Unless the Heat somehow manage to only drop two games the rest of the regular season, the hopes that the team can match the '96 Chicago Bulls 72-win season may have to wait until at least next season. Though, the streaking squad is already knocking on the door at meeting or beating another NBA record.
With last night's 96-84 trouncing of the New Orleans Hornets, the Heat extended their win-streak to nine. More importantly every one of those wins has been by ten points or more. Only six teams in NBA history have managed to win nine games in a row by double digits. The record for most consecutive wins in a row by double digits is ten. That record is shared three-ways by the '08 Rockets, '04 Nets and '47 Capitols.
With a home game against the Cavaliers on Wednesday, a team the Heat beat by 18 points on the road earlier this month, the Heat have a very real chance of joining that company. Hell, in fact, it might be a moral victory for the Cavs if they can at least hold the Heat to a single digit lead.
To own the record outright the Heat would then have to demolish Amare Stoudemire and the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Friday. It's possible, but the Knicks have been on a hot streak of their own recently, with only one loss in their past 14 games.
Dwyane Wade also broke a record of his own last night. His 20 points in the second quarter was a Miami Heat record.
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Also a strange statistical sidenote: LeBron, Bosh and Wade have combined for exactly 75 points in the last four games.