Cooled Off Heat: Miami Heat Streak Comes to a Halt

The Miami Heat winning streak ends at 27 games straight 101-97, with a lost from a Derrick Rose-less Bulls.

A road game for the Miami Heat team but a homecoming for Heat All-Star Dwayne Wade was cut short by a stifling defense led by Lou Deng and Carlos Boozer. Despite Rose and team leader in rebounder, blocks and steals Joakim Noah missing, the Bulls put on a wonderful team effort to end the winning streak in front of 23,000 screaming fans.  Even Nate Robinson came off the bench and scored a helping 14 points and 22 minutes. Robinson has been a huge aid for the Bulls since Rose has been out rehabilitating his torn ACL and sore hamstrings.

The winning streak of the Heat started on February 3, 2013. If you are wondering, why this date sounds familiar, it’s because it is. February 3rd is the day the Superbowl was played. During the streak the Heat went 13-0 on the road and 14-0 home. The wins didn’t all come in a blowout fashion, but they were close. One comeback win was against LeBron James former team, the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Heat dug themselves a 27 point deficit but fought back to win 98-95.

The Heat were closing in on the 1972 Los Angeles Lakers winning streak of 33 games. The Lakers featured NBA legends and Hall of Famers like Wilt Chamberlin, Jerry West (the NBA logo), and Miami Heat President, Pat Riley.

We have seen streaks threatened before. The 1972 Miami Dolphins had their perfect season threatened by the New England Patriots in 2008, but fell short to the New York Giants who pulled off one of the greatest upset and “wowing” plays in NFL history.

Here is a list of some streaks that may not ever be broken:

NCAA Women’s Division I Basketball- 90 games Connecticut Huskies

NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball- 74 games UCLA Bruins

NFL- 21 games, Consecutive Regular Season Games New England Patriots

Hockey- 17 games, Longest Winning Streak by a Team Pittsburgh Penguins

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