Miami Heat Win Ninth Straight Game: 5 Key Games Between Now and New Year's

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Miami Heat Win Ninth Straight Game: 5 Key Games Between Now and New Year's
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LeBron James can let his breath out now: The Miami Heat are on a roll. After struggling briefly to find cohesion and rhythm under the heat of the national spotlight, James and Dwyane Wade have become unstoppable over the past two weeks. The team now stands at 18-8 and are exactly where everyone ought to have expected to find them after a third of the season: in first place in the Southeast Division.

The Heat have beaten good teams and bad during this streak, but they now face a stretch of key tests of their long-term mettle for playoff matchups and even two potential NBA Finals previews. Read on for the five biggest games between now and the end of the year for the Heat.

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