LeBron James says there’s no shame in his Heat falling short of a record.
“It’s one of the best that this league has ever seen,” James said, referring to the streak that began on Super Bowl Sunday, 3 February. “We recognized that and rightfully so.”
Miami had their 27-game winning streak snapped last week by the Chicago Bulls, 101-97. The Heat finished six shy of the 33-game record held by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers.
The Heat hadn’t lost since the Pacers beat them in Indianapolis on 1 February. But after grinding out some close wins lately, including a rally from 27 down in Cleveland, no one counted them out until the final buzzer.
For the better part of two months, they were the NBA’s comeback kings. They erased seven double-digit deficits during the streak. They found themselves trailing in the fourth quarter 11 times, and won them all.
LeBron states it all has not sunk in yet.
“We haven’t had a chance to really have a moment to know what we just did. We had a moment, just very fortunate, very humbling and blessed to be part of this team and be part of a streak like that.”