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Miami Heat extend winning streak to 27

 

Ray Allen was a key contributor for the Heat in their 27th straight win. Credit: Mark Runyon/Basketball Schedule/Flickr

Ray Allen was a key contributor for the Heat in their 27th straight win. Credit: Mark Runyon/Basketball Schedule/Flickr

The Miami Heat extended their incredible winning streak to 27 on Monday night with a 14 point victory over the Orlando Magic in Florida.

The win takes them one step closer to breaking the record of 33 games won in a row set by the LA Lakers side of 1971-1972.

It’s now the second-longest winning streak in American major sports, behind only the Lakers’ run.

Baseball’s New York Giants won 26 straight games in 1916, the New England Patriots took 21 consecutive NFL games in 2003 and 2004, and the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins won 17 consecutive times in 1993.

LeBron James top scored for the Heat in win 27, with twenty four points, eleven assists and nine rebounds.

Miami also got key contributions from Mario Chalmers, Chris Bosh (though he was 4-of-14 from the floor) and Ray Allen, who combined for 41 points in the contest.

The trio picked up the slack with Dwyane Wade once again on the bench with a bruised right knee.

After jumping out to an early lead, Miami allowed Orlando to chip away toward the end of the first quarter.

The Magic led by as many as six halfway through the second quarter, but Bosh and Chalmers took over, each making multiple trips to the charity stripe in the final five minutes of the half. By the 3:28 mark, Miami held a 50-42 lead, which it extended to nine points by the half.

Orlando hung around in the third quarter, at one point tying the game at 68-68 on a Nelson 25-footer, but James came on strong with seven points in the final two minutes of the period.

When the dust settled, the Heat were ahead by 10 points with 12 minutes to play in the game.

As he has done so many times during Miami’s impressive streak, James took over in the fourth quarter.

He tacked on nine more points in the frame, while Allen came alive with a trio of three-pointers, squashing Orlando’s hopes of ending the streak. The Magic never pulled to within 10 points, at one point trailing by as many as 20.

The four-game road trip for Miami continues in Chicago on Wednesday, followed by a Friday matchup in New Orleans – who snapped Denver’s 15-game winning streak on Monday night.

Miami’s trip ends Sunday in San Antonio.

 

Cover image credit: Keith Allison

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