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Going for 2: Snapping trend of alternating wins and losses is key for Heat in the NBA Finals

They won 27 straight games during the regular season. They won 12 straight in April. They had a pair of standalone six-game winning streaks in the regular season, and a five-game run earlier in these playoffs.

But for the last few weeks, putting together a winning streak of any length has been too daunting for the Miami Heat.

And if that doesn't change, the Heat won't be repeating as NBA champions.

The Heat won Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals against Indiana, lost Game 2 of that series and the win-one, lose-one trend has continued now for 11 straight games. If that form holds, that means it's San Antonio's turn to win again when the NBA Finals resume with Game 5 on Sunday night.

The Heat say it's time to break that cycle.