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HEAT CLOSE IN ON HISTORY
Posted By Sean Eckhardt On Dec 15 2010 @ 2:03 am In Miami Heat | No Comments
The Miami Heat will challenge the 95-96 Bulls record 72 wins, but it won’t be this year. That doesn’t mean they don’t have a chance to put their name in the record books. Monday’s 96-84 win over the Hornets was Miami’s ninth in a row. All of those wins have come by double-digits. Miami will almost certainly beat Cleveland Wednesday night by at least 10 points and probably more like 20. That would give the Heat ten such wins in a row and tie them with the ’08 Rockets, ’04 Nets, and the ’47 Washington Capitols (no Alex Ovechkin wasn’t on that team, but Red Auerbach was the coach).
Miami travels to New York to face the Knicks on Friday night. This Amare Stoudemire led team is on a tear of its own, having won eight in a row themselves. Fans on both sides will be looking forward to that game. Wade, LeBron, and the rest of the crew will have to continue their strong play just to win, much less blow the Knicks out. The key will be defense at MSG.
Against New Orleans, Miami was unable to pull away. The game was tight throughout, until the final period, when the Heat really turned up the defense. Miami held the Hornets to 9 points in the fourth quarter. Chris Paul was limited to 11 points for the night, and more importantly only 5 assists. On the other side, Dwyane Wade had his third consecutive game in which he scored over 30 points, shooting over 60% from the field. Chris Bosh chipped in 23 points to go with 11 rebounds.
Normally, the game against the Cavaliers would be a “trap game” between two quality opponents. Given the “LeBron factor” it is almost inconceivable that the Heat could look past Cleveland. Miami is looking more and more like the “super-team” everyone expected to see. While I don’t expect them to lose either of these two games, the Heat will lose again soon. The biggest concern now is how will they react when that happens?
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