LeBron James might be a few weeks ahead of the actual calendar, but he offered one reason why the Miami Heat tend to enjoy February surges.
"Springtime, in our league, is the best time," James said.
At least, that's seems to be case for James and the Heat.
They are an NBA-best 11-1 this month. And that extends a trend that started when James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh became teammates nearly three years ago — they were 9-3 in February 2011, 11-2 in February 2012.
After the month started with a 102-89 loss at Indiana, Miami has ripped off 11 straight wins.
"You've got to play your best basketball at this time of year, February and March and obviously in April going into the stretch," Wade said. "We would love to play amazing all year, but in the beginning of the season you've got to figure things out. It's a new year, there's other teams that have new parts, they got better. And then when it comes down to a winning team, a veteran team, you have to have everything figured out."
With a win at home tonight against Sacramento, Miami would become the first NBA team since 2008 to post at least 12 victories in February.
THUNDER: Oklahoma City signed veteran Derek Fisher, filling an opening for a third point guard that was created when Eric Maynor got traded to Portland.
Fisher joins Oklahoma City for the stretch run for the second straight season. He played in 20 regular-season games and then all 20 playoff games last season. He has not played in the NBA this season after being unsigned as a free agent during the offseason.
Fisher won five NBA championships with the Lakers before getting traded to Houston last season.