And it has required extra time each time.
But they have found a way, which still beats the alternative.
Two nights after surviving in overtime in Orlando, the Heat again had to go to extended lengths to vanquish a lesser opponent, this time holding on for a 119-109 overtime victory Wednesday night at AmericanAirlines Arena.
"You figure out a way to win games, no matter what it takes," forward LeBron James said after closing with 32 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists. "I don't look at is as playing with fire."