energetic in Game 4.

For about three minutes.

Chris Bosh scored first, making a layup. And the Heat defense forced the Spurs to miss their first three shots. As a reminder, Miami didn’t force San Antonio’s third miss until midway through the second quarter in Game 3.

Everything was looking good – or at least good enough. But soon, it all unraveled.

That 2-0 lead would be the Heat’s last in their 107-86 Game 4 loss to the Spurs on Thursday.

That defeat ends Miami’s bid to break the NBA record for consecutive playoff games without back-to-back losses. The Heat, who had won their last 13 games following a loss, finish with the third-longest streak of postseason games without back-to-back losses:

  • 54, Boston Celtics (1962-66)
  • 52, Chicago Bulls (1990-93)
  • 48, Miami Heat (2012-14)

Ever since losing three straight to the Celtics in the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals, Miami had always summoned the necessary energy to win the next game. Now, the Heat look just old and beaten down.

Maybe it’s because they are.

  1. moneyz2 - Jun 13, 2014 at 12:21 AM

    is not just a heat lost back to back : it’s first time in NBA history a road team win ( or a home team loses) back to back games of 15 or more (actually 19 or more)….

    • moneyz2 - Jun 13, 2014 at 12:25 AM

      in the Finals..

      • chicagosports2014 - Jun 13, 2014 at 1:06 AM

        1,2,3,4,5,6,7 HOW ABOUT 2 hahahahahaha👲🏆

  2. fanofthegame79 - Jun 13, 2014 at 12:22 AM

    I’m very sad to say, but this series is over. LeBron isn’t getting any help once again – it’s like Cleveland all over again. When James Jones is your 3rd leading scorer with 11 points, you have problems.

    • football58 - Jun 13, 2014 at 12:33 AM

      Yeah its really not fair unless he is completely surrounded by superstars, I guess Wade and Bosh, Ray Allen are not good enough compliments to Lebron. It would only be fair to Lebron if he teamed up with Durant, Chris Paul, and Popovich was his coach, then maybe he would be getting enough help, right?

      • fanofthegame79 - Jun 13, 2014 at 1:34 AM

        Frankly I don’t care who he plays with. 10 points from Wade is not enough. 12 points from Bosh is not enough. As I simply put above, LeBron is not getting enough help from anyone. Period. It wasn’t a bold statement, it was simply a stated fact. I didn’t say LeBron should team up with anyone…but I expect his current team to show up to a Finals game.

      • sportsfan18 - Jun 13, 2014 at 3:56 AM


        In the 1992 finals, game 1, Bulls 3rd leading scorer had 12 points – was back up Scott Williams. Bulls won game 1

        game 2 of that Finals, Bulls had 2 players with 16 points for 2nd or 2nd and 3rd in scoring and then it dropped down to 10 points. Bulls lost that game.

        Game 3 two with 18 for 2nd in points behind MJ’s 28. no one else in double figures. bulls won that game.

        game 4 bulls 3rd leading scorer had 9 points. Bulls lost.

        game 5 bulls 3rd leading scorer had 12 points. Bulls won.

        game 6 bulls 3rd leading scorer had 13 points. Bulls won and closed out the Finals,

        Of course, in game 1, MJ had 39 points.

        in game 2 MJ had 39 points again.

        game 3 MJ had 26 points

        game 4 MJ had 32 points

        game 5 MJ had 46 points

        game 6 MJ had 33 points

        That’s 35.8 points a game for MJ…

    • 00maltliquor - Jun 13, 2014 at 2:10 AM

      @ fan…It’s funny you made that Cleveland remark, I just said the same thing on another post just before clicking on here.

    • fanofthegame79 - Jun 13, 2014 at 8:10 AM


      And Wilt probably averaged 60 points in a game….with no 3rd scorer! What’s your point?

      Dude, 1992 was a long, long time ago. You need to leave the past to the past and move on with life. Live in the present.

      • patfic5 - Jun 13, 2014 at 8:28 AM

        “Its Cleveland all over again” aka the “past”. Lol

      • fanofthegame79 - Jun 13, 2014 at 11:01 AM

        But a much closer past! lol

      • loungefly74 - Jun 13, 2014 at 9:24 AM

        ehhh…its good to point out historical references. now, its subjective…but still relevant.

    • 5xchamp24 - Jun 13, 2014 at 9:53 AM

      Were you saying the same thing when the Heat were rolling through that pathetic eastern conference? The Heat are a very good team but if you place them in the west, they would not have made it to 4 finals in a row. And that wouldn’t be because Lebron needs help

      • fanofthegame79 - Jun 13, 2014 at 11:03 AM

        I had my concerns. Truth be told, I would have traded Wade for Dwight Howard a couple of years ago when Howard was going through his drama. I thought Howard at center, Bosh as the strech four and LeBron as the 3 would have been a nice front line.

  3. yomarianob - Jun 13, 2014 at 12:26 AM

    LeBron and Carmelo to cleveland next season? What do you all think?

