All good things must come to an end, and the Miami Heat's blistering 27-game winning streak was no exception.
After posting almost two months of blemish-free basketball, the Heat finally came back to earth after a 101-97 loss to the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night. With no shortage of superlatives to describe that torrid stretch, Miami's 27-game run can perhaps be best summed up in one word: dominant.
During their run, the Heat bullied their opponents to the tune of an average margin of victory of 11.9 points. If they were among the championship contenders before the wins began piling up, they stood alone as championship favorites by the time it was finished.
Prolonged success like this is obviously a measure of the team's overall performance. Still, there were some individual players that managed to rise above the rest.
LeBron James wrapped up the MVP voting process with his trademark versatility impacting each one of those wins in a different way. Dwyane Wade continued serving crow to the detractors that praised him one minute for giving James the key to the franchise, then later called the move a sure sign that the 31-year-old's best days were behind him.
While this spurt has pushed the Heat clear of their contemporaries, where does it stand in comparison to the best winning streaks the league has ever seen?