Top Five: Teams that can stop the Miami Heat's win streak

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With the Heat at 27 straight wins and counting, here are five teams that have a chance to end Miami's streak:

5. New York Knicks » The Knicks, who play at Miami on April 2, are an odd team and they did defeat the Heat in November by 20. But entering Tuesday night, they've lost eight of 10 to teams with a winning record.

4. Boston Celtics » The Heat already would have the all-time streak by the time they reach this game April 12. The problem is that Boston would be playing at Miami, where the Heat are 32-3 this season. Boston is 12-23 on the road entering Tuesday. Their last two meetings, which they've split, have both been decided by two points.

3. Washington Wizards » They're playing well and they have a knack for beating good teams this season: Memphis, Houston, Oklahoma City, Denver, New York, Brooklyn, Atlanta, the Clippers, the Lakers and Chicago. Oh, and another team: Miami. If Miami keeps winning, its streak would be at 34 games for this April 10 matchup.

2. Chicago Bulls » The Bulls are still playing minus Derrick Rose, but they beat Miami in January without him. But in Wednesday's game, the Bulls might be without Joakim Noah, Richard Hamilton and Marco Belinelli. Miami's Dwyane Wade is expected to return Wednesday night after a two-game absence because of a knee injury. The Bulls also play at Miami on April 14.

1. San Antonio Spurs » For all of Miami's incredible streak, the Heat's record is only three games better than the Spurs. They play Sunday in San Antonio. Assuming the Spurs play their best players this time, they have the best shot of ending the streak.

- John Keim

jkeim@washingtonexaminer.com

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