The wins keep on coming for the Miami Heat, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they are coming easy.
The Heat stretched their incredible win streak – which is already the second longest single-season streak in NBA history – to 24 games on Wednesday night, but they needed to rally from a 27-point deficit to do it.
The Heat trailed LeBron James’ former squad by nearly 30 points early in the third quarter, but then James turned it on, propelling his current team to a 98-95 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Leading by example, James kept his composure when the Heat were down big and put in a spectacular performance, posting a triple-double with 25 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists.
“I knew there was a lot of time, so we never panicked,” James said, according to ESPN.com. “We were down 27 with 18 minutes left. That’s a lifetime in basketball.”
Ray Allen was also integral in the second-half comeback, hitting three clutch three-point shots and nabbing five steals down the stretch.
Miami is now nine games away from the all-time record of 33 consecutive wins, which was set by the Los Angeles Lakers during the 1971-1972 season. Though Miami still has a lot of work to do to break the record, members of that Lakers team recently said they are worried that the Heat will. If Miami keeps finding ways to win nearly out-of-reach games like this, then those worries are probably justified.
The Heat will take their show back home on Friday, as they go for win number 25 against the Detroit Pistons.