Heat Wins 12th Straight; James Six Wins from Jordan's Longest Streak

LeBron James led the Miami Heat to their 12th straight win, pulling him within six wins of the longest streak Michael Jordan streak had during his year with the Bulls (see side-by-side comparison of each game below). James scored 40 points and had 16 assists, including several to Dwyane Wade who added 39 points as the Heat survived for a double overtime win over the Sacramento Kings 141-129.

The Heat would need to defeat the Memphis Grizzlies at home, then win at the Knicks and Timberwolves before coming home to win three more to tie the streak at 18 games. The 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers have the longest winning streak ever at 33 games.

While Wade and Scottie Pippen give James and Jordan two of the best No. 2 players ever, both players also have benefitted from a tattoo covered dominant rebounder who rarely scores. Jordan’s dominant rebounder was Dennis Rodman, who is in North Korea Tuesday, while the Heat’s Chris Anderson continued to add the inside muscle the Heat was missing as well as scoring 10 points of his own.

The struggling Kings franchise showed surprising spark in threatening to end the Heat’s winning streak. The inconsistent but physically dominant DeMarcus Cousins finished with 24 points and 15 rebounds and Marcus Thornton came off the bench for 36 points, the highest of a reserve this year.

Jordan shot 49.5% during the 1995-96 season to lead the Bulls to a 72-10 season.  This month, James shot 64.1% from the floor (139 for 217).

 
Dec 29 1995-Feb 2 1996   Bulls Opp Streak Feb 3 2013-March 10 2013   Heat Opp
Indiana Pacers h 120 93 W 1 Toronto Raptors a 100 85
Atlanta Hawks h 95 93 W 2 Charlotte Bobcats h 99 94
Houston Rockets h 100 86 W 3 Houston Rockets h 114 108
Charlotte Hornets a 117 93 W 4 Los Angeles Clippers h 111 89
Milwaukee Bucks h 113 84 W 5 Los Angeles Lakers h 107 97
Seattle SuperSonics h 113 87 W 6 Portland Trail Blazers h 117 104
Philadelphia 76ers a 120 93 W 7 Oklahoma City Thunder a 110 100
Washington Bullets a 116 109 W 8 Atlanta Hawks a 103 90
Philadelphia 76ers h 116 104 W 9 Chicago Bulls a 86 67
Toronto Raptors a 92 89 W 10 Philadelphia 76ers a 114 90
Detroit Pistons a 111 96 W 11 Cleveland Cavaliers h 109 105
New York Knicks a 99 79 W 12 Sacramento Kings h 141 129
Vancouver Grizzlies h 104 84 W 13 Memphis Grizzlies h    
Miami Heat h 102 80 W 14 New York Knicks a    
Phoenix Suns h 93 82 W 15 Minnesota Timberwolves a    
Houston Rockets a 98 87 W 16 Orlando Magic h    
Sacramento Kings a 105 85 W 17 Philadelphia 76ers h    
Los Angeles Lakers a 99 84 W 18 Indiana Pacers h    
Average Bulls Score   106 89   Average Heat Score   109 97

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