The last time the Miami Heat left Chesapeake Energy Arena, Dwyane Wade turned to a member of the Heat staff and said, "I think we got this."
That was after the Heat tied the 2012 NBA Finals 1-1. Three games later, the Heat were champions.
To say the Heat have the Oklahoma City Thunder's number might be an overstatement, but after Thursday's 110-100 victory, it's starting to feel that way.
The Heat not only backed up their Christmas Day victory over the Thunder at AmericanAirlines Arena, but unlike that 103-97 win, for extended stretches were dominant Thursday, pushing their lead to 23 in the third quarter and then holding off a late Thunder jolt.
And it just might be time to say that LeBron James has Kevin Durant's number.
Now 9-2 against Durant in their 11 regular-season meetings and 13-3 when counting last season's Finals, James kept up his latest streak of sizzling play, this time closing with a season-high-tying 39 points on 14-of-25 shooting, 12 rebounds and seven assists, falling short of another game at 60 percent from the field.
James became the first player since Wilt Chamberlain in 1963 to score 30 or more in seven consecutive games going into the All-Star break, something that has only been done four previous times and never surpassed.
Durant, meanwhile, missed his first seven shots, was 2 of 10 at halftime before coming around with a scintillating finish to close with 40 points on 12-of-24 shooting. He also took a nasty fall on his hip while battling for a first-half rebound and later battled foul trouble.
And, with that, the Heat take the NBA's longest winning streak into the All-Star Game, a seven-game run not only of James dominance, but of midseason mayhem by teammates Chris Bosh and Wade.
Bosh continued his scintillating shooting, closing 10 of 14 for 20 points and 11 rebounds, tying Kevin Willis for 11th place on the Heat's all-time double-double list. Wade was quietly efficient, before fouling out with 3:23 to play, with 13 points, a season-high eight assists and five rebounds.
The Heat became the first team to defeat the Thunder twice this season, despite playing without starting power forward Udonis Haslem, who remained home with the bruised lower right leg he sustained in the first quarter of Tuesday's victory over the Portland Trail Blazers.
LeBron, Heat race to big lead, hold off Durant, Thunder 110-100
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel | Feb 15