Thursday , Mar , 14 , 2013 Matt Formica

Heat on fire; win 20th straight

The Miami Heat won their 20th straight game tonight.

Hoopsvibe’s quick call:  Love them or hate them, the Heat are the hottest team in the NBA.

The Miami Heat are living up to their name … they’re en fuego.

The Heat won their 20th straight game tonight, beating the Philadelphia 76ers 98-84 in what proved to be a tough game for the reigning NBA Champions.

Lebron James led the way (obviously) with 27 points and Dwyane Wade, the Shaq professed “Flash”, added 21.  Ray Allen, the man, contributed with 12 points of his own.  The Heat’s 20 game win streak is tied for the third longest in NBA history.

The 76ers were led by Thaddeus Young who put up 24 points and 15 rebounds.  Jrue ‘with a J’ Holiday dropped a legit 21 while Evan Turner racked up 15 in the loss.

But the Andrew Bynum-less Philadelphia 76ers, now 24-40, weren’t the toughest matchup on paper.

“It certainly was not pretty,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said following Wednesday’s win.  “Not necessarily the way we scripted it down the stretch.  But we gutted it out.”

And gutted it out they did.  The Philly faithful at Wells Fargo Center went crazy all game and made it a tough place to play for the defending champs.

“We just don’t panic,” said Heat star and MVP candidate Lebron James.  “Our main goal is to win a game not to blow a team out.  Whatever the case may be, we just want to play the game.  Wherever the game takes us in those 48 minutes, we’re ready for it,” James continued.

He makes a good point.  Everyone expects the Heat to dominate a team like the 76ers, but the reality is, it’s difficult to keep a lengthy win streak alive, especially against a team with nothing to lose.  It’s just goes to show that Miami can pull out a tough win in a, rowdy, we-don’t-give-a-shit environment like Philadelphia. 

Even Thaddeus Young admitted it.  “I don’t think there was any pressure on us,” he said.  “Those guys were on the streak and we were trying to end it.”

“Trying” being the key word.

The Heat will take a shot at their 21st consecutive win on Friday at Milwaukee.  They face Toronto on Sunday and Boston on Monday.  But the question remains, when will the streak end?

Something tells me Boston is hoping they get the chance to break it.

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