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Revisiting Miami Heat's historic 27-game winning streak in 2013: Key stats and best games

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade in 2013
LeBron James and Dwyane Wade in 2013 (Getty Images)

In 2013, the Miami Heat ripped off 27 straight wins, the second-longest single-season win streak in NBA history.

As we celebrate the six-year anniversary of that incredible run on the date that it was snapped, we take a look back at some key stats and best games from the streak:

Key stats

Duration: 53 days

Games: 27 (13 road; 14 home)

Double-digit victories: 17

Double-digit deficits erased: 7

Different teams beaten: 20

Over the course of their streak, the Heat had a league-best offensive rating of 114.9 while their defense checked in at 6th with a rating of 102.0. They were one of only three teams (San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder) to rank in the top 10 of both offensive and defensive ratings.

As a team, the Heat's field goal percentage of 50.8% during the streak was a league-best stat.

During the streak, they ranked third in three-point shooting (40.3%), and turnovers (13.3) while ranking second in steals (9.9).

Over the course of the streak, then three-time league MVP LeBron James averaged 27.0 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 8.0 assists while making 57.5% of his shots from the field. Given his numbers and the success the team was enjoying, LeBron had more or less racked up his fourth career regular season MVP.

It was the MVP voting for this season that James joined Shaquille O'Neal (1999-00) as the only players ever to fall one vote (120 of 121) shy of being named a unanimous league MVP.

LeBron got plenty of support during the streak as Dwyane Wade averaged 22.8 points per game on 53.6% shooting.

Notable Games

Mar. 6 vs. Orlando Magic - LeBron's game-winner

With 12.6 seconds to go, the Heat's 15-game win streak was on the line as they were down by 1 but the King took matters into his own hands.

LeBron laid in a lefty layup, leaving just 3.2 seconds on the game clock. Some stifling defense in the remaining seconds ensured the Heat's win streak extended to 16.

Mar. 20 @ Cleveland Cavaliers - 27-point comeback

With 7:44 left in the third quarter, the Heat were trailing by 27.

However, over the remaining 20 minutes, LeBron and the Heat outscored the Cavaliers by 58-28 to extend their win streak to 24.

Mar. 18 @ Boston Celtics - 17-point comeback

Win. no 23 wasn't easy either.

James iced the game with a clutch jumper in the closing seconds as the Heat rallied back from a 17-point deficit in a rematch of the 2012 Conf. Finals.

Streak-snapping defeat

Of all teams, it was a shorthanded Bulls squad, who were missing Joakim Noah, Derrick Rose, and Marco Belinelli, that snapped the Heat's historic streak.

Luol Deng scored 28 points while Carlos Boozer 21 points and 17 rebounds as they helped the Bulls overcome a 32-point (64.7% shooting) night from LeBron.

The Heat fell six wins short of tying the longest win streak in league history - 33 by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1971-72 season.

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