Last night, the Miami Heat extended their current win streak to five, by beating the Los Angeles Lakers. After two closely contested quarters, Miami managed to slowly build a cushion in the second half and won by 10 points.
The Heat had lost two of their last four games before embarking on what was set out to be a 5-game homestand. The reigning NBA champions were looking to get a little momentum going by spending some quality time at South Beach, and that is exactly what the team has done.
The Lakers put up a great fight last night, and Miami head coach Erik Spoelstra appreciated the competition:
“Well, we had to fight for that one. That’s good. We had to scrap, change our mentality a little bit there in the third quarter. We were way too caught up in the officiating.”
“It was good that we had to fight for that.”
– Erik Spoelstra
Miami has gone for a perfect 4-0 record in this homestand and will be looking to extend the successful stretch with a win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday.
A win over the Blazers will be extremely important, as Miami will then hit the road in order to take on the Oklahoma City Thunder in an NBA finals rematch. The Thunder will be well rested, as both Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook have had the pleasure of sitting out 4th quarters lately, thanks to several blowout victories.
After what is certain to be an exciting finals rematch, the NBA All-Star weekend will commence. Miami is currently 2.5 games ahead of the New York Knicks in the Eastern Conference and will look to extend that distance before the All-Star break.
Vytis is a Miami Heat and NBA columnist for RantSports. You can follow him on twitter here: @VytisLasaitis