The common theme is the victories, now 17 in a row for the Miami Heat.

The secondary theme is how Erik Spoelstra's team refuses to make the easiest matchups anything but easy.

Friday night, the Heat entered on a 12-game home winning streak, with the visiting Philadelphia 76ers on an 11-game road losing streak.

Simple math?
Anything but.

Instead, the Heat found themselves trailing for most of the night before pushing through for a 102-93 victory at AmericanAirlines Arena.

In extending their franchise-record winning streak to 17, the Heat tied for the 12th longest streak in NBA history. In the process, they clinched a playoff berth, the earliest, by five games, in the franchise's 25 seasons.

"This is special, no doubt about it," guard Dwyane Wade said after scoring 22 points. "It's always great to be in company of the historic parts of the game."

But as with recent home victories against similar lottery-bound opponents such as the Cleveland Cavaliers, Sacramento Kings and Orlando Magic, there was little opportunity to exhale.

Instead the 76ers raced to an early nine-point lead, lead by four at halftime and then pushed to another nine-point lead in the third quarter.

That's when LeBron James said enough, the Heat forward closing with 25 points and 10 rebounds.

"The run he's been on, everyone has been talking about it," 76ers center Spencer Hawes said of James. "It's hard to stop him when he's in that type of zone."