Mar. 1, 2012; Portland, OR, USA; Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) drives to the basket on Portland Trail Blazers center Marcus Camby (23) and guard Jamal Crawford (11) during the second quarter of the game at the Rose Garden. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-US PRESSWIRE
The Miami Heat continued their torrid pace on thursday night, rolling past the Portland Trail Blazers and extending their winning streak to 9.
With Chris Bosh out, Lebron James and Dwyane Wade led the way early, combining for 49 points in the first half. The Heat served to be too much down the stretch, smothering the Blazers on the defensive end and converting on 18 points in transition.
Miami has picked up stride, racking up their 9th straight victory by double digit margins and currently sit a top the eastern conference.
Lebron James led the Heat in scoring, finishing with 38 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals. Dwyane Wade also stuffed the stat sheet, tallying up 33 points, 10 assists and 3 steals.
With Chris Bosh out due to the death of his grandmother, the Heat went with a smaller lineup starting Shane Battier at small forward and pushing Lebron over to power forward. Battier was relatively quite in his start but Udonis Haslem filled the void off the bench, posting 11 points and 14 rebounds.
Miami's superstars picked up the slack with Bosh out, and for the first time this season, Wade and James both scored at least 30 points. The Heat executed their offense efficiently, shooting 47% for the game and committed a season low 9 turnovers.
The Heat currently have the longest active winning streak in the league and in the last 9 games, have won by an average of 16 points.
The Heat will look to extend their winning streak to 10 tomorrow night in Utah against the Jazz.