With their 99-93 win over the New York Knicks, the Miami Heat have won their 14th game in a row. That's the longest winning streak of the LeBron James Era, and ties the franchise record for most consecutive wins.
It also happens to be the longest winning streak of any team this season, with wins over eight playoff teams along the way.
I suppose you could say there's been a Heat wave of sorts.
A win on Monday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves would give them their 15th in a row, and the longest winning streak in franchise history.
If they win every game between now and April 9th, Miami will officially clinch the longest winning streak in NBA history with 34 in a row.
Okay, perhaps looking that far ahead is a bit ridiculous, so let's just take a moment and look back before we think too much about the future.
February 3rd, Miami 100, Toronto 85
After a loss to the Indiana Pacers, the Heat were coming out of a fine January and were looking forward to a similar February.
At this point, Rudy Gay was in just his second game with the Raptors, and the Heat made sure it was an unhappy one.
LeBron James put together a usual LeBron stat line (30 points, eight rebounds and seven assists), and it seemed like just another win for Miami.
February 4th, Miami 99, Charlotte 94
Interestingly enough, this was perhaps the closest Miami came to losing during their win streak, but there was no way King James was ever going to lose the game.
LeBron scored 31 points on just 14 shots, making 13 of them.
LeBron shot 13-14 from the field vs. Charlotte. That would be his best shooting effort in his NBA career if Bobcats counted as an NBA team.— Not Bill Walton (@NotBillWalton) February 5, 2013
February 6th, Miami 114, Houston 108
With the Houston Rockets coming into town, the Heat realized that they could go easy on defense and still have a chance to win easily.
It wasn't exactly an easy win, and they were outshone by James Harden's 36 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists, but LeBron and Wade combined for 63 points in one of their highest scoring nights of the year.
They would top the 114-point mark a few times over the course of the next month.
February 8th, Miami 111, Los Angeles Clippers 89
While a win over Houston is nice, they had yet to beat a legitimate contender during their streak by the end of the first week of February.
This game was the first time in LeBron's career that he scored at least 30 points on 11 or fewer shot attempts as Mario Chalmers had his best game of the streak with 18 points.
LeBron James 9-11 FG (81.8 pct) vs Clippers. 1st time in career LeBron has shot 60 pct from floor in 4 straight games— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) February 9, 2013
February 10th, Miami 107, Los Angeles Lakers 97
After a big meal like the Clippers two nights before, Miami's desert came when the Lakers coasted into town, giving them a good fight, but not enough down the stretch.
At this point there was no talk of a record-breaking winning streak, just of a record-breaking scoring streak from LeBron. He put together the only five-game streak of at least 30 points in Heat history.
February 12th, Miami 117, Portland 104
It was a ho-hum 117 points, but the Heat fans got to see a huge 33-point performance from Damian Lillard along the way.
Okay, so it wasn't a ho-hum 117 points, it was the sixth game in a row that LeBron scored at least 30 points on 60 percent shooting, something that only he has done in the history of the NBA.
Portland and Miami each actually had double-digit leads at one point, but ended up tied with just over four minutes to go in the fourth quarter. Miami shut things down in the end and won their sixth in a row.
February 14th, Miami 110, Oklahoma City 100
Wins over Houston and both Los Angeles teams were nice, but the Heat's win over the Thunder was something special, just because of who they played.
It was a magnanimous battle between LeBron and Kevin Durant, as they've done many times in the past, with LeBron putting up 39 to Durant's 40.
February 20th, Miami 103, Atlanta 90
At this point, the conversation turned from LeBron's dominance to Miami's winning streak.
Like they'd done a few times before in the past seven games, Miami found themselves down by double-digits, but scored the first 13 points of the fourth quarter (Shane Battier and Ray Allen combined for 24 points in the fourth).
This was the biggest total team effort they had over the course of the first eight games of the streak, and it showed.
February 21st, Miami 86, Chicago 67
The fewest points scored of the streak was also the fewest points they allowed. On the second night of a back-to-back, they held Chicago to a ridiculous 37 percent shooting while riding LeBron to yet another win.
Their ninth in a row also made it their longest winning streak of the season. All eyes were officially on the streak.
February 23rd, Miami 114, Philadelphia 90
Finishing out their longest road trip of the streak, LeBron made it a special win with his third triple-double of the season.
Try as he might, LeBron was actually overshadowed by Dwyane Wade carrying the load with 33 points on 14-of-18 shooting.
February 24th, Miami 109, Cleveland 105
While the Heat had their challenges along the way, their game against the Cavs was possibly their most interesting of the streak.
Once holding a 20-plus point advantage over Cleveland, a flurry of C.J. Miles three-pointers gave the Cavs the lead going into the fourth quarter.
A battle was had between the two, and eventually won through Wade's terrific, and redeeming fourth quarter.
February 26th, Miami 141, Sacramento 129
It was the second time during the streak in which two players scored at least 39 points, only this time they were both on Miami.
Wade's 39 and LeBron's 40 (and 16 assists) brought them their 12th win in a row, if only by the skin of their teeth.
We knew the Heat could beat the old Sonics. After a 2OT win vs the Kings tonight, now we know they can beat the new Sonics too!— SportsNation (@SportsNation) February 27, 2013
March 1st, Miami 98, Memphis 91
Another game, another near triple-double for LeBron, another fourth quarter flurry and the Heat had won their 13th in a row against a hot Grizzlies team.
At this point, it's almost a foregone conclusion that they were going to win, regardless of how well their opponents play.
March 3rd, Miami 99, New York 93
There wasn't a point in this one in which I had a thought that the Heat were going to lose, even down by 14 points at the end of the first half.
Miami has a chance to put together a truly special string of games, as they play just one top-tier team (Indiana) in the next 15 games. If they continue to come out with the necessary intensity, they could easily be going for quite a long time.
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