Tuesday , Jan , 22 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Miami Heat About to Make Franchise History


Even before Monday’s 97-90 loss to the Cavaliers at AmericanAirlines Arena, coach Pat Riley said he was moving toward retooling the team for the next two seasons. Unfortunately for the reeling Heat, it still has 42 games left this season.  Dwyane Wade set franchise records with 18 consecutive points in the fourth quarter and 32 points in the second half. But not even one of his best games, with 42 points, seven assists and six rebounds in 40 minutes, could prevent the Heat from stumbling to its 14 consecutive loss.

 ‘We are going to win one day,’ Wade said. ‘As long as guys keep believing, that’s the main thing.’The Heat (8-32) is within three losses of matching the franchise record of 17 in a row set by the 1988-89 expansion team. It also now is assured of a losing record on its seven-game homestand, which closes with games against the  defending champion Spurs, Pacers and Celtics. Click here for more from the Miami Herald.