Miami Heat Defeat Cavaliers 98-96 To Extend Streak To 24: Watch The Game Highlights [VIDEO]

By Staff Reporter, Posted: 03/20/13 11:45PM EDT

The Miami Heat came into tonight's match against the Cleveland Cavaliers after winning 23 straight games. Prepared for the relentless pressure from the most dominant team in the league, the Cavs managed to control the game with a stunning 27 point lead. Unfortunately for Cleveland, that was not enough to bring the Heats down.

Lebron James led the Heats to a comeback, scoring 25 points tonight to ultimately beat the Cavaliers with a final score of 98-95. The 24th straight win for Miami Heat, the franchise continues to extend the second longest winning streak in NBA history. A remarkable record, the Miami Heat are still nine games away from matching the all-time record of 33 consecutive wins by the legendary Los Angeles Lakers of 1971 through 1972.

While the Miami Heat denied claims that the long-standing record is a part of their goal this season, the team did seem to find a way to dig a little extra in order to pull themselves out of the enormous 27 point deficit.

With just 7 minutes 44 seconds left in the third quarter, Miami trailed 67-40, causing many fans to prematurely assume that the Cavaliers would be the one to end the Heat's dominance. In fact, tonight's match marks the biggest comeback in the NBA this season.

By the beginning of the final quarter, the Heats closed the game to just a nine point gap. What's more, the Heat were even up 95-86 with 3 minutes and 2 seconds left, placing the pressure on Cleveland. A scrappy young team, the Cavaliers bounced back to take the game to 96-95 with only 44 seconds to go. Finally, LeBron James was fouled in the closing moment of the game, dropping two free throws to end that game at 98-95

But Cleveland bounced back and closed to 96-95 on Thompson's two free throws with 44 seconds to go. Wade then missed a jumper, but Ellington misfired on a step-back 23-footer with 5.2 seconds to go.

James was fouled and the reigning MVP, with a sellout crowd of 20,562 roaring, stepped to the line and dropped both free throws to make it 98-95.

Did you miss the fierce match? Be sure to watch all the highlights of the March 20 game between the Miami Heat and Cleveland Cavaliers.

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