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ReHeat: Revenge of the Heat - Miami sticks it to Jazz 111-98

  • Easily the Heat's most satisfying win of the season so far with the winning streak intact, their worst loss avenged and another victory against an elite team to quiet the critics (for now).
  • Yes, the dynamic duo of Dwyane Wade (28 points on 9-14 FG shooting) and LeBron James (33 points, 9 assists and 7 rebounds) were crucial to the Heat's victory as they usually are but Zydrunas Ilgauskas emerged out of a mini-slump to pour in 16 points and 10 rebounds, 4 of them on the offensive glass. With both Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap combining to score 43 points, the Heat finally could counterattack that production with Chris Bosh, Erick Dampier and Big Z doing their thing. LeBron assisted him 4 times on pick-and-pops with Ilgauskas consistently draining jumpers and making the little plays that were crucial to holding back the Jazz. Dampier was highly effective, especially in the first half, with 6 boards and Bosh also grabbed 9 of them (3 offensive). Showing just how much progress they've made since the last two times these teams met, the Heat outrebounded Utah 42-28 and grabbed 15 offensive rebounds overall.
  • The Heat continued to push the pace and were highly effective in the early going by exposing Utah's lack of speed. After one Jazz basket, Dampier quickly inbounded the ball to a sprinting James who then ran the length of the floor and assisted Wade on an easy layup in the span of less than four seconds. The Heat began drifting away from this pace but won the game late in the fourth quarter by creating turnovers with Wade and James finishing with ease by the rim. And if they missed? Both of them were able to clean up the other's miss by the rim on separate plays. James was spectacular in the early going by showing the same range he had against Cleveland while having his way with Andrei Kirilenko en route to 22 points in the first half. Meanwhile, Wade was unstoppable in the final quarter after scoring an impressive 15 points in the first half but only 2 points in the third quarter.
  • Bosh struggled in the opening minutes by quickly going 0-5 and then 1-8 from the field. He was clearly rattled by Utah's big men but had the last laugh with a strong second half including a few key baskets late highlighted by an inventive spin move in the post to gain some space and the patented up-and-under for the basket. The Heat's Big 3 ended up combining for 75 points, 20 rebounds and 16 assists.
  • The Heat won despite more terrible officiating like what they had faced against Milwaukee. The highlight tonight was awarding Deron Williams three free throws on a nonexistent Mario Chalmers foul. Also, hacking LeBron James on the way to the basket is now apparently excusable at certain moments only because he's strong and can absorb contact. Perhaps it's time for Joe Crawford to hang it up once and for all.
  • Another disappearing act by starting PG Carlos Arroyo with zero points and zero assists after having such an effective game against the Bucks. Chalmers proved once again why he deserves more minutes with a +18 advantage for his team in only 25 minutes and came up with some great plays down the stretch on both ends of the court. A deflection off his hands turned into a fastbreak opportunity for James and Wade that helped seal the win. Arroyo was a -3 despite the Heat leading this game almost the entire time.
  • The Heat had allowed 42 points in the fourth quarter and 72 second-half points of their first game against Utah to allow them to tie it in regulation and snatch the win in overtime. The Jazz looked ready to make another comeback and steal yet another win against Miami after overcoming a double-digit lead in the second half to take the one-point lead but they managed only 20 points in the fourth quarter while allowing the Heat to score 34 points to lose their fifth game in Salt Lake City this season. They only lost nine games total last season at home.