Posted 04 February 2013 - 11:54 PM
(Photo Credit: Issac Baldizon)
The Miami HEAT defeated the Charlotte Bobcats 99-94 Monday night, on the back end of a back-to-back. The game was close throughout before the HEAT pulled away late in the fourth quarter. The HEAT return to action Wednesday night against the Houston Rockets.
Impact Performance of the Night: LeBron James stole the show with 31 points, eight rebounds and eight assists. He was 13-for-14 from the field. If you’re wondering who else has done that since 1986, click here. That’s right. Nobody. The last person to do it was Wilt Chamberlain in 1967. James got all of his points within 10 feet. It was an impressive post display.
The Deciding Run: The Bobcats hung in the game, leading 74-73 with 7:45 left in the game. The HEAT proceeded to score the next 10 points, opening up a seven-point lead that gave the HEAT the necessary cushion. Chris Bosh, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Ray Allen all were involved during the run.
Play of the Game: We’ll go with the Norris Cole to LeBron James alley oop. LeBron brought the ball up the floor and attempted a pass to Cole, but it was tipped. Cole found a way to collect the ball and throw the perfect lob. James flushed it home, giving the HEAT a nine-point lead.
Efficiency Rating: Offensive Efficiency: 109.3; Defensive Efficiency: 101.3
Trend to Watch: LeBron James got all of his baskets from right around the rim. James used his size and strength advantage to bully Bobcats defenders. He went 13-for-14 from the field by taking high-efficiency shots. James’ continued work in the post is impressive. A number of his assists came from the high post, where he operated for much of the game.
The Takeaway: A win is a win. It wasn’t pretty, but the first game home from a long road trip is always tough and to compound things, it was the second night of a back-to-back. The HEAT found a way to make things work and it sets up the homestand nicely. With big games coming up against Western Conference contenders, the HEAT needed to grab this win. They did, and that’s all that matters.
Notes: Chris Bosh scored 23 points. Dwyane Wade added 20 points and a season-high 12 rebounds. Chris Andersen provided a boost off the bench, scoring four points and grabbing six rebounds in just 16 minutes of action. Dexter Pittman and Jarvis Varnado were inactive.
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