Miami Heat nearing NBA record for consecutive playoff games without back-to-back losses

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Of course, the Miami Heat won Game 2.

They lost Game 1.

The Heat are 13-0 following their last 13 playoff losses – forming a streak of 47 straight postseason games without consecutive losses. That ranks third all-time, and Miami could tie for second by the end of the 2014 Finals against the Spurs:

  • 54, Boston Celtics (1962-66)
  • 52, Chicago Bulls (1990-93)
  • 47, Miami Heat (2012-14)

How do you explain Miami’s success after losses?

“You do have a healthy dose of fear, and that makes you focus more,” Chris Bosh said. “It makes you play better, play harder. When your back is against the wall, it’s a very unique feeling.”

There is definitely truth in Bosh’s statement. Nothing rallies a team like facing a playoff exit, especially when the team – like the Heat – knows it’s capable of winning.

But I think there’s a bigger factor at play.

Boston went 37-17, Chicago 40-12 and Miami 34-13 during their streaks. Those just aren’t many losses – i.e., few opportunities to drop a second straight game. If you don’t lose once, you can’t lose twice in a row.

Are the Heat especially resilient? Possibly.

Are they just better than most of their opponents? Definitely.