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Paul Pierce and the Nets look to end a 13-game losing streak to LeBron and the Heat.Tonight on ESPN (8 ET), the Miami Heat visit the Brooklyn Nets. The Heat are coming off a loss, but have a couple trends in their favor.
Most Consecutive Wins
vs Single Opponent Active Streaks
Miami has won 13 straight following a loss dating back to last season (including playoffs), and have also won 13 straight against the Nets, tied for the third-longest active win streak for one team over another.
What are some of the other topics our broadcast crew will be talking about?
Pursuit of a 3-Peat
The Heat will try to become the first team to win three straight NBA titles since the Lakers did so from 2000 to 2002.
He’s trying to join Kareem-Abdul-Jabaar (6), Michael Jordan (5) and Russell (5) as the only players to win three MVPs.
He’s also seeking to become the first player in NBA history to win five MVP awards in a six-season span.
And he can become only the second player in NBA history to win both the regular-season MVP and an NBA championship in three straight seasons, joining Russell.
Heat own the old Nets
The Heat have won 13 straight games vs the Nets. The Nets last win in the series came on March 20, 2009.
Heat vs Nets In Big 3 Era
Since Start of 2010-11 Season
Miami is 9-0 against the Nets in the Big 3 era (since 2010-11), winning those games by an average margin of 17.3 points and outscoring them in the paint, 44.9 to 35.1. However, those Nets teams did not have Kevin Garnett or Paul Pierce.
What do Pierce and Garnett have left?
Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett were traded to Brooklyn after spending six seasons together in Boston. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, they are the first duo in NBA history to play on two different teams together while having each been selected to at least 10 All-Star games in their career.