Midway through the third quarter of the Heat's game against the Orlando Magic Saturday, LeBron James swung the ball to Rashard Lewis, who was in the corner. The former Magic player knocked down a 3 despite getting fouled and completed the rare four-point play. About a minute later, Chris Bosh made a jumper. And on the Heat's ensuing possession, the Heat ran some beautiful ball movement that led to a Bosh dunk.
As any Heat fan knows, it was Miami's patented run that always puts the game out of hand.
Bosh shot a perfect 9-for-9 from the field, Rashard Lewis scored a season-high 18 points against his former team and the Heat cruised to a 110-94 win. The victory stands as Miami's 25th win on the season and the first of the new year.
Lewis started tonight, as Shane Battier missed the game with a sore quad. Lewis responded well, scoring 10 points in the first quarter and continuing great activity throughout the game. Dwyane Wade was a game-time decision, but decided to play and may play on both ends of a back-to-back for the first time since mid-November. The Heat host the Toronto Raptors -- a team that has played nicely since trading Rudy Gay -- Sunday at 6 p.m.
It was good that Wade played, because LeBron James had a second consecutive uncharacteristically bad offensive game. After committing a season-high eight turnovers against the Golden State Warriors Thursday, James scored just 15 points on 5-of-13 shooting. He grabbed eight boards and dished out eight assists, but missed several driving layup attempts. Additionally, James was put in a few bad positions on poor post entry passes.
Wade scored 20 points on 8-of-15 shooting from the field and four-of-five shooting from the line. The 2006 NBA Finals MVP also grabbed six boards and dished out four assists. The rebounding from Wade and James helped Miami keep the battle of the boards close, with Orlando winning 41-40. Wade also looked fresh, and he said that he'll see how he feels before deciding whether to play against Toronto.
It's also important to reiterate Bosh's great night. He was probably relieved to find out that Nik Vucevic had to sit out tonight's game, but more than did his part regardless. His perfect shooting helped Miami compensate for James' rough night from the field. Bosh showcased the entire repertoire Saturday, doing everything from dunking to shooting his smooth jumper.
Michael Beasley registered 13 points off the bench. Miami also got some nice production from its point guards; Mario Chalmers had nine points while Norris Cole added eight points and six rebounds. Cole had two 3s, just one example of how he has improved since his up-and-down rookie season.