Heat Reaction: Postgame grades
LeBron James 10-19 FG | 8-11 FT | 3 REB | 8 AST | 28 PTS | +6
Seconds after somehow completing a 360-degree, through-the-legs, off-the-backboard dunk in pregame warmups, LeBron kicked off the game by using Tyler Zeller as a 7-foot hurdle for a dunk. That was LeBron's game in a nutshell until a passive fourth quarter that was oddly reminiscent of 2011 NBA Finals LeBron. Didn't matter, as Dwyane Wade came to the rescue.
Dwyane Wade 11-22 FG | 2-3 FT | 5 REB | 6 AST | 24 PTS | -6
What a finish. Wade took over late in the fourth, when Miami desperately needed some resuscitation, and showed no mercy. And you can add yet another one to the long list of Wade-to-LeBron lobs. A first-quarter fast break ended with Wade tossing up the ball impossibly high to LeBron, presumably just to see if LeBron could grab it. He did.
Chris Bosh 3-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 7 PTS | +10
Bosh turned into Alonzo Mourning, who was watching from the fourth row, for a stretch there. In the third quarter, Bosh swatted Tristan Thompson on one possession and then denied Dion Waiters on the next. Yes, there was a lot of post-block screaming going on. But Bosh was quiet outside of that. He struggled to put a dent against Tristan Thompson or Marreese Speights for much of the game.
Kyrie Irving 6-16 FG | 3-3 FT | 2 REB | 5 AST | 17 PTS | -12
The fans got their money's worth. With the Heat's defense getting obliterated by the Cavs in the second half, LeBron James switched onto Irving late and it ended any Cavaliers momentum. Irving juked LeBron on multiple occasions, but couldn't finish his resulting shots. Dion Waiters had a special game, but Irving did his best to put on a show. Then Wade happened.
Heartbreaking loss. In a game that featured four-All-Stars, it was actually C.J. Miles who pulled off the most impressive feat of the day: a rare five-point play. At the end of the third quarter, Mario Chalmers fouled Miles on a 3-pointer, which sparked a technical-inducing rant by Erik Spoelstra. Don't see that every day. Also, don't see the Heat looking vulnerable. Credit the Cavs for a huge effort.
After Sunday, the Heat are riding an 11-game win streak and have outscored opponents by an average of 12.8 points per game.
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