The Heat continued to climb the ladder on the list of the NBA’s all-time best winning streaks with Wednesday’s victory.
Miami tied seven other teams that have strung 16 victories together, including three that went on to win the championship (1964-65 Celtics, 1970-71 Bucks and 1999-2000 Lakers).
But the Heat still has a long way to go to get even near the NBA record of 33 in a row set by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers.
“It’s not really in the back of my head or anything like what number we’d like to hit,” LeBron James said. “If it hit a league record, I mean that’s crazy if we did at some point. We don’t want to lose, but we’re going to play each and every game and not worry about it.”
Among some of the notable teams the Heat could catch soon on the all-time list include the record-setting 1995-96 Bulls who won 18 in a row during a 72-10 regular season, and 1999-2000 Lakers who had a 19-game winning streak that season.
The 2007-08 Rockets have the second-longest streak — 22 in a row.
James isn’t putting an emphasis on it, and is quick to put long regular-season streaks in perspective.
“I asked Shane [ Battier] about when he was with Houston when they won 22 in a row,” James said. “He said it got them up one spot in the Western Conference standings that year from sixth place to fifth. That’s crazy.”
Miami Heat’s streak still far off NBA record
Miami Herald | Mar 7