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According to STATS LLC, only three teams have won 10 consecutive games by at least 10 points apiece. Miami has won nine straight, all of them by double figures, and could join the 2007-08 Houston Rockets, 2003-04 New Jersey Nets and 1946-47 Washington Capitols in that exclusive club if they beat the Cavs by 10 or more on Wednesday.

“We’re starting to figure out how this team is going to play all year, how we’re going to be effective,” Heat guard Dwyane Wade said. “The spurts and the runs that we go on is going to be probably the most effective thing that other teams can’t do that we have the ability to do.”

The Heat went through a relatively light practice Tuesday, which in no way suggests Miami is taking things easy right now.

Much in the same way that the struggles in their 9-8 start were part of the “process” that Heat coach Erik Spoelstra spoke of often in the season’s opening weeks, continuing to refine things remains part of that same process.

“It’s no different than when we lost four out of five,” Spoelstra said. “We still had to work and stay together to try to improve and that’s where we are right now. If you just try to relax and think of the wins that we’ve had, you’re not getting any better. And we have a long ways to go, still.”

Relaxing against a team that’s struggling isn’t an uncommon occurrence.

James said he won’t let Miami fall into that trap _ not against Cleveland.

“It’s a tough situation going on in Cleveland,” James said. “I wish those guys the best. It just so happened they haven’t won since we played them and now they come in here when we’re still rolling. As much as I would love for them to get back on track, I don’t want them to get back on track against us.”


AP Sports Writer Tom Withers in Cleveland contributed to this report.