23 for 23: Heat Streak By The Numbers
By Brian Martin
As the Miami Heat continue to chase history with their winning streak at 23 games and counting -- they will look to extend it to 24 on Wednesday in Cleveland -- let's take a look behind the numbers of the streak with 23 stats for 23 wins.
Note: All stats are reflective of games played through Mar. 19.
2: The Heat's 23-game streak is second longest streak in NBA history, trailing only the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers, who won 33 straight games.
3: The Heat have picked up three of their 23 wins against the Philadelphia 76ers, who played the Heat three times in 19 days. If the Heat are able to extend the streak and attempt to tie the Lakers' mark of 33, it will come against Philadelphia on April 6.
47: Miami's last lost came 47 days ago (Feb. 2 -- Mar. 20), when the Pacers defeated the Heat 102-89 on Feb. 1.
+11.2: Miami is averaging 105.4 points per game, while allowing 94.2, for an average differential of 11.2 points during the streak The advanced metrics are even more impressive as the Heat have a 113.0 offensive rating and a 99.9 defensive rating, for a net rating of +13.0.
51.0%: The Heat as a team are shooting 51.0 percent from the field during the streak, including 38.7 percent from three-point range and 77.2% from the free throw line. Their effective field goal percentage (accounting for twos and threes) is 55.9, while their true shooting percentage (accounting for twos, threes and free throws) is 59.7.
129.7: A key to the Heat's streak has been their play in clutch situations, defined as the last five minutes, ahead or behind by five points. In those situations, the Heat's offensive rating climbs to 129.7, and their defensive rating is a stifling 80.7.
15: During the streak, the Heat have 15 wins over Eastern Conference teams and eight against Western Conference teams.
12: A dozen of the Heat's of wins during the streak that came at home, improving their home record to 30-3 on the year at American Airlines Arena. The 30-3 (.909) mark matches the home record for the Denver Nuggets, who are currently on a 13-game win streak of their own.
11: The Heat have won 11 straight on the road during the winning streak. Prior to the streak beginning, the Heat were 11-11 outside of South Beach and have now improved the mark to a league-best 22-11 (.667). The Spurs have the next best road record at 23-12 (.657).
4: The Heat have four players averaging double figure scoring during the streak, led by LeBron James (26.9) and Dwyane Wade (23.5) as the only players above 20 points per game. Chris Bosh has averaged 16.6 points during the streak, followed by Ray Allen (10.3) and Mario Chalmers (9.5).
11: The Heat have defeated 11 playoff teams (in 12 total games since they played Atlanta twice) during the win streak, including wins over New York, Indiana and Chicago -- none of which the Heat had beaten prior to the streak in five games.
1: Heat coach Erik Spoelstra was just one year old (age 42, born on Nov. 1, 1970) during the Lakers' 1971-72 streak, which included Spoelstra's boss Pat Riley as a bench player. None of the Heat players were alive during the Lakers streak, with Juwan Howard coming closest (age 40, born Feb. 7, 1973).
.475: Miami's opponents during the streak have had a winning percentage of .475 -- calculated by opponent record on the day of each game vs. the Heat. Surprisingly, some of the Heat's closest games have come against teams with losing records, including a double-overtime thriller against Sacramento (19-39). Prior to Monday's two-point win over Boston, the Heat had four games in the streak decided by five points or less, with all of those games coming against sub-.500 teams (Charlotte, Cleveland, Orlando and Philadelphia) and three coming at home. During the streak, the Heat have played 10 games against plus-.500 teams, 12 games against sub-.500 teams and one game against a .500 team.
.399: With the Heat 10 wins away from matching the Lakers' record, their next 10 opponents have a winning percentage of .399 (267-403) -- as of Mar. 20. Their next four games come against the bottom four teams in the East (Cleveland, Detroit, Charlotte and Orlando), which have a combined winning percentage of .288 (78-193).
176: LeBron James has a team-best 176 assists during the streak -- tied with Brandon Jennings and trailing only Greivis Vasquez (186) and Ricky Rubio (185) since the streak began. James is averaging 7.7 assists per game during this stretch, which places him tied for 11th overall and first among forwards in the league.
+259: The Heat have a +259 raw plus/minus during the winning streak. On an individual level, Dwyane Wade leads all Heat players with +297, followed by LeBron James at +282, Chris Bosh at +242 and Mario Chalmers at +240.
6: Six of the Heat's wins during the streak have come on the second night of a back-to-back, while 15 others came with one day of rest between games, one came with two days off and one came with five days off between games. The Heat's next back-to-back comes in less than a week as they face Charlotte at home on Sunday, followed by a road game in Orlando on Monday. If the Heat are able to tie the Lakers' 33-game streak, it would come on the second night of a back-to-back, when they host the Philadelphia 76ers on April 6.
620: The Heat have taken 620 shots inside the restricted area during the streak, making 429 of them (69.2 percent). The Heat trail only the Nuggets (883) and Pistons (710) in attempts inside the restricted area. However, their success rate tops all teams, with Atlanta second at 67.4 percent on 101 fewer attempts.
17.9%: Miami's turnover ratio is 14.2% during the streak, which is tied for the seventh best mark in the league. However, their opponents turnover ratio is 17.9%, which is tops in the league.
55.9%: Miami's effective field goal percentage is a league-best 55.9 percent during the streak, just edging out Houston at 55.6 percent. Their opponent eFG% of 49.4 percent is tied for 10th in the league. However, the differential between the Heat's eFG and their opponents' eFG is +6.5%, second only to OKC (+7.1%) during the streak.
16: The Heat rank 16th in percent of points from 2-point shots (60.8%), 15th in percent of points from 3-point shots (21.9%), and 13th in percent of points from free throws (17.3%), showing their balanced scoring attack during the streak.
+12.4: The Heat's most used lineup of Bosh, Chalmers, Haslem, James and Wade has a net rating of +12.4 in 294 minutes played. The less often used lineup of Battier, Bosh, Chalmers, James and Wade has a Net Rating of +54.1 in 76 minutes together in 15 games during the streak.