As time has passed, and wins have piled up, LeBron James has become less reluctant to admit the obvious.
Let’s be honest, guys. We’re not sitting here and saying this is not something special. This is an unbelievable streak. We’re playing great basketball. We’re winning in different phases of the game. We’re playing different styles. We’ve won every game, on the road, at home, double-overtime games, end-of-regulation games, whatever the case may be, we’ve been able to pull games out.
They have done so with their coach, Erik Spoelstra, continuing to pull out a number of lineups to fit specific situations. While Spoelstra has established a bit more consistency since the integration of Chris Andersen as a full-fledged, permanent rotation figure, he still can turn to one of the most versatile rosters in the NBA if he chooses to tinker.
So what lineups have worked best?
For that information, we turned to the new NBA.com stats site, set a cutoff at 63 minutes—or one minute for every game that the Heat had played through their 20th straight win, Wednesday in Philadelphia.
A dozen different lineups fit that description, with four different lineups getting at least 100 minutes of time together. One of them was the current starting lineup, with James joined by Chris Bosh, Udonis Haslem, Dwyane Wade and Mario Chalmers.
But that lineup, while playing more than twice as many minutes (601) as any other, actually ranked sixth of 12 based on the chosen statistic, net efficiency rating per 100 possessions.
What follows are the first five.