The Miami Heat continued to roll along on Monday night with a 108-94 win against the Orlando Magic.
The victory gave the Heat their 27th win in a row. They need just six more wins to match the 1971-1972 Los Angeles Lakers’ 33-game winning streak.
Miami has cruised through the past two months of the season, not losing a game since Feb.1. Seventeen of the victories have come by double-digits. Just two of the wins were by one possession.
LeBron James has been nearly unstoppable in 2013, playing his way to, possibly, a fourth MVP award in five years. During the streak, James has not missed a game, averaging 27 points per game on 57.5 percent field goal shooting. He is also averaging 8.0 assists and 8.1 rebounds per contest.
Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh are both shooting over 52 percent on the historic run. They have an average plus-minus rating of 10.2.
While the streak has been very impressive, the Heat haven’t played the most difficult schedule in the past 27 games. Over 59 percent of Miami’s opponents during the streak are currently under .500. Their best wins came against the Oklahoma City Thunder, New York Knicks, Los Angeles Clippers and Memphis Grizzlies.
It certainly won’t be easy for the Heat to tie or set a new record. On their way to 33 straight wins, the club will have to play four games on the road and three against playoff teams.
The Heat have three more games on their current road trip. On Wednesday, they’ll visit the Chicago Bulls. That will be followed by visits to the New Orleans Hornets and San Antonio Spurs on Friday and Sunday.
Chicago is 38-31 with the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference. They have beaten Miami once this season, though the Heat returned the favor with a 19-point victory on the ninth game of the streak.
New Orleans shouldn’t present much of a problem for Miami. The Hornets have the third-worst record in the West.
The Spurs probably have the best chance of stopping the Heat. San Antonio has the best record in the West with 53 wins, and almost beat Miami earlier this season, even though Tony Parker, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili didn’t play. Sportsbook.ag has the odds of the Spurs breaking the streak at +140.
If Miami can get passed those three games, the New York Knicks are the only formidable opponent that stands in their way. The Knicks are the one team that has proven they match up well with the Heat, defeating them by 20 points on two separate occasions.
A win against New York would put Miami’s streak at 31 games. All they would have to do is get through the easiest three-game stretch of their season, and the Heat would unseat the Lakers of over 30 years ago. From April 5-9, the Heat are scheduled to face the lowly Charlotte Bobcats, Philadelphia 76ers and Milwaukee Bucks.
It wouldn’t be impossible to see a team with a losing record beat the Heat in the near future. Even in their dominant two-month run, the Heat have had some close calls against lesser opponents. Miami had to mount a 27-point comeback to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers and a last-second layup by James is the only thing that prevented the Magic from ending the streak.