Miami Heat: Win Against Indiana Pacers Ties Historic Road and Team Records

Chris Herbert@@BigCRIT_Contributor IIIFebruary 15, 2012

Tuesday night’s game against the Indiana Pacers was a prime example of how dangerous this Miami Heat team is.

In fact, in the last three games, the Heat have been very dominant as a team—they did something no team has done in the past 33 years.

A bit of history: The Miami Heat is also the first team since the 1970-71 Milwaukee Bucks to win back-to-back-to-back road games by double digits. At 23-7 overall, the Heat have also tied the franchise record for best start.

Upon finishing their three-consecutive game road trip against Indiana, the Miami Heat routed the sixth-seed Indiana Pacers, 105-90. The game was never in reach as the Heat scored 68 in the first half and shot over 60 percent from the field.

With the three-game road trip over, not only is Miami dominating game after game—they are also doing it on the road. Tuesday night’s win over the Pacers was be the first time since 1979 where a team won three consecutive road games three nights in a row.

The key reasoning for the Heat’s impressive road success is the MVP play from forward LeBron James. Apart from his usual efficiency as a star player, his post game has allowed the team to play in their natural roles. James has led his team with 23 points, seven boards and nine assists.

Another reason the Heat have done so well in on their three-game road trip is their suffocating defense. Last year, Miami was already one of the better defenses in the league, but now they have added veteran forward Shane Battier to the Big Three. The Defense is constantly rotating with two people on the ball-carrier. Miami forced 17 turnovers with 11 in the first half and followed up with 17 fast-break points.

While many fans and critics may downplay the Heat’s regular-season success this season, the Heat are miles beyond the team they were last year, and they continue to excel as a team. With improved team chemistry from Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, LeBron James and an improved roster, the Miami Heat are now the hottest team in the NBA.