Heat Thump Pacers, Stretch Streak To 18



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MIAMI – Someone else will have to stop the Miami Heat … and their 18-game (and counting) win streak.

The Indiana Pacers simply were not up to the task Sunday night at AmericanAirlines Arena. They said all the right things before opening tip and even gave the impression that they planned on backing up their talk of this being a heated rivalry. But midway through the third quarter, the air had been sucked out of the building.

The Eastern Conference’s second best team, the one with two wins over the Heat, is no different from any of the other victims during the Heat’s franchise-best win streak. In fact, the Heat tossed the Pacers aside in this one without their best player breaking much of a sweat in a 105-91 rout.

LeBron James (season-low 13 points, seven assists and six rebounds) didn’t have to kick his game into overdrive with his supporting cast of Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Mario Chalmers doing all of the damage they did throughout the game. They all watched the final two minutes of this one from the bench, each one of them enjoying the scenery after Chalmers shredded the Pacers for a game-high 26 points on 7-for-9 shooting from the floor (5-for-6 from deep) and seven rebounds, Bosh hit them for 24 points on 11-for-15 shooting and Wade stuck them for 23 more on 9-for-16 shooting.

Bosh said last week that James is the best player on the planet and also has the best supporting cast.

Sunday’s work, which gave the Heat the distinction of defeating every team in the league at least once this season, could serve as the latest and most glaring example of that fact.

“No question,” Wade said. “I don’t know a lot about it, but you can’t win an Oscar unless everyone does their job on a movie. He doesn’t have to score 30 every night. Our teammates are very confident and we love it when they come out aggressive. We’re a total team. We’re not going to have one guy iso and take 20 or 30 shots a night. We have guys who move the ball around and our teammates understand and they are ready.”

It’s not often that Chalmers leads the Heat in scoring and rebounding. But he relishes these spotlight games as much as anyone in the Heat locker room, as he proved during the Heat’s title run last season.

“Mario loves these kinds of games,” Wade said. “When he’s shooting the ball that way the floor is spread and we’re a lot tougher as a team. That’s how he played last year in big games and The Finals. We love it when he’s aggressive and shooting the ball that way.”

Bosh was often the one with the ball in his hands as the shot clock ticked down. He drained shots and looked plenty comfortable doing so, with and without defenders in his face, from all over the floor.

“I can handle it now. I can handle it,” Bosh said calmly from his locker after the game, doing his best not to be offended by questions that suggest we should all be stunned that an eight-time All-Star was willing and able to take and make big shots alongside James and Wade.

It’s never been just about James or just Wade, he said. And he’s ready for his role, whatever it might be on a given night, be it working as “the man” or as a member of the “supporting cast.”

“It’s always been like that, at least in my mind,” Bosh said. “We know what the stigma is out there [about us]. We can play a lot of different ways. We have so many guys that can play so well.”

Someone will get the Heat sooner or later. This current tear won’t last forever. The Los Angeles Lakers’ record 33-game win streak is not in danger at this moment, at least not until the Heat’s streak climbs into the mid 20s.

But it’s clear this Heat team is capable of treading on that hallowed ground, especially if they can keep mustering up these kinds of efforts against what is supposed to be the best of the best.

James said he still doesn’t know where this particular group can go, how many more gears they have. He’s also not concerned about that or the streak right now. He’s won plenty of regular season games, statement games and otherwise, and they mean nothing without the proper ending to the postseason.

He respects the process the Heat are going through right now, even if he’s not as caught up in the streak as some others obviously are and will be as long as it continues.

“That was never one of our goals coming into this season, how many games we could win in a row,” James said. “Our goal is to win a championship and not take any shortcuts in that process.”

A focused, healthy, energized and highly motivated Heat team is in the process of showing just how big that gap is between the best team in the Eastern Conference (and perhaps the league) and everyone else.

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39 Comments

  1. dink says:

    HEAT ARENT’ WINNING ANOTHER TITLE , SHUT UP AND QUIT WRITING ABOUT THESE JACK OFFS ALREADY

  2. sports fan says:

    So far the Pacers won 2 out of 3, they can’t be written off. They’ll make their adjustments & will be ready for the playoffs, especially after the experience they gained from last year. I don’t think they’ll beat the Heat but I think they can make a series out of it.

  3. lol says:

    pacers already won against the heat so dont get too happy heat bandwagoners

  4. wooderson says:

    this team is the greatest of all time or has the potential to prove that anyway

  5. ALES says:

    Everybody can win over everybody, i hope they win it all this year, but don’t predict stupidity

  6. W/E says:

    Pacers got OWNED…the Heat r going to the finals again no competition in the weak east.

  7. blabla says:

    Who Cares About the record. the only thing that matter the most is winning it all!

  8. LinDan says:

    @Sam

    Looking at your list I agree but Miami has a lot road-games 9 road games vs 3 home games! That’s though to beat. Fortunately no back-to-back road games……………………………

  9. Big Al says:

    I hope that this streak does not result in the Heat running out of puff in the playoffs. They also need a new bag of tricks later on. No one else in the East would matter in the post-season. The Thunder will be their biggest threat should they repeat last year’s final. LeBron and company will be favorites against the Spurs for sure.

