Saturday, March 5, 2011
Heat find Spurs a thorn in their side
By ESPN Stats & Info
One day after blowing a 24-point lead in a loss to the Orlando Magic, the Miami Heat were again embarrassed, this time in San Antonio. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and company lost 125-95 to the Spurs on Friday. It's the Heat's worst loss of the season and the second-most points they've allowed. The Spurs set a franchise record with 17 3-pointers en route to their 22nd straight home win.
Miami falls to 1-8 this season against the Bulls, Celtics, Lakers, Mavericks and Spurs. That one win came against the Lakers on Christmas Day, but there have been no presents since then against the league's top teams and the schedule doesn't get easier. The Heat play their next eight games against teams currently above .500.
The Heat entered the game with a 43-18 record. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it's the first time in almost two years that a team that many games over .500 lost a game by 30 or more points. Cleveland beat the Celtics by 31 points on April 12, 2009. Boston entered the game with a 60-19 record.
Meanwhile, the Cleveland Cavaliers continue to have the New York Knicks' number this season, after their 119-115 win on Friday. Cleveland is now 3-0 vs New York (2-0 with Carmelo Anthony), but 9-49 vs the rest of the league. With their win, the Cavaliers also snapped a 26-game road losing streak and are now 4-4 since they lost 26 straight from December 20th to February 9th.
In Philadelphia, Kevin Love scored 21 points and grabbed 23 rebounds and Andre Iguodala recorded his second triple-double of the season in the 76ers' win over Minnesota. The Elias Sports Bureau tells us the last time that one player had a 20-point, 20-rebound game and an opponent recorded a triple-double was January 16, 2009. Dwight Howard went for 20-20 and Kobe Bryant recorded the triple-double.
It was Love's 49th straight double-double, two shy of Moses Malone's NBA record for a single season since the NBA merger.
It’s the second time this season that Love has had back-to-back 20-20 games; he also did it in November. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last NBA player to have more than one such streak in the same season was Atlanta’s Kevin Willis in 1991-92. Willis had three streaks of back-to-back 20-20 games that season.