Heat Rally From 16 Down for 14th Straight; James Within 4 Wins of Jordan's Best Streak

Heat Rally From 16 Down for 14th Straight; James Within 4 Wins of Jordan's Best Streak

It would take LeBron James at least five more years to catch Michael Jordan’s six NBA titles, but he needs just four more wins to match his all-time win streak at 18 games. Sunday appeared to be the biggest obstacle to the current winning streak, as the home crowd in New York was cheering the Knicks onto an apparent third straight 20-point win over the Heat this season – and then James took over again. The side-by-side comparison of Jordan’s best ever 18-game winning streak and James best ever are below.

Dwyane Wade had to step in on an offnight by James to beat Memphis last week 98-91 to get the streak to 13 games, and Wade scored another 20 Sunday against the Knicks. However, James took over with 29 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists to rally the Heat to a 99-93 win in Madison Square Garden for their 14th straight win.

The Knicks led by as many as 16 behind 32 points by Carmelo Anthony, and James appeared injured in the third quarter before storming back. If the Heat can win their next game at Minnesota, then James can tie Jordan if the Heat win the next three games all at home. The Heat would tie the streak at 18 with a win over the Indiana Pacers, who along with the Knicks have given the Heat the biggest matchup problem this year. However, that game would be easier than Sunday’s win since the Pacers will be traveling to Miami.

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  98  91
Miami Heat h 102 80 W 14 New York Knicks a  99  93
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   106 96

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