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Sunday, December 19, 2010
Heat is an understatement, Miami is Hot

By ESPN Stats & Info

The Miami Heat extended its winning streak with a one-point win over the Washington Wizards. The 12 straight wins are tied for the second-longest streak in franchise history and are two games shy of the record held by the 2004-05 team.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Heat are only the third team over the last 20 seasons to extend a winning streak of at least 11 games with a one-point victory. The Houston Rockets extended a winning streak to 14 games with a 94-93 win over the Orlando Magic on March 16, 1993; and the Boston Celtics beat the Philadelphia 76ers 100-99 on February 3, 2009 to extend a winning streak to 12 games.

Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh combined for 72 of the Heat's 95 points and over the last two games have combined for 156 of the Heat’s past 208 points (75.0 pct). After Saturday’s game, Miami’s “Big Three” is within striking distance of becoming the league's best three-man combination, a position currently held by the “Big Three” of the Celtics.

Elsewhere in the NBA, the Denver Nuggets handed the Minnesota Timberwolves their fifth straight loss. The lone bright spot for Minnesota was Kevin Love who scored a career-high 43 points while also grabbing 17 rebounds. Love became the third player in Timberwolves history to have 40 points and 15 rebounds in a single game (the other two were Al Jefferson in 2008 and Kevin Garnett in 2005).

Love has recorded 14 straight double-doubles and his total of 23 this season lead the NBA. Oh by the way, Love has an NBA-high 18 games of 15 or more rebounds; second on that list is Blake Griffin with nine.

More from the Saturday that was in the NBA:

• Two trades by the Magic

• Two OT games (Cavs-Knicks; Spurs-Grizzlies)

• Two players with 10 offensive rebounds; both also finished with 20-20 games (Dwight Howard, Zach Randolph)

• Two consecutive road wins for the Clippers (previously 0-11 on the road)

• Two teams with fewer than 90 points (Magic, 89; Bucks, 86)

• Four games decided by one possession (Heat-Wizards, Clippers-Bulls, Nuggets-Timberwolves, Trail Blazers-Nuggets)