All great things must end…except winning

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Tyler Alexander, Sports Editor

The Miami Heat are on a miraculous streak, a streak that seemingly will never end. The Heat have won 25 straight games dating back to February 1, 2013. Over a month’s work of winning has given Miami the best record in the NBA at 54-14. The Heat are playing at a level that no team in history besides the 1971-72 Lakers have been able to replicate.

Miami went into The Garden, home of the Boston Celtics, Monday having won 22 consecutive games, which was tied for the second longest streak all time. This feat shared was with Miami by the 2007-08 Houston Rockets, and only eclipsed by the 1971-72 Lakers, who won 33 straight. It would seem only fitting that the Heat could move into the history books with a win over arch-rival Boston, who wanted nothing more than to bust Miami’s streak. If any team could’ve done it though, it would’ve been the Celtics.
Five years ago to Monday, the Celtics put an end to the Rockets 22 game winning streak in Houston, handing them a hefty 20 point beat down. As if the matchup of Heat Celtics wasn’t enough, a few Celtics offered their blunt opinions on Miami’s winning streak, fueling the fire.

“I’m not really impressed with it or anything that they do,” said Boston SG Jason Terry, who was a member of the 2011 Mavericks “So, for me, it’s more about what our team is doing and how we’re coming together as a unit.”

When asked earlier in the week if he wants Miami to be carrying the streak into Boston, Paul Piece claimed, “I really don’t even care. I hope they lose every game the rest of the season. I just worry about what this team does.”

You could feel the intensity the Celtics came out with, especially from Jeff Green, who played like a man possessed. Green dropped a career-high 43 points Monday night, but it ultimately couldn’t match the work of LeBron James. James had 37 points, 12 assists, and 7 rebounds, and the game-winning jumper with 10.5 seconds to go, to give Miami the 105-103 lead. The Heat overcame a 13 point deficit with eight minutes left in the game and got their 23rd straight win 105-103.

Since the Boston win, the Heat have come back from two major deficits to extend their streak to 25 games.