Heat Survive 76ers 98-94, win 20th consecutive game

Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The Heat had a double digit lead, but allowed the 76ers to take a late lead before extending their win streak to 20 games.

The Heat became only the fourth team in NBA history to have a 20 game win streak in a single regular season with their 98-94 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday.

It wasn't easy though. The Heat have handled the Sixers over the past three seasons, only losing one game to them including a 5 game playoff series. But, after a back-to-back on the road, Miami didn't walk through this game like they have some wins during this steak. The 76ers played Miami tight during the first quarter, and despite a strong period by LeBron, the Sixers led after the first.

The second quarter was a strong push by Miami's second unit led by Dwyane Wade. With Chris Andersen and Ray Allen chipping in, the Heat were able to get a sizable lead in the second quarter. They led at half-time by 12, and it seemed this one would be just another win, but the Sixers wouldn't go away. They gave a great effort.

Energized by Evan Turner (15 points and 5 assists) and Thaddeous Young (24 points and 15 rebounds), the Sixers outscored Miami in the third quarter 27-20. But the Heat still held the lead heading into the fourth. And again, behind Wade and Bosh, Miami pushed a double digit lead in the fourth before Philadelphia went on a 15-2 run to give them a late lead. They had the crowd behind them and it seemed the Heat may just fold.

But Wade, James and Ray Allen were not about to let this win streak end in Philadelphia. They fought hard, rebounded and came up big on defense to close out the game. James closed the game with some free throws, and Wade had a huge tip in to keep the Heat ahead, but it all started with Allen hitting another clutch three-pointer. When it was all said and done, they won the game 98-94. Wade finished with 21 points and 8 rebounds, while LeBron led the way with 27 points, 8 assists, and 7 rebounds.

James said after the game, "It was a tough game for us, but we played through it. We did just enough at the end and got just enough stops to get it done."

The Heat extended their win streak to 20 games, only the fourth team in NBA history to do so. They'll go for their 21st straight victory Friday night in Milwaukee.

Notes
- Dwyane Wade ended his streak of 23 consecutive games with a steal. He had 5 steals in each of the previous two games.
- LeBron James shot under 50% for the second consecutive game.

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