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#1 Danny

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Posted 18 December 2013 - 10:55 PM

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The Miami HEAT overcame a second half deficit to defeat the Indiana Pacers 97-94 Wednesday night at AmericanAirlines Arena. With the win the HEAT pulled to within one game of the Pacers in the Eastern Conference standings.

 

Impact Performance of the Night: Against an opponent where points come at a premium, Dwyane Wade scored 32 on 15-of-25 shooting. Wade was able to get to the rim early on, which got him in rhythm for the rest of the game. Wade hit a few jumpers in the second half, but it was his post game that was so impressive. Wade has been one of the league’s best post players over the past few seasons and tonight showed why. When the HEAT needed a basket they dumped the ball into the post for Wade. He was able to shake his defender and get good, clean looks close to the rim. Without Wade handling the scoring burden for most of the night, the HEAT might not have pulled out the win.

 

The Deciding Run: The HEAT found themselves down 88-80 with 4:33 left in the game after Paul George and Lance Stephenson combined for five points. The HEAT finished the game on a 17-6 run, taking the lead late and hitting free throws to ice the game. The HEAT traded baskets for a few possessions, not able to gain any ground until Ray Allen grabbed a rebound and found a streaking Dwyane Wade for an easy dunk in transition. From there the HEAT took over. Chris Bosh and Ray Allen hit back to back threes to first tie the game then take the lead. Miami never looked back.

 

Play of the Game: Miami had really struggled from long range against the Indiana Pacers this season. In the first game the HEAT shot just 4-of-21 in the first meeting and struggled to get things going tonight. They started the evening 3-of-18, with many misses coming on clean looks. Finally, the HEAT were able to knock down a trey. LeBron James found an open Chris Bosh just to the left of the top of the key. Bosh drained the three, tying the game. The HEAT were able to force a Paul George miss and James secured the rebound. The HEAT took off on a 3-on-2 break, with James manning the middle, Bosh streaking down his left and Ray Allen streaking down his right. The Pacers failed to pick up Allen, a sin committed many times by opponents in Allen’s career, and they paid for it with a made three-pointer. The back-to-back threes put Miami ahead for the first time since the first quarter and ultimately put the game away.

 

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Efficiency Rating: Offensive Efficiency: 103.5; Defensive Efficiency: 98.6

 

Trend to Watch: For the second straight game against the Pacers, the HEAT were able to keep Indiana off the offensive glass as the Pacers finished the game with just six offensive rebounds. Miami doesn’t necessarily need to “win” the rebounding battle, but they have to find a way to neutralize the Pacers size advantage to give themselves a chance. Tonight we saw the Chris Bosh-Chris Andersen pairing play more than they had in any game before. Also, the HEAT used all five players on the floor to attack the boards. LeBron James finished with nine rebounds and Ray Allen finished with seven. They were attacking the glass from the wings as HEAT bigs blocked out. There will never be a player that grabs double digit rebounds every night for the HEAT, but tonight they showed that that doesn’t matter. When the whole team is committed to cleaning the glass, they have more than enough.

 

The Takeaway: That was a lot of fun and looked nothing like a game in mid-December. Dwyane Wade got the nod for the Impact Performance of the Night, but it should really go to all 19 players that took the floor tonight. There was great shot-making on display to counter the terrific defense. There were hard fouls and physical play all over the floor. There was drama that you don’t often encounter at this point in the season. In the long run, there isn’t much to takeaway from tonight. The Pacers scored at a fairly efficient clip against the HEAT, but that’s happened before. The HEAT kept the Pacers off the glass and more than held their own in the rebounding category, but that’s happened before. These are two teams that know each other quite well and it showed. If we’re lucky, we’ll get another game or two like this the rest of the regular season. Both teams played hard. Both teams played well. And we are lucky that we got to witness such high-level baskeball.

 

Notes: LeBron James finished with 24 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. Chris Bosh added 15 points and eight rebounds. Greg Oden and Michael Beasley were inactive.

 

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#2 Maroko

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Posted 18 December 2013 - 11:00 PM

Great team effort !

 

LOL @ PEOPLE SAYING IT WAS JUST THE REGULAR SEASOn

 

FOR ONCE THE FORUM WAS VERY ACTIVE ! 

 

Minus the usual wade's homer OF COURSE ! Trying to exist by dismissing LeBron LOL 


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#3 Maroko

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Posted 18 December 2013 - 11:07 PM

But you told to Danny that you put me in your ignore list but you keep quotiing me UH and making every thread derailing !

 

 

I am all facts and bring the stats to prove it when you bring nothing 

 

I posted more good things on Wade than you !

