Expert: Texas Tech Professor Studies Miami Heat Winning Streak and Likelihood of NBA Record

Professor crunches numbers for NBA record of consecutive victories.


With a 24-game winning streak behind them, the only thing still ahead for the Miami Heat is the NBA record. They are second, only to the 1971-1972 Los Angeles Lakers, a team who won 33 consecutive games more than four decades ago.

Alan Reifman, a professor in Texas Tech University’s Department of Human Development and Family Studies, who studies sports streakiness and conducts “hot hand” research, can speak to sports trends and statistical probability. His blog can be found at

Reifman is also the author of the forthcoming book “Hot Hand: The Statistics Behind Sports’ Greatest Streaks.”


Alan Reifman, professor, Human Development and Family Studies, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-3000 ext. 274, or

Talking Points

  • LeBron James’ performance at the buzzer
  • Number of minutes James played during the streak
  • Charted field-goal and free-throw attempts
  • Margins of victory