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Afterward, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra revealed the not-very-elaborate strategy behind the comeback: Make shots at one end, get stops at the other.

“That’s part of their greatness,” Spoelstra said. “Great competitors making big shots like that, that’s just us stepping back and letting them do their thing.”

Spoelstra did more stepping back after that comeback in Cleveland. Not only did Miami get Thursday off from practice, but the Heat also will not hold their customary game-day shootaround Friday morning, likely opting instead for an afternoon walkthrough before the game against the Pistons _ a game that, late Thursday, was added to NBA TV’s broadcast schedule because of the interest in the streak.

With 18 games in March, Spoelstra was concerned about how to get through the rigors of such a jampacked month. The team has largely given up practices in recent weeks, opting instead for rest, with shootarounds being the primary method of gameplanning. Given how Miami was able to rally against both Boston and Cleveland _ at the end of a road trip, no less _ it seems like Heat legs are fairly fresh right now.

“Every team is going to give us a good shot, no matter their record, no matter who’s out on the floor,” said James, who had a triple-double in Cleveland, surely to the dismay of his former hometown fans. “We’re going to get their best and we should enjoy that. We should embrace that.”

James found a way to deliver when Miami needed him most on Wednesday. He didn’t have a great shooting night and still wound up with 19 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists, three steals and two blocks in the second half alone against the Cavs. Other than the reigning MVP, only three players in the league have put up those stats in a full game this season.

“Us as a team,” James said, “we can make a run.”