The Miami Heat Movie: Imagining the Story of the Streak on the Big Screen

Riding high on their latest soul crushing of the Boston Celtics, Miami's favorite team, the Heat, are now second on the all-time list of longest NBA win streaks at 23 games. They're second only to the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers, whose streak lasted 33 games and ended in a blowout against the Milwaukee Bucks in early 1972. That Lakers team featured an overwhelming amount of all-time greats like Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West, Gail Goodrich, Elgin Baylor, and a much younger and less debonair Pat Riley.

While records in the sports world may seem like the pinnacle of success, nothing means forever like the immortality of film. Let's be honest: before this season, did anyone even know or care that the NBA win streak record was 33 games? Comparatively, we're sure way more people knew that in Rocky IV Apollo Creed came out to James Brown singing "Living In America." Or that Ricky Vaughn's nickname was "Wild Thing." Or that Matt LeBlanc was the baseball tutor for a monkey named Ed.

In the world of entertainment, film trumps sports, hands down. So to commemorate this year's Miami Heat, and the impressive win streak they've pulled off (and should extend tonight), we're imagining our own Hollywood blockbuster about the team: Miami New Times' Cultist presents a Chuck Strouse production: Blaze, The Much Told Story of The Miami Heat's 23 Game Win Streak.

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Ric Delgado