"I had just settled for two threes before that," James said afterward. "So there was no way I was going to shoot another jumper on that play."


Do things end differently if Harkless was still in the game to guard James, instead of DeQuan Jones? If Vucevic is clogging the paint instead of Harrington? Dwyane Wade knows what's up:

"You cannot win that many games in a row without winning some games that you shouldn't win," Wade said. "You've just got to get lucky and you've got to get some breaks."


Truth, but you also have to be damned good. The Heat haven't just stumbled their way into a 16-game win streak, nearly halfway to the all-time NBA record of 33, set by the '71-'72 Lakers led by Jerry West, Wilt Chamberlain, and Gail Goodrich. Not a bad big three, those. But could they have done something this pretty on a 3-on-1 break? Poor Arron Afflalo:

On Friday, Miami hosts the woeful Sixers. On Sunday they get the Pacers, who have beaten them twice already this season.