Reporting Tim Kephart
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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – When the NBA first got word of the Big Three coming together in Miami in July 2010, they feared exactly what the Heat has become in February 2012; a demolition squad that can run roughshod over almost any team in the league.
Led by Miami Heat forward LeBron James and guard Dwyane Wade, the Heat has won six straight games by double-figures.
In reality, the games weren’t even that close as most of the starters are out of the game midway through the fourth quarter of the games.
Making the streak even more impressive is that the Heat have been on the road for most of those games until Sunday night at the AmericanAirlines Arena.
All the while, the Heat has put together a 25-7 record, which is tops in the NBA.
“We want to make sure that we’re keeping things in perspective, we’re staying humble and understanding that NBA adage — you’re never quite as good as you think you are when you’re winning and you’re never quite as bad as you think you are when you’re losing,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.
Still, the Heat has been pretty dadgum impressive during the streak.
Wade shot better than 50 percent for the 10th straight game in the win over the Orlando Magic Sunday night. Wade said he’s “just in a groove,” but it’s one he hasn’t seen since his rookie season.
At the beginning of Sunday’s game, as if to just emphasize how good they can be, LeBron lobbed a half-court alley-oop to a streaking Wade who threw it down to really get the crowd going.
For LeBron, he’s putting up MVP-caliber numbers and is doing it effortlessly. LeBron is averaging 27.9 points, 8.2 rebounds, 6.8 assists, and 1.7 steals per game in 2012.
He’s also shooting nearly 55 percent from the field and nearly 40 percent from behind the three-point line.
All of it is leading people to ask just how good the Heat can be this season. The truth is that no one, even the Heat, truly know how good the team can be by the time the playoffs roll around.
But, if the Heat keep playing the way they are now, no one will be able to stop them from getting to the NBA championship.