Miami's Winning Streak by the Numbers
The number of consecutive games the Heat have won now stands at 22. Those 22 wins tie the streak that the Houston Rockets put together in 2007-08. Miami and Houston own the second-longest win streaks in the history of the NBA, behind only 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers, who won 33 straight games. The Heat’s streak began all the way back on Feb. 3.
It’s safe to say that Shane Battier is locked in from 3-point range. The man has made more 3s than he has missed during Miami’s streak. Battier has made 49 of his 92 3-point attempts during the streak for an incredible shooting percentage of 53.3 percent. That clip is better than his 2-point percentage (52.9 percent) over the same time span.
You’ve probably heard by now about how efficiently LeBron James is scoring the basketball lately. Well, he has shot 57.2 percent from the field during this stretch. Battier isn’t far behind that mark from behind the 3-point arc! His 53.3 percent rate is nearly 10 percent more than Steve Kerr’s career 3-point percentage of 45.4 percent, which is the best of all time.
Boston has lost six games since Miami’s streak began on Feb. 3. The C’s are 13-6 since that date, including seven wins against teams that are currently on pace to make the NBA Playoffs.
The Heat are shooting a blistering 51.1 percent from the field during their current winning streak. To give you an idea of how great that shooting percentage is, there is no team in the league this season other than Miami that has made more than 48.8 percent of its shots. Miami is far and away the most efficient scoring team in the league.
During this winning streak, Miami has attempted 87 less free throws during its 10 road games than it has during its 12 home games. Here’s how the numbers shake out: The Heat have attempted 305 free throws during their 12 home games for an average of 25.4 per game. They have attempted 218 free throws during their 10 road games for an average of 21.8 per game. That is an incredible 14.2 percent disparity between home and road splits.
On average, James has been whistled for a personal foul only once out of every 26.5 minutes of playing time during the Heat’s last 22 games. That’s 31 total fouls in 821 minutes of play. This should give you an idea of how crazy that number is: Boston’s two small forwards, Paul Pierce and Jeff Green, have picked up a foul every 11.9 and 13.5 minutes of playing time, respectively, over the same time span.