Tuesday, January 04, 2011

The Miami Heat's 9-8 start to the the season had many questioning the LeBron-Wade-Bosh experiment. That all seems forgotten now, though, as the Heat has been playing at a level worthy of the team's name. Tonight, Miami notched its 19th win in its last 20 games, besting Milwaukee 101-89.

The Heat's opposition in its last 20 games has not been the greatest (see game-by-game log), but it's still probably a good sign for Miami that it has kept its motivation and systematically knocked off a lot of weaker teams. For some perspective, the NBA currently has six teams (besides Miami) that have won two-thirds or more of their games: Boston (.788 winning percentage), Chicago (.697), Utah (.686), L.A. Lakers (.686), San Antonio (.853), and Dallas (.765). Of the Heat's 19 recent wins, only two have come against these elite teams (December 8 at Utah, and December 25 at the Lakers). The one Miami loss during the stretch was against Dallas (December 20 at home).

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