Two stunning come from behind wins in less than a week. That is what this spectacular Miami Heat squad had to do to in order to keep their winning streak alive, which is now the second best winning streak in NBA history at 24 games.
Being 11 games away from tying the Lakers all time longest win streak of 33 entering the game, the Miami Heat went into TD Garden to face a Garnett-less Boston Celtics team. Throughout the game, the Celtics lead most of the time. Their highest lead was by 17 points. Jeff Green had a coming out party and scored a career high 43 points. The Heat were able to march their way back to the lead in the fourth quarter, led by LeBron James. The most competitive part of the game was within the last two minutes. Mario Chalmers had hit a three to get the Heat to a tie with Boston. The Celtics quickly made a bucket of their own to gain the lead. LeBron then tied it once again with a mid-range shot over Jeff Green. The game eventually came down to free throws, and the Heat pulled of the win in a 105-103 score. This was Miami’s 23rd straight win and gave them the sole title of the 2nd best winning streak of all time.
Miami had little time to rest after a hard earned victory as their next was two days later against LeBron’s former team, the Cleveland Cavaliers. The game was delayed due to fluid leaking onto the court from the scoreboard. But once the game started, it was hard ball ’til finish. Miami had a good first quarter, but once the second quarter came around, the Cavs picked up on Miami’s weaknesses and ran away to have a 21 point lead into the half. In the third quarter, Miami was down by as much as 27. This didn’t last long as LeBron & Co. came with a surging second half of the third quarter. In the fourth, Miami tied the game only 4 minutes into the quarter. The tying score was a three by LeBron, where he then after gave a death stare to the Cleveland crowd. Miami eventually lead by 9, but the Cavs came back and nearly tied the game. Miami in the end was able to finish off the best come from behind victory in franchise history by a final score of 98-95.
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