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Miami Heat’s Chris Bosh would take title over win streak

 

Sunday: Bobcats at Heat

When/where: 6 p.m.; AmericanAirlines Arena.

TV/radio: Sun Sports; WAXY 790; 104.3 FM; WAQI 710 (Spanish).

Series: Heat leads 23-10.

Outlook: The Heat won the two previous meetings this season: 105-92 on Dec. 26 in Charlotte, N.C., (behind 29 points from Dwyane Wade) and 99-94 on Feb. 4 in Miami — a game in which the Heat trailed during the second half before rallying behind 31 points from James and 12 rebounds from Wade. … Besides standing eight short of equaling the Lakers’ all-time win record, the Heat is within two games of its franchise record for consecutive home victories (18). … The Heat has at least 20 assists in 20 consecutive games for the first time since 1999-2000. … Miami has rallied to win 11 games this season in which it trailed by double digits.


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Jeff Van Gundy quipped on ABC last weekend that setting the NBA’s all-time win streak record would be a bigger accomplishment than winning a championship, before clarifying that he meant to say that breaking the record would be a more difficult feat, but that he would rather win a title.

Heat center Chris Bosh, whose team is now within eight of the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers’ record 33-game streak, also had that discussion when a friend recently asked him which is the superior achievement.

“I’m going to take the championship every time,” Bosh said. “You don’t get a plaque or a ring or nothing for 34 in a row. You get a record that will probably be broken one day. Records are meant to be broken. But championships last forever.

“Someone was telling me it’s way cooler to win 34 [in a row]. I’m like, ‘Man, please! Get out of here with that. They won’t be throwing confetti for that. I’ll guaran-damn-tee you that.’ ”

CLOSE GAMES

•  Dwyane Wade said fans have been telling him, on Twitter, to “stop giving them a heart attack” with all the close games and double-figure deficits.

Bosh said he also is hearing those types of comments from friends visiting his home. And after Miami rallied from 27 down against Cleveland on Wednesday, LeBron James said he “got texts from a lot of family saying, ‘This is too much for us to handle. So please stop.’ ”

• The Heat has trailed by double digits in three consecutive games. And though players aren’t happy about it, they don’t seem quite as concerned as coach Erik Spoelstra is.

“We just find ways to win games, and that’s all that matters this time of year,” Wade said, adding that suspenseful games are “good for sports.”

Said James: “We would love to have a better start. But we’re a team that wears teams down over 48 minutes.”

THIS AND THAT

•  Mario Chalmers and Norris Cole combined for 21 points, eight steals and seven assists Friday against Detroit, and their steady play hasn’t gone overlooked by teammates.

“They’ve come back and gotten better at their job,” Bosh said. “They’re giving us great minutes, not only getting us organized on offense, but taking the challenge on defense.”

Spoelstra said he played Cole in key fourth quarter minutes Friday because he “was creating some havoc defensively. We’re playing more point guard basketball this year than we have in the past.”

• Though Chris Andersen had only one rebound and one block in 15 minutes Friday, Spoelstra said, “It seems as if he was altering probably six or seven or eight shots at the rim.”

And unlike other Heat backup centers in recent years, Andersen is frequently dunking off lobs in the half-court offense.

“He’s really big once he gets off the ground,” Spoelstra said.

• By going 12 for 15 from the field Friday, James has shot at least 80 percent in three games during this streak. Before this week, he had done that only twice in 732 regular-season career games, according to Elias Sports Bureau.

•  Ray Allen sustained a laceration on his lip as a result of a collision with Andersen during Friday’s game. … Spoelstra gave his team Saturday off. Heat practices have been infrequent on nongame days during this streak.

• NBA TV picked up Sunday’s Charlotte game, and ESPN added Monday’s game at Orlando, but only Sun Sports will be permitted to televise both games in South Florida. Expect national TV for most or every game as long as the Heat continues this streak.

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