The Miami HEAT improved to 17-6 on the season with a 110-95 victory over the Dallas Mavericks. The HEAT jumped out of the gates, building an early lead that they would never relinquish. The HEAT return to action Saturday night at AmericanAirlines Arena when the Utah Jazz come to town.
Impact Performance of the Night: LeBron James controlled the game from the outset. James made his first six shots, and finished with 13 points in the first quarter. For the game, James scored 24 points, grabbed nine rebounds and dished out five assists.
The Deciding Run: The HEAT raced out to a 27-13 lead nine minutes into the game. The Mavericks were able to close the gap to five points once, but the game was never really in doubt.
Play of the Game: Dwyane Wade and LeBron James have connected for fullcourt magic quite a few times since the 2011 season. Tonight’s touchdown pass looked a little different. Wade lobbed the ball high in the air and James snatched it above two Mavericks and laid it in. It wasn’t something we see on a basketball court very often.
Trend to Watch: The defense has now churned out six consecutive strong efforts. The last three games in particular have been exceptional. A multitude of factors have contributed to the strong performances. This is what HEAT fans have grown accustomed to the past couple of seasons.
The Takeaway: This blowout was a little unexpected. The Mavericks were without Dirk Nowitzki and Elton Brand, but they’ve played decent basketball. The HEAT came in and set the tone very early. Quick starts haven’t been all that common this season. Getting the heavy lifting done early allowed the HEAT starters to get some rest in the second half. It wasn’t a flawless victory, but it was close.
Notes: Dwyane Wade finished with 19 points, six assists and five rebounds. Chris Bosh finished 17 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Shane Battier and Ray Allen scored in double figures. Josh Harrellson and Terrel Harris were inactive.
If I'd to complain about something,it'd be the way the second unit closed out the game.In a word,it was sloppy.Personally,I feel as if the second unit should be able to come in without much let up.Just my opinion...TEAM HEAT since '88!
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