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Before the streak started, if you'd had to guess which game on the schedule would pose a potential problem for the Heat, you would have had plenty of viable choices.
Maybe the L.A. Lakers or L.A. Clippers would give Miami trouble on a back-to-back road set on Feb. 8 and 10. Or perhaps a visit to Madison Square Garden on March 3 would trip the Heat up.
Even those games against the Thunder and Pacers that we already mentioned would have been good choices.
But nobody would have ever suspected that the Orlando Magic would come closer to stopping Miami's streak than anyone else has.
On March 6, the Heat narrowly escaped against the Magic, thanks to a LeBron James game-winning layup with 3.2 seconds left. There were some "favorable" Miami calls down the stretch and an almost certainly illegal number of steps taken by James on his game-winning drive, but everything turned out well for the Heat.
By definition, the game that comes closest to ending the streak has to be No. 1, right?
The Magic will get another crack at the Heat on March 25 in Orlando, but by that point the stakes could be even higher. With just two of Miami's next six opponents featuring records better than .500, the Heat could be winners of 26 straight when they next meet the Magic.