If the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers weren’t worried about the Miami Heat breaking their record 33 game winning streak- they should be now.
The Heat’s Wednesday night contest had all the ingredients for an “off-night.” It was the final night of a five game road trip. It was against the lowly Cleveland Cavs, minus Kyrie Irving, Anderson Varejao and Dion Waiters. Who would blame the Heat if they tanked one game?
That’s exactly what this contest looked like. Through 3 1/2 quarters, everything followed that script. Cleveland built an astonishing 67-40 lead with 7:44 remaining in the 3rd quarter. For all intensive purposes, the streak was over. Hey, 23 wins in a row aint bad right?
24 wins in a row is better.
From the 7:44 mark in the 3rd, Miami showed the basketball world why they are the best team on the planet. They outscored the Cavaliers 58-28 to close the game. The final tally; Heat 98 Cavs 95, leaving Lebron’s hometown team stunned.
King James notched a triple double, scoring 25 points, grabbing 12 rebounds and dishing 10 assists. The Akron legend scored 14 of his points in the pivotal 4th quarter.
If these Miami Heat are able to will themselves to win a meaningless March game against a non-playoff team, what else is in store?
Everyone associated with Miami says they’re just trying to stay sharp for the playoffs. Everyone associated with the Heat claims that 34 in a row isn’t a goal. Perhaps that’s exactly why they’ll achieve it.
They’re only concerned with winning another Championship, that’s clear. Yet, in the midst of “staying sharp,” Miami has ascended to a whole different level of dominance.
They’ve won going away, they’ve won nail-biter’s and they’ve now won a game when they were down by 27 points. No one would’ve blamed them if they sent Lebron and Dwayne Wade to the showers early and called it a night. This team doesn’t do that.
They want to stay sharp.
Well, they’re already sharper than a Hattori Hanzo sword. Their list of goals may very well not include winning 34 consective games. However, these basketball samurai’s may not meet a blade that’s able to slow them down.
Their Next Ten:
v. NY Knicks