 

 

Check that thread : http://fans.heat.nba...-25-2011/page-6

 

 

OK THX BYE 

 

AND PLEASE DONT MAKE THAT THREAD DERAILING AGAIN

 

MUCH APPRECIATE 


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Posted 18 December 2013 - 11:15 PM

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Posted 18 December 2013 - 11:20 PM

Nice game to watch nonetheless. Im happy we pulled the win despite the faulty calls in the first half. Hibbert is a fraud and vogel is a cry baby. I was very happy with the resolve and fight we showed by climbing back from 15. Ray came up extra clutch at the end. But we really just need our role players to play consistent.


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Posted 18 December 2013 - 11:27 PM

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- Great team effort !

- LeBron : 24 pts, 9 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 steals and a top defense on Paul George

- Wade : His offense looks good but he has to play off the ball, he tried to carry the ball too much with the 2nd unit 

- Bosh ! When he is aggressive, we are very hard to beat ! This time he challenged Hibbert by using his quickness !  A clutch 3 !

- Cole's defense ! He was off offensively but he brings so much energy !

- Ray was off tonight but he scored that 3 when we needed it the most ! And 7 rebounds WOW 

The Pacers ! Every win against them has a great flavor !

 

 

(-) 

 

- Rio !!!! 

- Rashard is still off with his shot !


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Posted 18 December 2013 - 11:37 PM

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Posted 18 December 2013 - 11:38 PM

Rashard will make way for Beasley soon enough.



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Posted 18 December 2013 - 11:41 PM

Glad the Heat won this big early season game even though they played sloppy throughout the game and struggled shooting from 3 point range going 5-21. Positive things to take away from this game are we out rebounded Indiana 37-36, Wade had a season high 32 points tonight which was huge, Lebron with a messed up ankle scored 24 points, 9 reb, 7 ast, 3 steals lol he played real good but I feel Miami should sit him out next game against the Kings here at home.



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Posted 18 December 2013 - 11:41 PM

Ray with the 7 rebs.


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Posted 18 December 2013 - 11:47 PM

The game didn't mean much other then us gaining a game on Indiana. Nevertheless it was an awesome game to watch. Wade has been fantastic lately, I really love seeing him healthy and attacking. We need to give him all the rest in the world before the post season. LeBron played great considering he was on a bum ankle. Role players were pretty terrible for the most part with all the missed 3's but came up big in the end. I hope Beasley gets healthy soon, we miss his scoring punch off the bench. Also really liked that 2 man lineup with Bosh and Birdman. They did a serviceable job on the boards and were fantastic defensively. I hope we get to see a Bosh and Oden lineup sometime this year against the Pacers as well.


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Posted 18 December 2013 - 11:47 PM

(+) 

 

- Great team effort !

- LeBron : 24 pts, 9 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 steals and a top defense on Paul George

- Wade : His offense looks good but he has to play off the ball, he tried to carry the ball too much with the 2nd unit 

- Bosh ! When he is aggressive, we are very hard to beat ! This time he challenged Hibbert by using his quickness !  A clutch 3 !

- Cole's defense ! He was off offensively but he brings so much energy !

- Ray was off tonight but he scored that 3 when we needed it the most ! And 7 rebounds WOW 

The Pacers ! Every win against them has a great flavor !

 

 

(-) 

 

- Rio !!!! 

- Rashard is still off with his shot !

Even though Bosh has struggled making 3 point shots of late he sure made it count when he ended his funk tonight making a clutch 3 point shot and he also had 8 rebounds tonight which was the second most of anyone and really him being aggressive and getting Hibbert in foul trouble was a huge reason we won tonight in a game that we did not play our best until the end.



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Posted 19 December 2013 - 12:23 AM

MVP of the game was Frank Vogel for keeping Hibbert in the game with 4 fouls in the 3rd quarter and allowing Big Hib to get his 5th foul right afterwards.

 

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Posted 19 December 2013 - 12:38 AM

Pacers suck

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Posted 19 December 2013 - 12:56 AM

Wade has been fantastic lately, I really love seeing him healthy and attacking. We need to give him all the rest in the world before the post season. 

 

He's looked really great in the post the last two games. He had been struggling down there after the injuries last season. It'll make a big difference for the HEAT offense.



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Posted 19 December 2013 - 01:21 AM

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Posted 19 December 2013 - 09:41 AM

The topic if decison Hibbert being in foul trouble. Saying the refs out him there. Lmfaooooo
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Posted 19 December 2013 - 11:16 AM

The HEAT kept making runs and nipping away at the lead until it happend. The officiating was frustrating in that neither Team can say it was in their favor. We will be fine as the season plays out, especially when Beasley returns to the lineup.

 


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Posted 19 December 2013 - 11:42 AM

I'm looking forward to Oden's return.... As long as he's healthy, hippert won't be able to do any damage.... 



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Posted 19 December 2013 - 11:43 AM

And next time, hoping that Beasley plays, he can defend david west, another clown on indiana's roster....







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