On Sunday night the Miami Heat tied the 2007-2008 Houston Rockets for the second longest winning streak in the history of the NBA. The win saw the Heat defeat the Toronto Raptors 108-91 at the Air Canada center in Toronto. The win also marked Lebron James’ 32nd Double Double ( A Combination of two stats reaching 10) which is a carer high for James who will likely win his fourth league MVP this year.
This is the type of run most expected from the Heat after Lebron and Chris Bosh left their teams The Clevland Cavilers and Toronto Raptors during the summer of 2010 to join forces with Dwayne Wade in Miami. But with 22 game win streak are the current Heat team in the debate with the 1972 LA Lakers who hold the NBA record for most wins in a row with 33. The 72 Lakers is regarded as one of the best teams in NBA history. Lead by Jerry West and Wilt Chamberlain at the end of their carers the Lakers earned their first title since the franchise moved from Minneapolis to LA after many failed attempts int he finals throughout the 60s and 1970 (Most Of Those Losses Coming To Bill Russell and The Boston Celtics) Perhaps if the Heat win a title this year then the debate will become a little more legit than it is now.
Back to the Heat and Rockets with 22 wins. Looking at both teams the Heat have a better core of players than the Rockets did. The heat with Lebron, Wade and Bosh have one of the best starting line ups in the NBA today only rivaled by the Lakers with Kobe, Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol and Steve Nash. The Rockets featured Yao Ming at Center, Tracy McGrady at SG. Ming and McGrady missed a combined 43 games during the 2008 season.(16 for McGrady and 27 for Ming). While for the Heat only Bosh and Wade have missed games totaling 7 (4 for Wade and 3 for Bosh) Lebron has yet to miss a game this season.
The Rockets fell in the playoffs to the Utah Jazz 4-2. While as of now the NBA playoffs are yet to start but the Heat have to be odds of favorites to repeat in winning an NBA Title or at least make the finals for the 3rd year in a row since the Big 3 era began in the 2010-2011 season. The Heats schedule until March 31st looks quite easy with games against, The Magic, Cavilers, Bobcats, Hornets, Bulls and Pistons until a show down with the Spurs on the 31st who currently are the best team in the west.