Dominant 2nd half sends Heat to 9th straight win

MIAMI FL - DECEMBER 13: Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat drives to the hoop during a game against the New Orleans Hornets at American Airlines Arena on December 13 2010 in Miami Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and/or using this Photograph User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

It was a very even matched 1st half, but the Heat came out after halftime with some amazing shutdown defense and cruised to their 9th straight victory on Monday night.  After trailing 54-53 at the half, Miami used an 18-2 run that stretched between the 3rd and 4th quarters to put away the Hornets.

Dwyane Wade had another big game, cracking the 30-point plateau for the 3rd game in a row.  He and his Big 3 counterparts combined for exactly 75 points for the 4th straight game, which is pretty ridiculous.  Wade and LeBron had their highlight moments while Chris Bosh continued to dominate the glass, coming away with 11 rebounds. 

This was Bosh's 10th game with at least 20 points and his 8th double double of the season.  He finished with 23 points, the 11 boards and tied a season-high with 3 blocked shots.  He is certainly figuring things out on the glass after struggling early in the season.

GAME NOTES

  • Miami held the Hornets to just 9 points on 2-of-13 shooting in the 4th quarter.
  • This is New Orleans first 3-game losing streak of the season.
  • As a team, the Heat blocked 9 shots.  Big Z had 3 and Erick Dampier swatted another one as well. 
  • They also recorded a season-low 6 turnovers.
  • It was a quiet night for Chris Paul, as the Heat continue to figure out ways to shut down elite point guards.  Paul finished with 11 points, 8 rebounds and just 5 assists.
  • For the first time in 14 games, Paul was held without a steal.

Next up for the Heat is Cleveland.  The Cavs come to Miami for the first time this year, and I'm sure the crowd will be extra rowdy after the way the Heat were received in Cleveland a few weeks ago. 

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