The Miami Heat defeated the San Antonio Spurs by a score of 98-96 in Sunday night's Game 2 of the NBA Finals, marking Miami's NBA-record 16th consecutive playoff series with at least one triumph as the visitors, per the Elias Sports Bureau (via ESPN Stats & Info).
Starting with the signing of LeBron James and Chris Bosh prior to the 2010-11 campaign, the Heat have played in the maximum of 16 playoff series, serving as the Eastern Conference representative in the Finals for each of the last four seasons. Miami has won at least one road game in every series played during the Big Three era while emerging victorious from every matchup besides a 2011 Finals loss to the Dallas Mavericks.
Adding to the Heat's impressive run of road success is their continued resilience following a loss. Per ESPN Stats & Info, Miami has won 13 consecutive games following a playoff game loss, dating back to the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals versus the Boston Celtics. They've thus put together a string of 47 straight playoff games without losing two in a row.
The 47-game streak without enduring consecutive losses in the playoffs is the third-longest in NBA history, exceeded only by the Chicago Bulls' 52-game run from 1990-1993 and the Boston Celtics' 54-game streak from 1962-1966.
Miami's Big Three are now 6-0 in Game 2s in the aftermath of a Game 1 loss. They won all five of the previous matchups in which they won Game 2 after dropping Game 1, including this year's Eastern Conference Finals against the Indiana Pacers.
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