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Heat streak now 27 with drubbing of Magic
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On March 25, 2013 @ 10:00 pm In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Sam Amick, USA TODAY Sports
ORLANDO — The process, as Erik Spoelstra so often calls it, continued yet again for the Miami Heat on Monday night at the Amway Center.
And though he may claim it’s a mere footnote in his contemplative coach’s mind, there was this: his seemingly-unstoppable team won for the 27th consecutive time, a 108-94 downing of the Orlando Magic that marked the second consecutive game without shooting guard Dwyane Wade (sore right knee). As Spoelstra sees it, it doesn’t matter that the Heat continue to close in on the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers’ all-time winning streak in the NBA of 33 games, or that the win over the Magic meant this was now the second longest in the history of major professional sports leagues in North America (surpassing Major League Baseball’s New York Giants, who won 26 consecutive games in 1916). What mattered was that the Heat continued to play the game the right way.
“You can’t be afraid of success,” Spoelstra said before tipoff. “Right now, we’re dealing with a lot of noise and possible distractions from the outside – storylines. Everybody wants to make it about something else. We’re trying to improve our game. If success happens to be part of the process, we can’t be afraid of it.”
LeBron James finished with 24 points, nine rebounds and 11 assists, while the long-range shooting Mario Chalmers, Rashard Lewis and Ray Allen were too much for the Magic. The streak moves to Chicago from here, as the Heat play at the Bulls on Wednesday, New Orleans on Friday and have a major challenge at San Antonio on Sunday.
This was one of the most subtle performances you’ll ever see from James for most of the night, though he quietly sparked the most meaningful Heat surge midway through the second quarter. He entered play for the first time in the period with the Heat trailing 42-37 more than six minutes in, then played a supporting role in a 13-0 run that included two Rashard Lewis three-pointers (both assisted by James) before the Heat led 55-46 at halftime. He was his transcendent self again after Jameer … [For more on Heat winning streak now 27 with drubbing of Magic, click here.]
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