Miami Heat LeBron James (L) and Dwyane Wade laugh during practice in preparation for game four of the NBA Finals on June 18, 2012 at the American Airlines Arena in Miami. AFP PHOTO/DON EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/GettyImages)
(USA TODAY) -- The process, as Erik Spoelstra so often calls it, continued yet again for the Miami Heat on Monday night at the Amway Center.
And though the contemplative coach may claim it's a mere footnote in his mind, there was this: His seemingly-unstoppable team won for the 27th consecutive time, a 108-94 downing of the Orlando Magic that marked the second consecutive game without shooting guard Dwyane Wade because of a sore right knee.
As Spoelstra sees it, and as his players continue to insist, it doesn't matter that the Heat continue to close in on the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers' all-time winning streak in the NBA of 33 games, or that the win over the Magic meant this was now the second longest in the history of major professional sports leagues in North America (surpassing Major League Baseball's New York Giants, who won 26 consecutive games in 1916). What mattered was that the Heat continued to stay true to this process they have put in place - one that is yielding near-unprecedented results.
"Our historic run is about winning championships; that's what we want to be known for, but it's a process," LeBron James said after finishing with 24 points, 11 rebounds and nine rebounds. "Whatever comes in between that, we can be excited about, but we didn't have a goal in mind of saying, 'Let's go on a long, consecutive win streak. But our goal in mind is to win each and every (time) we go out on the floor."