  10. Bob M says:

    I agree with rio, Wade is an All-Star and deserves much respect. He may not be averaging 24 a night, but he makes clutch plays all the time. A block here, a steal there, a big hoop, he makes that team great. Now Bosh, he’s supporting cast. I thought they should have dealt him for DeMarcus Cousins at the deadline.

  11. Just saying says:

    They should’ve lost against the magic,can’t believe there was no write up about that silly charge called on tobias harris…he clearly let the ball fly way before batter stepped in,and no statement from the nba about the wrong call because it’s the heat. I remember they made a statement about wrong calls during a raptors-bobcats game and Portland-Dallas game but none from that very controversial call from that magic-heat match up…im not a hater,I love lebron’s game but something needs to be done with the officiating…

  12. AFLiam1996 says:

    who cares about the streak tbh all the way to the finallsssss!!!

  13. pedro says:

    I don’t really think they can get the 33 wins. but if they continue this kind of play & intensity, another title will be an almost lock for them.

  14. rio says:

    This guy is disrespectful. since when did D>WADE — a super star became a supporting cast. He Is a STAR. He is DWYANE WADE smh. the media been disrespecting wade forever. recognize the super star with the 2 rings. definately top 5 player in the league.

    • dink says:

      hell no , at one time top 5 yes , but no longer can you be top five when you give up your batman outfit for a robin outfit

  15. gerald29 says:

    the heat showed one thing…. man separated to the boys….

  16. Sam says:

    18 and counting …. ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ….

    and BOS & SAS are the only threat on the list ….. i would admit …… OMG!!!

    ATL@MIA – Mar12
    MIA@PHI – Mar13
    MIA@MIL – Mar15
    MIA@TOR – Mar17
    MIA@BOS – Mar18
    MIA@CLE – Mar20
    DET@MIA – Mar22
    CHA@MIA – Mar24
    MIA@ORL – Mar25
    MIA@CHI – Mar27
    MIA@NOH – Mar29
    MIA@SAS – Mar31

  17. Jack says:

    good win, to me its not a statement from the HEAT, they just played it at the level of their streak right now, inconcistency of hibbert will be a factor once playoff starts, they are still young to compare to the HEAT, i wish them luck.

  18. The greatest kobe bryant 24 says:

    The Lakers should be up their fighting on the top spot… Not crawling just to make it on last spot for the playoffs….
    ” Wade said. “I don’t know a lot about it, but you can’t win an Oscar unless everyone does their job on a movie. He doesn’t have to score 30 every night. Our teammates are very confident and we love it when they come out aggressive. We’re a total team. We’re not going to have one guy iso and take 20 or 30 shots a night. We have guys who move the ball around and our teammates understand and they are ready.”

    Maybe we should try that…. Maybe we could win it all… Against the HEAT…. we’re close on defeating them… Did you see my dunks??? No body can do that…. I’m the best Player in the WORLD… I will drop 50+ points when we see them in the FINALS….

  19. princess says:

    now everybody can see that the heat are for real. as for the people who are doubting the miami heat maybe this 18 game winning streak and counting could be an example of things to come. they may not be the tallest and talented as the clippers or or the indiana pacers but they have the heart of the champs! goodluck heat more wins to come!

  20. iSHAQ or SHAQTOLOGY says:

    LAKERS… 5game winning streak…. Go Knicks!!!

  21. Charles Barkley needs to shut his mouth, he thinks Memphis or spurs got a chance of beating heat in the finals is a joke….
    Goooo heats nation…,
    Gaaaaah!

  22. zero says:

    for repeat…..right now lets just enjoy the moment!

  23. Zero says:

    A nice win for the Heat. I think they can break the 22 games in row record set by the rockets. And hope they can carry this momentum on the playoffs.. :D

  24. As for anyone else stopping the streak..all you haters can just try and pray the Spurs got somethin’ in their pockets. PRAY hard. Pacers’ll just shrink come playoff time.

  25. Finally, the Heat put these youngsters into their place. It’s not simply THINKING you can hang with the big boys, it’s about actually PROVING you’re a big boy, if you’re a Pacer. Well, all that loud-mouthing went down the drain practically even before the halftime buzzer sounded.

    All Hail The King! Big 3 goin’ for 9 ‘chips!

  26. Finally, the Heat put these youngsters into their place. It’s not simply THINKING you can hang with the big boys, it’s about actually PROVING you’re a big boy, if you’re a Pacer. Well, all that loud-mouthing went down the drain practically even before the halftime buzzer sounded.

    All Hail The King! Big 3 goin’ for 9 ‘chips!

  27. LebronKingOfNba says:

    it is safe to say that this media should stop now saying the pacers can beat the heat in a series. good thing nba writers are sane to give us opinions that the pacers can beat the heat

    • it’s always the media feeding the Pacer nation with dope that they can beat the Heat. These Pacers are OBVIOUSLY high.

    • LakersWillWin says:

      Out of 3 games played Indiana is still up 2-1. That game last night WAS important though, and I really thought if Miami won it would determine their season. I really don’t think Miami can be stopped, hopefully for their sake they aren’t peaking a little too early…

  28. Derby says:

    pacers got owned tonight, just ask stephenson. and i dont think he’ll make another stupid remark ever in his life again.

  29. theholyspectator says:

    heat puttin in that work..18 games and counting