Found March 28, 2013 on In The Neutral Zone:
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The Heat had not lost a game since February 1st. Until now. The fact is they were very close to closing out the month of March without losing. But then there were the Chicago Bulls. They played without their best player Derrick Rose yet again. The Miami Heat loveem or hate em will go down in history as having the second longest winning streak in NBA history. The fact that it took a good Chicago Bulls team to finally end the streak says alot about the Heat. The Heat own the best record in the East by a wide margin. But don’t get the idea that the Knicks, Bulls,Celtics and Pacers are afriad or in awe of the Heat. The streak was and many ways very impressive simply because of the level at which they played. Toward the end of the streak whether it was the attention or the fact that they felt the could spot a team a lead and comeback as they had done mostly throughout the streak it caught it with them. There has been alot of thoughts that it would be better to lose now and peak at the playoffs instead of going for the record and then have nothing left for the playoffs. As much as I hate to admit it I was thinking that too, until I remember that on one of the Bulls championship run they boasted the leagues best record at 72-10 onm their way to winning the NBA title that season, so it stands to reason you can do both break a record and still have something left in the tank for the playoffs and win a title. The record holder of the NBA’s longest win streak the 1971-72 Lakers won the NBA title that season against the New York Knicks in 5 games. So anything can happen. The Lakers record that season was 69-13. The Heat with this loss have 15 loses so that record is gone as well. One thing I did learn about the Heat during this streak and about them this season, after winning the championship last season, they play with a purpose this season,whether to prove to themselves that it wasn’t a fluke or that this is the start of a Jordan – Bulls run like in the 90′s they are playing like the champions they are. Let’s see where all of this carries the Heat in mid April when the playoffs start.
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