March 6, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) makes a basket over New Jersey Nets shooting guard Gerald Green (14) in the third quarter at the American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-US PRESSWIRE
In his first game back, Chris Bosh made an immediate impact, scoring 16 points early. Miami came out of the gate rolling, as the Big 3 outscored the entire New Jersey Nets team, 39-37 in the first half.Dwyane Wade sprained his right ankle in the 1st half and did not return, but the injury is being described as a tweak. He finished the game with 13 points in just over 14 minutes. It is believed Wade was held out as a precaution, since the game was out of reach early.
Miami locked in to their defensive sets, harassing the Nets into 37% shooting and holding them to their 4th lowest point total of the season. Contrary to the past two games, the Heat dominated the glass, out-rebounding the Nets 43-29.
The Heat shot a scorching 58% for the game lead by Lebron James and Chris Bosh. James posted 21 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists and Bosh finished with 20 points on an efficient 9-14 shooting.
The Heat displayed unselfishness and offensive continuity throughout, closing the game with 6 players in double digits.
It was Miami's largest victory over the New Jersey Nets in franchise history. The Heat will now shift their attention to Atlanta, as they host the Hawks tomorrow night.
- Dwyane Wade injured his right ankle in the 1st half and did not return.
- Shane Battier started the 2nd half in Wade's place.
- Deron Williams was the only Nets player to shoot over 45%.
- Miami shot a staggering 10-17 from beyond the arc.
- Dexter Pittman was efficient in 15 minutes, with 10 points & 6 rebounds.
- Miami had 30 total assists to New Jersey's 14.
- Miami's bench scored as many points as the Nets starters (44).