The goal from the moment this came together was to be the best.

The best team in the NBA, which was accomplished with last season's championship.

The best-ever Miami Heat team, with such a statement possible within the next week.

On an 11-game winning streak going into Tuesday night's game against the Sacramento Kings at AmericanAirlines Arena, the Heat are three games from matching the franchise record set early in the 2004-05 season, when the roster included the likes of Shaquille O'Neal, Eddie Jones and Damon Jones.

That 2004-05 roster also included Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem, who have remained around for this ride, one that comes alongside LeBron James and Chris Bosh.

Bosh sensed the current group could build toward such a moment, even amid the drudgery of the regular season.

"That is one of the lessons that we've learned being together," he said of the three-year Big Three experience. "It is extremely tough keeping up the level of play."