MIAMI The road to the NBA championship runs through Miami. Call it Route 66.
The Heat wrapped up a magnificent regular season with a 105-93 win Wednesday night over the Orlando Magic at AmericanAirlines Arena. They finished 66-16, becoming the 13th team in NBA history to win 66 or more games.
Its amazing. Its amazing. Its amazing, forward Udonis Haslem said of his Heat reaching that franchise record win total as they prepare to open the playoffs Sunday at home against Milwaukee at a time to be determined.
True, but some on the Heat thought the total could have been even more. After all, Miami closed the regular season by winning a staggering 37 of 39. That included a 27-game winning streak, the second-longest in NBA history.
We still feel like we threw away so many games early and midway through the season, Miami guard Ray Allen said. It seems like we easily could have won 70.
The NBA record is the Chicago Bulls having gone 72-10 in 1995-96. So maybe thats a target to shoot fo...