Dwyane Wade said it best when he said right after the final buzzer "It was the best game of the season for the Heat". And with 28 points on 11-21 shooting, it was also the best game for "D-Wade", who led Miami to victory by scoring the last eight points of his team, including two huge free throws at the end.
And like Dwyane Wade, Goran Dragic probably played his most complete game of the season as well. Even tough his statistics don't look particularly impressive (14 points, 7 assists, 3 rebounds on 6-11 shooting), the Slovenian point guard looked like "The Dragon" tonight. He was agressive, he scored some points in transition, he got his teammates involved and made some great plays like this huge steal on Russell Westbrook with three minutes left in the game.
Another bright spot of tonight's game was the level of production coming off the bench. Josh McRoberts didn’t hesitate to shoot the ball this time and finished the game with 12 points (on 5-7 shooting), along with 3 rebounds and 4 assists. Tyler Johnson was very aggressive all night long and added 8 points. Justise Winslow didn't impact the game offensively despite 34 minutes of playing time, but he did a good job overall on the other side of the floor. We even saw Josh Richardson get some minutes to defend Russell Westbrook.
The defensive activity of the team was also one of the main reasons why the Heat won this game. Hassan Whiteside (11 points, 8 rebonds, 2 blocks) and Chris Bosh (16 points, 8 rebonds) did their job in the paint, Miami forced a lot of turnovers and scored some easy fast break points. The Heat also limited Kevin Durant (who was in early foul trouble) and Russell Westbrook to 50 points on 17-39 shooting (they also combined for 12 turnovers).
Finally, the Heat did a great job when it came to executing the offense, and finished the game with 25 assists for only 9 turnovers. Miami struggled from deep (3-13) and from the free throw line (14-24), but shot at 49.4 % overall. By the way, Whiteside was a little bit more involved offensively, especially early in the game.
With this bounce-back win, Miami showed how great this team can be on both sides of the floor. Hopefully the Heat will play like that again Saturday night, when LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers come to town.