Game-by-Game Breakdown of Miami Heat's Odds to Top Lakers' 33-Game Win Streak

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Game-by-Game Breakdown of Miami Heat's Odds to Top Lakers' 33-Game Win Streak

The Boston Celtics pushed the Miami Heat for everything they had, but even a career-high 43 points from Jeff Green couldn't keep the Celtics from being anything more than victim No. 23.

With Kevin Garnett forced into a spectator's role (via Gary Dzen of the Boston Globe), the Celtics fell just short in their bid to stop the streak.

LeBron James led the Heat with 37 points, none more important than his game-winning jumper with 10 seconds left in regulation. In typical MVP fashion, he padded his stat line with a game-high 12 assists and tied for the team lead with seven rebounds.

Dwyane Wade added 16 points, seven rebounds and six assists, five of which came in the fourth quarter. Mario Chalmers poured in 21 points—the fourth time he's dropped at least 20 in a game this season.

On the defensive side of the ball, four different Heat players chipped in with game-saving plays. Chris Bosh and Chalmers both swatted away layup attempts in the game's final minute. Shane Battier made the defensive play of the year, stripping Jeff Green's layup attempt out of bounds with eight seconds remaining in a two-point game.

And then there was James, who fought through a Jason Terry screen to contest what would have been a game-winning three from Paul Pierce in the game's final second.

It was a back-and-forth battle throughout the night, as the Heat dug themselves in a 17-point hole with Wade plagued by foul trouble in the early going.

Still, it was the same outcome as it has been for the better part of the past two months: 23 games and 23 wins to show for them. With 10 victories standing between the Heat and the record books—the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers won a league-best 33 consecutive games—just how close is Miami to making history?

Bill Sharman, head coach of those record-setting Lakers, said it is "certainly a possibility" that the Heat can break his team's record (according to Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports Florida).

Just how much of a possibility? Well, I'm glad you asked.

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