The Miami Heat beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 97-81 Monday, a Heat record 15th straight win. Lebron James and Dwyane Wade have combined for two NBA Championship appearances and one ring but have never won 15 straight games until now.
Lebron James finished the game with just 20 points due to a sore knee but also added 10 rebounds for a double-double. Dwyane Wade led all scorers with 32 points and 10 assists as the Heat hold a commanding 11.5 game lead over the Atlanta Hawks in the Southeast Division.
Dwyane Wade crashed the boards Monday night as well, finishing the game with seven rebounds. The Heat have only lost one game against a southeast division opponent and currently lead the Eastern Conference at 103.6 points a game. The Minnesota Timberwolves have lost six straight games, falling back to 12th in the Western Conference, 17 games below .500 basketball.
Dwyane Wade was very excited with the win but more pleased with his teams play down the stretch.
“Hopefully we can continue to win,” Wade said after the game. “If we don’t, hopefully we can get right back on it. That’s what we’ve done all year. We in a groove. We’re playing well and finding ways to win.”
The Heat record 15th straight win comes as no surprise to the NBA community, as Lebron James has been as good as ever over the past few weeks. James was the first player ever to record 30 points in six straight games while shooting 60 percent from the field. The record ended on a win against the Thunder; James had 39 points in the win.
Chris Bosh has quietly been playing well all season, with 16.8 points and seven rebounds a game. Ray Allen made the move from the Boston Celtics to South Beach this summer and has filled in perfectly. Allen currently averages 10.9 points a game, good enough for fourth on the team.
The Minnesota Timbewolves take their struggles to the nations capital Wednesday to take on the Wizards before a match-up in Denver with the Nuggets on Saturday. The Miami Heat will take on in-state rival, the Orlando magic, Wednesday night in search of their 45th win of the season.
Finding a way to match up with the Miami Heat has been a struggle for most teams over the past few seasons, and you can guarantee their current play is making things that much worse. The Heat record 15 straight wins is not just another record added to the list but a warning for teams across the NBA to steer clear of the best team in basketball.