Miami Heat Beat Boston Celitcs for 23rd Straight Win March 19, 2013 10:24
When the Boston Celtics took on the Miami Heat last night at the TD Garden, it was exactly 5 years to the day that the Celtics managed to stop the Houston Rockets winning streak, leaving them at 22 wins in a row.
The Miami Heat also happened to be on on a 22 game winning streak, with Boston again standing in the way of a 23rd straight win, and the official title of team to have had the second longest winning streak in NBA history.
Would the Celtics be the dream killers all over again? The answer, no. The Miami Heat won the game by 2 points (105-103), with LeBron James putting the last two points on the scoreboard for the Heat with 10.5 seconds left on the clock.
The Celtics got out to a really good start, with Jeff Green going for 14 points in the 1st quarter, putting the team up by 17 points in the first half. By the end of the game, he had a career high of 43 points, but that wasn't enough to hold back the Heat.
The Heat's Shane Battier had more staked on this game than anyone else. Five years ago, he was on the Houston Rockets team who had battled to 22 wins, only to be beaten by the Celtics in their 23rd game. Now he knows what it's like to surpass that mark. Not only that, but he was instrumental in helping the Heat win.
After LeBron dropped the final shot for the Heat, Battier blocked Green at the other end, stopping the easy basket. It was called as a foul, but looking at the video, it was definitely a good block, and the Celtics got the ball back. A missed shot from Paul Pierce got the ball back for the Heat, and all they had to do was hold on.
Battier was inbounding the ball after a time-out, and fooled the Celtics, by putting it in off the back of Paul Pierce, and launching it towards the basket as time ran out. The rest, as they say, is now history.
The next four games for the Heat are against the worst teams in the Eastern Conference, the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Detroit Pistons, the Charlotte Bobcats and the Orlando Magic. Could they be in with a chance to take a run at the LA Lakers 33 game winning streak from the 1971-72 season? You gotta love basketball, because you just never know.