Dwyane Wade's 39 points lead Heat to 8th straight win

Miami got off to a sloppy start on offense, but what was troubling me was how easily Minnesota was scoring. They were getting very good looks at the rim, evident by that 12 of their first 14 points came from inside the paint.  An 8-0 run put Minny up by 7, but that didn't lost very long as Udonis responded with back-to-back buckets.  It sparked a 14-5 run that gave Miami their first lead of the game.

Miami was down by 2 when Dwyane Wade came back into the game with about 6 minutes left in the 2nd quarter.  He would proceed to catch fire, scoring 13 points in the quarter and just like that the Heat had turned things around, taking a 9-point lead into the half. 

Miami kept on rolling after the break, pumping their lead all the way up to 17 just minutes into the 3rd.   Miami could have expanded their lead at the foul line but missed 5 straight instead, luckily the Timberwolves were in the midst of a scoreless stretch that lasted over 5 minutes. 

An 11-0 run for the Heat pushed the lead to 21; they were shooting 7-of-9 from the field since halftime.  The T-Wolves had been having a very tough time since Darko Milicic came out of the game in the 1st half with a jaw injury and didn't return.  They made a big run 21-6 between the end of the 3rd and beginning of the 4th, trimming the Heat lead all the way down to 6.

It was at that point that Dwyane Wade decided to take things over again.  He made 5 straight shots, scoring 12 quick points to get the Heat lead back up to double digits.  You have to give Minnesota some credit for making a nice run, but in the end they couldn't out-perform D-Wade and co. 

This win capped a 2nd straight 3-game road sweep, coming in back to back weeks.   The Heat has now won 8 in a row, including 6 straight on the road.  They also reached last years win total (43), and still have 5 games remaining. 

GAME NOTES

  • Dwyane Wade came up 1 point shy of a 2nd straight 40-point game.  He finished with 39 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists but failed to come up with a steal for the first time in his last 18 games. 
  • Quentin Richardson had one of his hot shooting games, but only took a handful of shots.  He hit 4 of his 5 shots from beyond the arc. 
  • Udonis picked up another double double...in the first half.  He finished the game with 13 points and 17 rebounds.
  • Mike Beasley had his minutes cut due to foul trouble, but still provided solid play when he was out there.  12 points and 5 boards in just 20 minutes. 
  • Carlos Arroyo picked up another 9 assists after having just 1 Friday night in Indiana.

The Heat now head home for 2 games this week; Philly and then Detroit.   They get a nice break, as their next game isn't until Wednesday.  8 in a row...let that sink in.

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