What happened with the Miami Heat over the past eight weeks is something that will be recalled for years, even if they didn't eclipse the Los Angeles Lakers’ NBA record of 33 straight wins.

More than 40 years later, that Lakers streak still creates intrigue and inspires celebration. These Heat players, when they are old men, will relive what just happened with fondness. And those who have witnessed it will pass along stories about it to young basketball fans.

Here are 10 of the best memories from the Heat's 27-game win streak:


10. The first comeback
Win No. 6: Feb. 12 vs. Portland (117-104)

The Heat’s still-infant winning streak looked to be in some trouble when the Trail Blazers, who had already scored a win over Miami earlier in the season, built a 14-point lead behind terrific shooting and dominating play from LaMarcus Aldridge.

But getting behind big didn’t faze the Heat then and didn’t bother them later. It turned out to be the first of seven times during the streak the Heat rallied from down double digits. Like a majority of those games, this one ended up turning into a relatively easy victory.

Even when the Blazers had a five-point lead midway through the fourth quarter, the Heat just pressed the gas and broke Portland’s spirit without mercy. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh combined to shoot 32-of-49.

“It was a LeBron James game,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said.

9. The one-two punch
Win No. 3: Feb. 6 vs. Houston (114-108)

James Harden’s previous visit to Miami had been miserable, as he and his former Oklahoma City Thunder teammates lost Game 5 of the NBA Finals at AmericanAirlines Arena and then watched the Heat celebrate. Harden performed poorly in that series, especially in the games in Miami, and that led some to question his limitations as a player.

He denied any of that was on his mind when he almost single-handedly stopped the Heat’s streak before it got going with a masterful 36-point, 12-rebound, 7-assist performance. He was the game’s best player during the fourth quarter as the Heat often were unable to stop him in a high-scoring game that was played at the Rockets’ preferred pace.

But the Heat countered with the best combination game from James and Wade up to that point in the season. Wade attacked, getting 13 free throws and making them all on his way to 31 points. James had 32 points and made 10 of his first 13 shots after hitting 13 of 14 in the game before against the Charlotte Bobcats.

We didn’t know it then, but James was on his way to one of the greatest shooting hot streaks in history.

Mario Chalmers also had a huge play when he drew a charge on Harden on a fast break in the final minute, which squashed the Rockets’ comeback attempt.

8. The streak buster
Win No. 13: March 1 vs. Memphis (98-91)

The Grizzlies entered the game having won eight in a row and would win their next six after leaving Miami with a seven-point loss. The dueling hot streaks turned this into a must-watch game, and it ultimately turned out to be one of the streak's biggest victories.

Memphis was 3-1 against the Heat since 2010 entering the night and had crushed the Heat earlier in the season at home because the Grizzlies' size gives Miami's small interior plenty of problems.

James had his worst shooting night of the season, going 4-of-14, and for a while it looked as though his run of 475 regular-season games scoring in double figures was in jeopardy. Wade carried the Heat offensively for three quarters on his way to 22 points.

But James had a big fourth quarter and nailed a 3-pointer with 24 seconds left that clinched the game. At the time it qualified as the biggest shot James had made all season, a threshold that would be readjusted several times as the winning streak continued.

“LeBron made the big shot and that's all that matters,” said the Grizzlies’ Marc Gasol, who had 24 points. “He took a shot like he's supposed to and made it, so kudos.”

7. "Mi casa es su casa"
Win No. 21: March 15 at Milwaukee (107-94)

James, Wade and Bosh all scored more than 20 points. It was, by far, the best collective game they’d played together in the Bradley Center, a place in which they’d struggled since coming together three seasons ago.

After the Heat downplayed the value of the growing streak for days, there was a noticeable difference in the mood and rhetoric from the team after the game. The Heat had become just the fourth team ever to win 20 in a row and, by avenging a 19-point loss in their last trip to Milwaukee, were on the verge of
tying the 2007-08 Houston Rockets for the second-longest winning streak ever.

Shane Battier, who was on that Rockets team, had channeled Miami Dolphins running back Mercury Morris a week earlier when comparing the streaks.

“Don’t talk to me when you’re on my block, talk to me when you’re on my porch,” Battier joked at the time.

Now that the Heat were ready to tie that Rockets team, and were on Battier’s porch, if you will, he had another message: “Mi casa es su casa,” Battier said.

What the Heat were doing and were capable of doing was sinking in and the players were embracing it.

“We don’t take it for granted because in professional sports wins aren’t easy to come by and the fact that we’ve won a fourth of our season [in a row] means a lot to all of us,” James said. "It’s not the ultimate for us, but it is an accomplishment we know about and we’re living in it. We’re just trying to make a mark in NBA history any way we can. We want to leave a mark so when we’re all done we can say our team was special.”