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100 Days of Hoops: Day 27, On Fire

Remember Miami LeBron? Remember when he found himself after losing in the 2011 NBA Finals?

Remember when the Heat were the Warriors of the time? Have you noticed how many things have changed since then?

We’ve noticed. But we’ll never forget that time.

You don’t just win 27 games in a row on 52 days by accident. About a week ago, our 100 Days of Hoops project looked at the NBA’s longest winning streak of all-time, the Heat’s 27-game winning streak remains the second-longest winning streak in NBA history.  The Streak solidified the Heat as the Heatles featuring four hall-of-famers, three of which in their primes.

Sometimes they coasted, other times they dominated, sometimes they’d keep it close just for fun, other times they looked for blood to get the job done early.

Those Heat teams were known for their team-bonding experiences, it all began on Super Bowl Sunday.  Another one of those team-bonding moments when the team gathered to watch the Ravens-49ers in Super Bowl XLVII. Shane Battier gave an impromptu speech during the game.  No one besides the Heat knows what he said, but the team credits him for beginning this run.

Let it be known that Battier is no stranger to winning streaks.  At Duke, he contributed to a 32-game winning streak.  He was also on the Rockets team that won 22 in a row in the 2007-08 season.

When the Heat was at 27 wins in a row on March 27th, the Chicago Bulls spoiled their run.  The 1972 Lakers can thank Luol Deng, Carlos Boozer and Jimmy Butler for that one.

Check out the Miami Heat highlights during the 27-game winning streak in slow-motion.

And we all know how that season ended.

The 2012-13 Miami Heat are a team for the ages featuring buzzing personalities, hall-of-famers throwing alley-oops to hall-of-famers nightly and they gave us an epic Finals series against the Spurs.  No question, this group is one of the best of the 2010s.

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