Ranking Biggest Threats to Miami Heat's Winning Streak

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Ranking Biggest Threats to Miami Heat's Winning Streak
Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
Erik Spoelstra has his team pointed to No. 21.

As the wins keep coming, so do the questions and not just from the media.

After the Miami Heat won their 20th straight game, Wednesday night in Philadelphia against the 76ers, players were asking each other to recall winning streaks that went longer.

With the exception of Shane Battier, who won 22 straight with the Rockets in 2007-08—and said he would "welcome my teammates to the 20-win club" once they got on the plane—no one on the Heat roster has experienced anything quite this on the professional level.

In college, sure.

In high school, sure.

Ray Allen got to 19 with the Celtics.

But not 20.

There is someone in the Heat organization, however, who has been part of a streak that dwarfed this one.

Pat Riley, the team president, was a rotation player for the 1971-72 Lakers when they won 33 straight.

Have Riley and coach Erik Spoelstra discussed that?

"Pat and I talk every day, literally every day, most times multiple times in a day, and we've never talked about the streak," Spoelstra said. "That's where our mindset is." 

One game at a time, as they say.

And eventually, the streak will end.

But when? 

(All quotes for this piece were collected over the course of the author's coverage of the Miami Heat for the Palm Beach Post. All statistics were accurate as of Friday morning.)

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