March 21, 2013 |
LeBron James scored 25 points as the Miami Heat overcame a 27-point deficit in the third quarter to win their 24th straight game, 98-95, Wednesday night over the shorthanded Cavaliers in Cleveland. The Heat, owners of the second-longest winning streak in NBA history, are now within nine games of matching the record of 33 consecutive wins held by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers. For more than 30 minutes the defending champions seemed disinterested and on the verge of losing for the first time since Feb. 1 - trailing by 67-40 with 7 minutes, 44 seconds left in the third quarter.
March 27, 2013 |
SALT LAKE CITY - If the Miami Heat keep streaking - they have won 27 straight - they could tie the NBA record by beating the 76ers on April 6. The record of 33 straight wins was set by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers. Sixers coach Doug Collins believes that the Heat are good enough to break the record. "Sure they can," Collins said Monday. "They have been pulling rabbits out of their hat lately, but they are in a rhythm. "Absolutely, they could do it. They have great players, a great coach, they defend every night and they have championship players like Ray Allen and Shane Battier coming off their bench.
February 4, 2012 |
If Friday's game at the Wells Fargo Center was a yardstick game for the 76ers, a way to compare their 16-6 record with the 16-6 record of the Miami Heat, then the night didn't turn out to be very encouraging. If it was merely a test to see if they could still stay with one of the best teams in the league, the team that bounced them from the postseason last year, then there were a few more positives. After watching how far the Sixers have come under Doug Collins, everyone agrees their glass is half-full now. But after getting shrugged off by the Heat, 99-79, it's also clear that it is still just half a glass.
April 22, 2011
I'M JUST NOT sure how much more you can ask of the 76ers than what they gave last night at the Wells Fargo Center. Coming home with a 2-0 deficit in their Eastern Conference playoff series, they responded exactly the way a young and seemingly overmatched team would against an opponent as formidable as the Miami Heat. You wanted passion. The Sixers displayed it. You wanted heart. The Sixers bled theirs out. You wanted determination, courage, fight, composure, toughness.
April 24, 2010 |
Paul Pierce demanded the ball for the last shot. The Boston Celtics were rewarded. And the much-anticipated offseason of 2010 is closer than the Miami Heat ever wanted. Pierce's 21-foot jumper at the buzzer - with injured Heat star Dwyane Wade watching helplessly from the bench - gave the visiting Celtics a 100-98 win over Miami in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference first-round playoff series last night. Boston leads the best-of-seven 3-0, and will go for the sweep tomorrow afternoon in Miami.
December 12, 2005 |
Playing for the first time in 5 weeks, Shaquille O'Neal came through in the clutch - and at the free throw line, of all places. The NBA's most notoriously erratic foul shooter sank the second of two tries with a second left in regulation to force overtime, and the Miami Heat ended a four-game losing streak by beating visiting Washington, 104-101, last night. Coming off the bench in his first action since a sprained right ankle sidelined him Nov. 3, O'Neal finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds, four in overtime.
April 27, 2005 |
Alonzo Mourning was supposed to be an insurance policy for the Miami Heat, someone to give the Heat a few good minutes off the bench and take some rebounding and defensive responsibilities off Shaquille O'Neal's mammoth shoulders. Last night, Mourning was much, much more for the Heat, which took a 2-0 lead in its Eastern Conference quarterfinal series with the visiting New Jersey Nets. Mourning, who wanted out of New Jersey earlier this season because he didn't consider the Nets a championship contender, scored 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds in 16 minutes - helping the Heat to a 104-87 win. "It's important that each and every one of us stay ready," said Mourning, whose high in 19 games in his late-season return to the Heat was only 11 points.
June 4, 2005 |
Dwyane Wade accompanied the Miami Heat to Detroit yesterday. Whether he'll join them on the basketball court tonight remains unknown. Wade's strained right rib muscle remained so painful and tender yesterday that he wasn't able to participate in his team's light on-court workout. His status won't be determined until today, but teammates are preparing themselves for the prospect of playing without him in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals. "He definitely didn't look like one of the top 50 beautiful people when he came in this morning," backcourt mate Damon Jones said, referring to Wade's recent inclusion on People magazine's annual list.
March 7, 1997 |
On the scoreboard and in the standings, the Miami Heat lost their lead. Tracy Murray scored a season-high 22 points and visiting Washington erased a 15-point, fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Heat, 99-95, knocking Miami out of first place in the Atlantic Division. Miami, the division leader since Jan. 15, fell one-half game behind the New York Knicks. "Just a terrible loss," Heat forward P.J. Brown said, "probably the worst of the year. " Isaac Austin had a career-high 19 points for Miami, and teammate Jamal Mashburn also had 19. In other games: HORNETS 122, CELTICS 121 At Charlotte, Glen Rice scored a franchise-record 48 points and Anthony Mason had his second straight triple-double as the Hornets beat Boston in overtime.
January 3, 2000 |
The game was nearly over before the Miami Heat got the scoreboard at their new arena working the way they wanted. Miami overcame a 10-point deficit in the final three minutes of the fourth quarter and beat the visiting Orlando Magic, 111-103, in overtime last night in the first game at the $215 million American Airlines Arena. The game drew a sellout crowd of 19,600, but many fans departed before the wild finish. "We were dead in the water with three minutes to go," Heat coach Pat Riley said.