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NBA: Lakers’ record streak feeling the Heat from Miami

Miami 6 wins shy of tying Lakers’ consecutive victories mark set in 1971-72.

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James’ supporting cast has also been outstanding.

All-Stars Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh continue to flourish. Veterans Shane Battier and Ray Allen — called "championship guys" by Collins — provide support off the bench.

At a glance

Blazing Heat

Miami has won 27 straight games, six shy of the NBA record.

Feb. 3 at Toronto 100-85

Feb. 4 Charlotte 99-94

Feb. 6 Houston 114-108

Feb. 8 L.A. Clippers 111-89

Feb. 10 L.A. Lakers 107-97

Feb. 12 Portland 117-104

Feb. 14 at OKC 110-100

Feb. 20 at Atlanta 103-90

Feb. 21 at Chicago 86-67

Feb. 23 at Phil. 114-90

Feb. 24 Cleveland 109-105

Feb. 26 Sacramento 141-129 (2OT)

March 1 Memphis 98-91

March 3 at N.Y. 99-93

March 4 at Minn. 97-81

March 6 Orlando 97-96

March 8 Phil. 102-93

March 10 Indiana 105-91

March 12 Atlanta 98-91

March 13 at Phil. 98-94

March 15 at Mil. 107-94

March 17 at Toronto 108-91

March 18 at Boston 105-103

March 20 at Cleve. 98-95

March 22 Detroit 103-89

March 24 Charlotte 109-77

March 25 Orlando 108-94

What’s next

Miami’s upcoming schedule, including opponent’s record:

Wednesday at Chicago 38-31

Friday at New Orleans 25-46

Sunday at San Antonio 53-17

Tuesday vs. New York 42-26

April 5 at Charlotte 16-54

April 6 at Philadelphia 27-43

April 9 at Milwaukee 34-35

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Midseason free agent Chris Andersen has also played a significant role. Along with Udonis Haslem, he is the Heat’s primary rebounder, shot-blocker and rim protector.

"They have great players [who] are in a great frame of mind," Collins said. "They defend you every night and they’ve got two or three guys capable of throwing up huge numbers. ... They’re just playing great."

Of the Heat’s 27 wins during the streak, 19 have come against Eastern Conference opponents. Fifteen were at home. They have 13 victories against lottery-bound teams, including three against Philadelphia and two against Charlotte, Toronto and Cleveland. They have won seven times in back-to-back situations.

Most impressively, Miami has won a handful of close games — some in amazing fashion.

• In a 98-95 win at Cleveland, the Heat trailed by 27 points with 7:43 remaining in the third quarter before rallying.

• In a 105-103 victory at Boston, they overcame 43 points by Jeff Green and a 13-point deficit in the fourth quarter.

• In a 141-129 double-overtime win over Sacramento, they squandered an eight-point lead in the final 1:40 of regulation but prevailed. At Philadelphia, the 76ers went all-out to beat Miami, too. But Allen’s late 3-point shot and a Sixers turnover in the final moments enabled the Heat to escape, 98-94.

"We had a chance to get them and they were able to beat us right at the finish," Collins said. " ... They are just coming up with all the big plays."

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If Miami makes a few more, history is within reach.

Lakers’ 33-game streak

1971-72 season

Nov. 5 vs. Baltimore 110-106

Nov. 6 at Golden State 105-89

Nov. 7 vs. New York 103-96

Nov. 9 at Chicago 122-109

Nov. 10 at Philadelphia 143-103

Nov. 12 Seattle 115-107

Nov. 13 at Portland 130-108

Nov. 14 Boston 128-115

Nov. 16 Cleveland 108-90

Nov. 19 Houston 106-99

Nov. 21 Milwaukee 112-105

Nov. 25 at Seattle 139-115

Nov. 26 Detroit 132-113

Nov. 28 Seattle 138-121

Dec. 1 at Boston 124-111

Dec. 3 at Philadelphia 131-116

Dec. 5 Portland 123-107

Dec. 8 at Houston 125-120

Dec. 9 Golden State 124-111

Dec. 10 Phoenix 126-117

Dec. 12 Atlanta 104-95

Dec. 14 at Portland 129-114

Dec. 17 Golden State 129-99

Dec. 18 at Phoenix 132-106

Dec. 19 Philadelphia 154-132

Dec. 21 at Buffalo 117-103

Dec. 22 at Baltimore 127-120

Dec. 26 Houston 137-115

Dec. 28 Buffalo 105-87

Dec. 30 at Seattle 122-106

Jan. 2 Boston 122-103

Jan. 5 at Cleveland 113-103

Jan. 7 at Atlanta 134-90

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