The Heat took care of business last night when they defeated the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers by 27-points in front of 19,600 fans at the AAA. You have to feel a little sorry for the Cavs; they were the first team to 40 wins last year and are the first team to 40 losses this year. They have now lost 21 games in a row, which is two shy of the NBA record for consecutive losses.
Dwyane Wade continued his string of solid games, putting up 26 1st half points en route to a 34-point game. It was the 4th time in his last 5 games that he has eclipsed the 30-point mark, and he leads the Heat in rebounds per game since the calendar flipped over to 2011. Dwyane had missed Miami's last two home games so I'm sure he was anxious to play in front of his fans.
Even though the 117-90 final score would indicate a game that the winning head coach was pleased with, that was not the case for Erik Spoelstra. He stressed that his team needed to put fourth a ‘complete' effort, but after a strong start the Heat fell into a state of complacency. A 17-point 2nd quarter lead was trimmed to just 9 at halftime and then all the way down to 3 early in the 3rd quarter.
Whether it was Coach Spo screaming during a timeout or just the fear of possibly losing at home to the worst team in the league, the Heat snapped back into gear. They scored 9 straight points and by the end of the quarter had the lead back up to 15. Miami then opened the 4th quarter on a 14-4 run...and that was that. The win was the 4th in a row for the Heat.
- Dwyane Wade's 26 points in the 1st half were the most in one half by a Heat player this season.
- Big Z had his best game in a while, picking up 12 points and 16 boards in his usual 18 min.
- Mike Miller picked up his 3rd double double in his last 6 games with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
- Miami's bench pitched in 31 points.
- Chris Bosh was out there for just 25 minutes, picking up 10 points and 7 boards.
- The Heat shot 44% as a team from beyond the arc, hitting 8-of-18.
Miami will get a couple days off before heading up the state to Orlando for a nationally televised division matchup.