The Heat continued to climb the ladder on the list of the NBA’s all-time best winning streaks with Wednesday’s victory.
Miami tied seven other teams that have strung 16 victories together, including three that went on to win the championship (1964-65 Celtics, 1970-71 Bucks and 1999-2000 Lakers).
But the Heat still has a long way to go to get even near the NBA record of 33 in a row set by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers.
“It’s not really in the back of my head or anything like what number we’d like to hit,” LeBron James said. “If it hit a league record, I mean that’s crazy if we did at some point. We don’t want to lose, but we’re going to play each and every game and not worry about it.”
Among some of the notable teams the Heat could catch soon on the all-time list include the record-setting 1995-96 Bulls who won 18 in a row during a 72-10 regular season, and 1999-2000 Lakers who had a 19-game winning streak that season.
The 2007-08 Rockets have the second-longest streak — 22 in a row.
James isn’t putting an emphasis on it, and is quick to put long regular-season streaks in perspective.
“I asked Shane [ Battier] about when he was with Houston when they won 22 in a row,” James said. “He said it got them up one spot in the Western Conference standings that year from sixth place to fifth. That’s crazy.”
Battier’s hot streak
Battier has delivered several clutch shooting performances during the Heat’s franchise-record run.
Battier has made at least one three-pointer in his past 17 games. Battier entered the game against the Magic having made multiple three-pointers in 11 of 14 games during the streak — only missing the Feb.26 game against Sacramento.
Battier has shot 39 of 67 from three-point range (58.2 percent) over his past 14 games before Wednesday. He credited his play to his improved health.
“I finally feel healthy after fighting a knee and a hamstring [injury] all year,” Battier said. “I never get caught up in my shooting though. It is what it is. We have some good streaks and poor streaks. My game has always been predicated on making basketball plays like getting loose balls and making intangible plays more than making shots.”
Before boarding the plane back to Miami from Minnesota, a couple of Heat players, allegedly including Dwyane Wade and James, tried having some fun in the snowy conditions. A tweet posted late Monday night on the Heat’s Twitter page read: “After a team snowball fight failed (snow not heavy enough), we’re boarding the plane back to Miami.”
Wade said he wasn’t very good at making snowballs, but implied that James had some success getting a snowball battle going.
“I was an innocent bystander,” Wade said. “I’m from Chicago, but I just wasn’t good at making them. But some people are very good at it. I won’t say names, but his initials are ‘L.J.’ ”
James said later: “I’m pretty good at [making snowballs]. I’m from the Midwest. I didn’t start it, but had a little bit to do with it.”
• The Heat launched its 2013-14 one-year renewal campaign for season-ticket holders. The deal includes discounts on playoff tickets for this season if season tickets are renewed by March 25.