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A quick second look at last night's game.

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The last time the Miami Heat were on a three-game win streak? When they started 3-0 for the season.

I actually was able to attend last night's game and feel the buzz around the arena like many reporters have pointed out recently. Dwyane Wade called the current atmosphere similar to his 2003 rookie year Heat run, that took the team to the second round  of the playoffs. My view last night up close and personal ten rows behind the basket, where I saw this barreling towards me:

Miami enjoyed 33 points from the bench, led by Michael Beasley, who has turned into a trustworthy rotational player in this third stint with Miami. The man nearly had a triple double and when he was on the floor in the 2nd quarter, the Heat outscored Denver 37-23. While D-Wade broke his "watch me get 25 points at least," he was still able to score when needed, and you knew he would of done more if the victory was in question. The question now is how will he respond after getting his hip checked early in the game?

According to newly 70-year-old Pat Riley, Luol Deng is the most important free agent signing in Heat history after LeBron James left. But even Coach would agree Goran Dragic is #1 in terms of ANY signing, free agent or trade for this team. There's a sense of calmness when he has the ball in his hands. Dragic operates with the same motor as Mario but his efficiency is off the charts, especially close to the basket. The Core Four (Deng, Dragic, Wade, Whiteside) for Miami provided a total of 69 points, 21 rebounds and 11 assists last night. With that being said, these four need a nickname. "DW2" anyone?

Dwyane Wade - 22 points, 4 assists -  Post game here. Locker room here.

Goran Dragic - 18 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists  - Post game here.

Luol Deng - 15 points

Hassan Whiteside - 14 points, 10 rebounds, 2 blocks - Post game here

Michael Beasley - 9 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists.

This team is clicking at the right time, beating teams you thought it would lose to and now face a road trip where each win or loss would impact the playoff standings. How often does the NBA postseason outlook change? About a week ago, the Heat were #9 and now the they are aiming toward #6. As a result, this basketball town (yes I said basketball) has responded with ovations, cheers and that Seven Nation Army song that just won't go away.

By the way, thanks to my cousin for the great seats last night.