History is being made every game now by the Miami Heat, who will be looking to extend the franchise's longest winning streak to 20 games when they visit the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday.
The Heat will be trying to become the fourth team in history to notch 20 straight victories in a single regular season. The 76ers are hoping to avoid being three-time contributors to the streak. Miami won at Philadelphia on Feb. 23 and grabbed a home win on Friday.The 76ers have fallen far off the pace in the Eastern Conference but did snap their latest slide at five games with a 106-97 home win over the Brooklyn Nets on Monday. That marked the third time since Jan. 28 that Philadelphia had reached the century mark. The Heat have been getting just as much from Dwyane Wade as they have from LeBron James during the streak and have held opponents to an average of 89.4 points in seven games this month.TV: 7 p.m. ET, Sun Sports (Miami), Comcast SportsNet PhiladelphiaABOUT THE HEAT (48-14): Miami has already clinched a playoff spot and has a 9 1/2-game lead on the New York Knicks and Indiana Pacers for the top spot in the East. The Heat have not lost a home game since Jan. 4 and are 30-3 in their own building. But Wednesday will mark the start of a five-game road trip that will take the team through a pair of playoff teams in Boston and Milwaukee along with Toronto and Cleveland after Philadelphia. The Atlanta Hawks, another playoff contender in the East, were supposed to put up a challenge to the streak on Tuesday but never really made it interesting. Miami coasted to a 98-81 win behind 23 points from Wade, who has scored 20 or more points on 50 percent or better shooting in each of the last 10 games. That streak began with 33 points on 14-of-18 shooting in a 114-90 triumph at Philadelphia on Feb. 23 and reached eight games with 22 on 9-of-16 in a 102-93 home triumph over the 76ers on Friday.ABOUT THE 76ERS (24-39): Philadelphia has lost 12 of its last 14 games and will have to play 12 of its final 16 games on the road after wrapping up their four-game homestand. That home swing began in strong fashion on Monday, when Spencer Hawes went for 24 points in the win over the Nets. Hawes has reached double figures in five of the last six to join Jrue Holiday as a consistent offensive threat for the 76ers. Holiday pulled out of a shooting funk with 15 points on 4-of-8 from the floor in Monday's win. The All-Star point guard went for 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting in the first meeting with Miami but was held to nine on 3-of-11 in Friday's rematch.BUZZER BEATERS1. The Heat have won seven straight in the series, including three in a row at Philadelphia.2. James has averaged 27.6 points, 6.9 rebounds and seven assists in 31 career games against the 76ers.3. Miami is attempting to tie the 1970-71 Milwaukee Bucks for the third-longest single-season streak at 20 games.PREDICTION: Heat 99, 76ers 89