    • Great Caesar's Ghost - Jun 13, 2014 at 12:32 AM

      Lebron and Melo to Milwaukee, where they help the Greek Freak lead the Bucks to the first of many. #LarrySandersDefensivePlayerOfTheYear

      • chicagosports2014 - Jun 13, 2014 at 1:08 AM

        Milwaukee doesn’t have a team

      • Great Caesar's Ghost - Jun 13, 2014 at 2:10 AM

        Chicago doesn’t have a purpose.

      • chicagosports2014 - Jun 13, 2014 at 8:18 AM

        Millwaukee will back to the lottery next season, what’s their purpose hahahahahehe😂

    • fanofthegame79 - Jun 13, 2014 at 8:08 AM

      If the Cavs draft Embiid, that wouldn’t be a bad situation.

  4. patfic5 - Jun 13, 2014 at 12:36 AM

    Thankfully, talk of this “dynasty” will soon be over.

    • antistratfordian - Jun 13, 2014 at 12:58 AM

      People will be talking about the Heat for a while still. Heck… why wouldn’t they be back in the Finals next year?

      • patfic5 - Jun 13, 2014 at 1:33 AM

        Depends on what tricks Pat can pull off.

      • sportsfan18 - Jun 13, 2014 at 6:30 AM


        well YOU did ask the question… WHY wouldn’t they be in the finals next year…

        One reason they wouldn’t be in the Finals next year is if LBJ hightails it out of Miami seeing that they have NOTHING going forward…

        He’s now in Cleveland south and it’s creeping him out…

        Now, I’m NOT saying he will leave. I’m just answering your question is all. That is one reason why they wouldn’t be in the Finals next season….

      • 5xchamp24 - Jun 13, 2014 at 9:56 AM

        The only reason why I agree with your comment is because the whole eastern conference sucks

      • antistratfordian - Jun 13, 2014 at 6:02 PM

        The Heat obviously have a chance to be back in the finals for 5, 6 straight years… which would be astounding regardless of state of the East.

      • jkirby317 - Jun 13, 2014 at 12:04 PM

        Because the BEST player in the WORLD is LEAVING SOUTH BEACH, that is why.

      • antistratfordian - Jun 13, 2014 at 6:13 PM

        Well, regardless, if it isn’t Miami then it will be LeBron. One or both is probably going to the Finals 5, 6 years in a row.

      • jkirby317 - Jun 13, 2014 at 7:15 PM

        Is that what he meant by “not 5, not 6, not 7”?

      • antistratfordian - Jun 13, 2014 at 7:30 PM

        Well he went to 4 finals, with 2 rings working on 3… so, you can’t really criticize that comment.

      • jkirby317 - Jun 13, 2014 at 7:40 PM

        When the best player in the world decided he needed not only a robin but an aqua man too… EVERYONE can criticize him.

  5. antistratfordian - Jun 13, 2014 at 12:55 AM

    The problem is obvious – it’s kind of the same thing MJ said about the Bulls in the 1992 Finals. “We should have the same kind of hunger this year, but we don’t. A team like Portland still has that hunger. We have to come up with something to motivate us. It’s not nearly as easy as we thought it was going to be.”

    • moneyz2 - Jun 13, 2014 at 12:59 AM

      Yes, It’s obviously the problem.. say the guy that 3peat two times, could have won more if he did not retired to play Baseball and never loss a finals…

  6. rrhoe - Jun 13, 2014 at 1:23 AM

    The Heat are being exposed as not good at rebounding,while a good defensive team once you get past the initial defender they have no rim protector and their PG position needs a serious upgrade. The downside to being good is the teams generally draft at the bottom of the first round,therefore they don’t get the infusion of youth and athleticism to sustain being good. The Heat looked tired tonight.

    • sumkat - Jun 13, 2014 at 2:17 AM

      When was the last time the Spurs didn’t pick at the end of the 1st?

    • bbbmf - Jun 13, 2014 at 10:20 AM

      rrhoe – it’s not just that they’re not good at rebounding, they make no concerted effort to continually do the fundamentally sound thing and box out! Too often they’re caught ‘ball watching’ instead of finding a man to put an arse on. As a coach (with no interest in who wins or loses this series) I end up screaming at the TV.

  7. campcouch - Jun 13, 2014 at 2:15 AM

    Same reasons that the Celtic Big 3 and even to a point,the Thunder’s Sorta Big 3 only went so far…bench players. The Spurs are just deep and are wearing the Heat out. On top of that,Spo seems stuck on his rotation. He should’ve used Greg Oden. Why pay a guy to sit there,use those fouls,heck he may be inspired to D up and get some points inside,especially with Bosh floating on the wing. I’m not a fan of either team,I just don’t enjoy making time to watch an event and realizing I could’ve done something else because the coach is over his head.

    • nycalldayz - Jun 13, 2014 at 10:13 AM

      I remember that year 2012, the Celtics were older and depleted, but still somehow managed to push Miami 7 games. Boston had a terrible bench, but Garnett and Rondo were able to carry. It took an heroic effort from Lebron James to save Miami’s season. Watching the 2012 Celtics and the 2014 Spurs, just shows that great coaching, an efficient system and team work can triumph talent.

      The Spurs are clearly the superior team. It seems like the Spurs role players are outplaying the entire Miami roster. That’s crazy!

  8. cantonbound13 - Jun 13, 2014 at 6:05 AM

    No more David Stern to bail them out!

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