MIAMI — The Heat’s current 21-5 run has been both amazing and unexpected.
Not only is Miami tied with San Antonio for the NBA’s best record during this stretch, but it all began on Jan. 17 when the Heat owned the NBA’s second-worst record at 11-30. Miami now finds itself only a half-game out of the playoffs at 32-35 entering Wednesday’s home game against the Pelicans.
But how does this season’s winning stretch compare to the Heat’s breathtaking 27-game win streak from the 2012-13 season during the Big Three era?
As you probably expect, Miami played better during the 27-game win streak (the third-longest win streak in NBA history). Here are the numbers to prove it …
The advanced stats from the Heat’s current 21-5 run
The advanced stats from the Heat’s 27-game win streak
The Heat were better across the board — offensive rating (points scored per 100 possessions), defensive rating (points allowed per 100 possessions) and net rating (OR-DR) — during their historic win streak with LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade.
But this season’s Heat team is winning with a more balanced attack. Six players (Goran Dragic, Dion Waiters, Hassan Whiteside, Tyler Johnson, James Johnson, Wayne Ellington) are averaging double-digit points during Miami’s current 26-game stretch.
During the Heat’s 27-game win streak, four players (LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Ray Allen) averaged double-digit points.
Full team/player stats from the Heat’s current 21-5 run
Full team/player stats from Heat’s 27-game win streak
Considering the Heat lost each member of the Big Three for nothing, it’s pretty incredible they have put together a stretch of basketball just a few seasons later that can even be compared to that memorable 27-game streak. Throw in the fact that the Heat have played nine former D-League players while depending on undrafted rookie Rodney McGruder to start at small forward for most of the season, this stretch of basketball is special for reasons beyond statistics.