History was not in favor of the Miami Heat as they tried to go for their 23rd consecutive win Monday night against the Boston Celtics. It had been sometime since the Heat had won in Boston (10 games I believe).
In the beginning it certainly looked like fortune was going to smile on the Celtics. Miami got out to an early 19-15 lead in the first quarter, but a 16-0 run by the Boston put the Celtics in charge after one period 31-19.
The lead remained in double digits for much of the second period largely due to an epic half by Jeff Green who put the heat in en fuego with 22 points in just the first 15 minutes of play.
Miami hasn't won 22 in row by laying down of course. The Heat went on a 12-4 to close the half and the Boston lead to just six, 59-53. They continued pushing the Celtics in the second half, taking a brief lead a couple times in the third period, but were still down by four, 82-78, heading into the fourth.
With a 13-point lead and just over eight minutes to go it appeared as if the same team to stop the Houston Rockets streak back in the 2007-08 season was going to put an end to the Heat's winning ways. That is until the Heat went on an 18-4 run to take a 101-100 lead with 2:40 on the clock.
If there is a team that knows how to close out a game better than the Miami Heat--well, that would be news to me. LeBron's layup with 10 tics on the clock gave the Heat a 105-103 lead. It was Dwayne Wade's rebound after Paul Pierce missed a jumper that sealed the win.
Looking ahead the schedule id favorable for the Heat to keep winning. Chicago is the only playoff bound team in their next six opponents, but without Derrick Rose the Bulls are not serious competition for the Heat.
Their next real challenge will not come until the end of the month when they take on the San Antonio Spurs in San Antonio.
Till then sports fans--the Miami Heat are still streaking.