The Miami Heat can win their 17th consecutive game with a home victory against the struggling Philadelphia 76ers Friday night at 8 p.m. ET.
The Heat (45-14) already defeated Philadelphia once during the streak, 114-90 on Feb. 23, and now look for their 13th consecutive win in this regular-season series.
Eleven of the Heat's 16 straight victories -- one shy of the Clippers' run to close 2012 -- have come by double digits. However, three of four this month have been by seven points or fewer.
They needed some late-game heroics from LeBron James in a 97-96 win over Orlando on Wednesday. James provided the game-winning layup with 3.2 seconds left to extend the franchise-record streak, though the team doesn't sound preoccupied with the number.
The Sixers (23-37) will try to avoid becoming the first team to fall prey to Miami twice during the streak, but their prospects don't appear favorable as they've dropped three in a row and 10 of 11. Philadelphia also has lost 11 straight road games after a 107-97 defeat at Atlanta on Wednesday and hasn't won away from home since New Year's Day.
Miami's only three home losses have been to teams with winning records, and the 76ers have been below .500 for quite some time.
Fatigue may still be an issue for coach Doug Collins' team, which already appeared worn out at times against the Hawks. Friday will be the Sixers' ninth game in 14 days.