By Michael Almonte
The defending-champion Miami Heat are playing like they want to repeat ripping off 12-straight wins that included an exciting double-overtime win over the Sacramento Kings 141-129 Tuesday night in Miami. The Heat finished the month of February going 12-1 led by their dynamic duo of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. James finished the month averaging 29.7 points, 7.5 rebounds, 7.8 assists, shooting 64% from the field, which is the best mark of his career for any month, 80% at the free-throw line and 43% from the three-point line. Wade was spectular as well producing 23.9 points, 6.2 rebounds, 5.5 assists, shooting 53% from the field and led the NBA with 104 fourth quarter points. The 12-game winning streak is the second-longest in franchise history as the Heat have separated themselves from the rest of the East showcasing a 41-14 record. They are 23-5 at home and will face two tough challenges in their upcoming games. The Memphis Grizzlies come to Miami Friday night at 8:00 PM EST on ESPN before a Sunday afternoon affair at Madison Square Garden taking on the New York Knicks at 1:00 PM EST on ABC. The Heat dropped their first encounter with the Grizzlies back in early November and were destroyed in two meetings by the Knicks. March Madness is upon the NBA and the Heat are sending a message to the league that the title still goes through South Beach.