“I don’t know who half you people are,” Wade said.
For those who still need streaks to follow, there’s plenty of options.
Women’s basketball is chock-full of them right now, with Baylor (32), Notre Dame (28) and Delaware (27) all taking streaks that at least match the Heat run into NCAA regional games this weekend. The NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins were seeking for a 14th straight win against Winnipeg on Thursday night. In men’s college basketball, Louisville takes a 12-game winning streak into its Midwest Regional semifinal against Oregon on Friday night.
As far as the NBA goes, the longest current winning streak now belongs to the New York Knicks — a mere six games.
What the Heat did obviously won’t be exceeded this season, and probably not for a while. If Miami won every game left on its schedule and swept all four playoff series, they would end the year with another 27-game winning streak.
Don’t count on that one happening. Bryant may have tipped his cap to the Heat, but not all the Lakers were exactly heartbroken that their franchise will keep the record.
“We kept the streak,” Lakers center Pau Gasol said. “And it’s about time that Miami lost.”
During the streak — starting from the moment Miami lost in Indiana on Feb. 1 to the final buzzer in Chicago — every other NBA team lost at least five times. Nearly two-thirds of the league lost at least 10 games. Orlando lost more than anyone else, falling on 23 occasions. Maybe the biggest sign of Miami’s dominance was that 12 teams endured more defeats during the streak than the Heat had lost all season.
Starting Friday, they begin another chapter.
“Now that it’s over,” Wade said, “let’s look back on it as something that was great.”