(PHILADELPHIA) — The Miami Heat blew a 10-point fourth quarter lead, and had to fight to come out on top of the Philadelphia 76ers 98-94 Wednesday, giving Miami its 20th consecutive victory.
The 76ers, who had lost 12 of its previous 14, came to play. Philadelphia trailed by 10 with 9:43 left in the game, but a Jrue Holiday three with 5:31 left in the game gave the 76ers their first lead since the second quarter.
It was a back-and-forth affair from there, but ultimately the Heat wouldn’t be stopped.
“We knew it was going to be a tough one,” Miami forward Chris Bosh said. “It’s part of the NBA…part of the lifestyle of what we do. We got in late, less than 24 hour turnaround and your expected to play and win. We wanted to hold ourselves to our standards and get this win.”
LeBron James led the Heat with 27 points and Dwyane Wade chipped in 21, Wade’s 11th straight game with 20 or more points.
The Heat becomes only the fourth team in NBA history to have won 20 straight games in the same season. And Miami will look to continue its streak Friday, when it heads to Miwaukee to take on the Bucks.
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Lois M. Collins, Deseret News