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ReHeat: Player-by-player analysis of Heat's gritty OT win vs Magic

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Wait...the Heat won last night?!?!

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Chris Bosh rebounded a LeBron James miss and passed it to a Ray Allen, who nailed a three and forced a Game 7 of the NBA Finals. Remember that feeling you got then? That sense of relief knowing you had you just defeated..defeat. Even though Miami most likely won't be reaching that type of atmosphere this year, last night was probably as close to THAT feeling this team will have THIS season.

An ugly win by definition but ugly has become part of the Miami Heat identity. Though at times unattractive, it's absolutely fun to watch to this team. Sure you would love to watch easy victories over bad teams and big victories in prime time evenings but the fact that you have no idea what to expect from this team makes it all the more entertaining.

This team may get written off in the first round but it will be one hell of an unpredictable ride till then. At one point Dwyane Wade and Goran Dragic, (your two backcourt and lead scoring options) were 2/13 and 47 minutes of losing basketball was played last night. Trailing by seven points with 36 seconds left and under 20% from the 3 point line. You watch the game tape night and there will be many moments of frustration. When those frustrating moments disappear, you'll hold your breath when seeing Luol Deng holding his neck in pain, followed by Mario Chalmers limping around holding his hip.

On both ends you saw a team that you felt was about to crumble. Maybe the beginning of an inevitable playoff end. Instead you saw the possible beginning..of a new beginning. A beginning that has Miami winning 4 of its past 6 games and a firm grasp on the 7th seed. The last time the Heat won 2 games in a row was January 11th and 13th. Feels good right?

Time to look at some players:

Dwyane Wade: 18 points, 6 assists - "We needed a win like this. We haven't got one of these all year"

Goran Dragic: 8 points, 5 assists, 4 rebounds

Both struggled but they kept fighting as other players stepped up for them. When the Heat were terrible from beyond the arc, it was Wade who hit a key three. With that being said, Wade and Dragic can't play like Norris Cole and Mario Chalmers did earlier this season. This team can't survive that lack of performance. Especially not with Chris Bosh out.

Luol Deng: 21 points, 7 rebounds -  The most underrated stat of this Heat season is how Miami does when Deng scored 20 or more. Oh you didn't know? Miami is 9-0 when it happens. Last night? Deng had 13 of those 21 in the fourth quarter. For two games now Deng's game has changed dramatically. Or should I say Dragically? Ok sorry moving on

Hassan Whiteside 15 points, 13 rebounds - Funny how even when he's "bad" he's good. Ninth double-double in 12 games...and that happened in the 3rd quarter. The fouls though? Still a work in progress. That double was followed by a fourth foul.

Henry Walker 10 points, 6 rebounds. - Forget his name changing from Bill to Henry and being called Hank. Let's just call him Hero Walker till the next game ok? The man went 0-7 from beyond the arc, only to hit back-to-back triples when it mattered most. Oh this season has turned into Hope by Hassan and Henry.

Next game: Heat at Pelicans tomorrow night at 8pm.