Heat win 21st straight, beat Bucks 107-94

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 16, 2013 at 2:36 am •  Published: March 16, 2013
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MILWAUKEE (AP) — Whether this winning streak for the Miami Heat ends with the NBA record or not, Chris Bosh is certain of one thing.

He won't look back with any regrets.

"You have to enjoy it," Bosh said Friday after Heat beat Milwaukee for their 21st straight win. "We don't want to be in a position where we're not and then we look back and say, 'I wish we would have done this. I wish we would have done that.' We're having a blast together, which is most important.

"To put some wins together, to have a chance at winning an NBA title and defending an NBA title is very special."

LeBron James and Chris Bosh each scored 28 points, and Miami kept its win streak going, beating the Bucks 107-94.

Only three other teams have won 20 in a row in one season, and the Heat now trail just the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers (33) and the 2007-08 Houston Rockets (22) after moving ahead of the 1970-71 Bucks.

The Heat haven't lost since they fell at Indiana on Feb. 1, and they return Sunday to Toronto, the place where this streak started two days later — back when they were a mediocre road team barely on top of the Eastern Conference standings.

"I think the biggest thing for our team was watching the Super Bowl and getting away from basketball in a sense and just enjoying each other," Dwyane Wade said. "We got the famous speech from Shane Battier and we've been rolling ever since."

What did Battier say?

"You had to be there," Bosh said. "It was after watching the Super Bowl. It was a good game, we had a great time. I guess the main focus was that you're going to miss me when I'm gone."

Bosh laughed.

"It was not so much about him," he continued. "He tied in everything. He tied in life to the Super Bowl. It was just everything. It was a good time."

It's been nothing but good times for the Heat ever since, although there was a scary moment for them in this game.

That was when Wade walked to the locker room with what the team said was a neck strain after crashing to the court in the early going. The Heat overcame that and led by as much as 17 in the third quarter, then withstood a push by the Bucks to keep the streak going.

Bosh hit from all angles and was 12 of 16 in the game, nailing two 3-pointers. He even converted a four-point play that made it 67-53 about five minutes into the third quarter.

James was his usual dominant self, and Wade finished with 20 points as the Heat avenged a loss at Milwaukee in late December. There's a chance these two teams could meet in the first round of the playoffs, and Milwaukee's Brandon Jennings basically said bring it on.



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