Miami defended South Beach with a 14-point victory, the Heat’s 18th consecutive win. Let us reiterate: it was the Heat’s 18th straight win, not just LeBron James’.
That point is critical considering the self-proclaimed King only scored 13 points. Of course, he contributed elsewhere with six rebounds, seven assists, one steal and a block, but to see the Heat extend its winning streak without a big scoring night from James proved that Miami is just as good if not better in 2013 than it was a year ago.
Mario Chalmers of all players led the Heat in scoring with 26 points while Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade each added 24 to complete Miami’s sweep of the NBA; before Sunday, the Heat had beaten every team in the league this year except the Pacers. The victory gives Miami an 8.5-game lead in the Eastern Conference and puts the Heat just one game behind the San Antonio Spurs in the overall win column for the league. The Oklahoma City Thunder are only one game behind the Heat in the overall standings, so assuming two powerhouses meet in the Finals, the battle for home court advantage in June is going to come down to the wire.
The streak may not belong to James alone, but he’s putting up numbers that compare to none other than Michael Jordan. The longest winnings streak by any team with His Airness on the roster was 18. Jordan recorded 31.2 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists and shot 50.9 percent during that stretch. During the Heat’s current streak, James is averaging 27.2 points, 7.7 rebounds and 7.4 assists while shooting 60.2 percent from the field.
Go ahead and debate on who’s better. We know you want to.