The Miami Heat left very little to the imagination last night at the Bakers Life Fieldhouse. The Heat jumped all over the hometown Pacers and didn't let go until it was much too late. Miami jumped out to a 17-point lead after the 1st quarter and then hold a pretty strong 68-39 advantage at the break. Miami was able to rest most of their man players down the stretch of this game, which sent Miami into a tie with Chicago for best record in the Eastern Conference.
D-Wade got his chances to make a mark on this game, and he certainly did. Wade scored 16 points, a few of which were of the highlight reel type, Then Bosh and D-Wade took their turns taking the game over. Chris Bosh was also a contributor, chipping in with 13 points, 5 boards, 7 assists, a steal and a block. He and D-Wade certainly know to find the other on the floor.
Miami is also the first club in 42 years to play each game in their ‘back-to-back-to-back' set, and then win every one, on the road, and win them all by double features. Now that, is pretty special. It was also pretty special watching LeBron James play the game we know he loves. Some of his dunks were amazing, but his all-around play on games like this is what really gets me. LeBron James finished with a solid 23 point, 9 rebound, 7 assist and 4 steal outing, coming up just short on his first triple double in almost a year.
It always helps your team to look good when your opponent looked so bad. The Pacers team we played last night was not the best they have to offer. Far from it, actually. David West led the Pacers with 14 points and Paul George added 12. Of course it's hard to recover when your leading scorer, Danny Granger, sprains his left ankle late in the first quarter and doesn't return to the game after that.
- Norris Cole scored a season-high 20 points off the bench, adding 3 more assists and as importantly, going 3-of-3 from the foul line!
- Rio had a rougher night, scoring only 4 points to go with 2 rebounds and 2 assists.
- Shane Battier added another 8 and 4 night, and I especially love the 3-for-3 from the field and the 1-for-1 from downtown. Well played, sir.
- Another 20 minutes for Udonis Haslem. Translation: 7 points, 9 rebounds, +16.
- Once the Heat got their biggest lead in the second half, the Pacers never got as close as 20 points down until the final two minutes (garbage time) of the game.
- At 23-7, this win matched the Heat's best franchise start through 30 games.
Next up, the Heat get a couple of much needed nights off before they wrap up this road trip with a stop in Cleveland. We'll see how interesting that game turns out to be....