- Tom Haberstroh, ESPN Staff Writer
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MIAMI -- Sixteen wins in a row.
But Shane Battier? He's been here before.
"This is nothing," Battier said with a laugh after Miami's win Wednesday. "I've won 22 in a row so this hasn't impressed me yet."
The Houston Rockets, as Battier was quick to remind surrounding reporters after the Heat nipped the Orlando Magic 97-96, rambled off 22 consecutive wins in 2007-08 when he played there. It's the longest such streak in the league since the NBA/ABA merger in 1976.
"Like (former Miami Dolphins running back) Mercury Morris said, 'Don't call me when you're on my block. Call me when you're on my front porch,' " Battier said, before admitting:
"I've been waiting for a year and a half to use that line."
Battier never thought he'd come close to winning 22 consecutive games again, even on this star-studded Heat squad. As Battier contends, winning one game in the NBA is hard enough. But the Heat currently own the fourth-longest winning streak in a decade, which also is the longest such streak in Heat franchise history.
The question on everyone's mind: When will this streak end?