LeBron is out tonight replaced by James Jones Heat # 22. What size shoe does LeBron wear? Jones has a large shoe to fill. But Jones steps up with pride. Chris Bosh Heat # 1 puts the Heat on the score board with 3. NeNe Nuggets # 31 sneaks in for a basket. With a name like NeNe, look out. NeNe creeps back in for 2. Carlos Arroyo, Heat # 8 matches it for 2. When Nuggets Carmello Anthony # 15 gets in for a basket to take the score to 4-6, Bosh adds 2 to take the score to 6-6.
Wade is blocked by NeNe and draws the foul but at the line he stoops pretty low – seems he can hardly get up to shoot. LeBron is missing from the bench but the eyes of LeBron are upon you. Shoot up and in. Jones for 3, but the momentum is lost with a Heat turnover. Nice Arroyo long shot for 2 (11-10). Carmello’s in & out rebound goes to Wade. Sneaky NeNe looks right but passes left. James Jones gets a blocking foul and takes a hard hit to the floor.
Bosh gets a work out running up and back for 2. D. Wade drives to the basket but Al Harrington Nuggets # 7 won’t be out done and matches Wade’s drive. Into the 2nd quarter Heat’s Mike Miller # 13 falls but picks himself up and gets the rebound. Bosh’s foul on the arm causes an air ball but sends him to the line, it’s in. With 9:03 minutes left in the second quarter the Heat misses 5 rebounds as the Nuggets jump and jump for their own ball. Wade manages to get through all the stops to the basket. But Lawson gets a 2 pointer then steals Miami’s inbound ball, and gets the rebound.
The fouls get pretty rough. Wade takes a hit across the nose and another that lands him on the floor. JR Smith # 5 tries a nice 360 spin in the air that doesn’t make it to the hoop. He isn’t suffering from jet lag what’s his excuse? With double digit turn-overs the end of the second quarter approaches with little energy at the Heat bench. The low score at half time 43-60 reflects just how low you can go with little sleep. A Heat wave is needed. Let’s go, guys. Go get it. Wade comes back a powerful force getting the field goal and the foul adding an extra point to the score board. Bosh hits a smooth one moving the score up 2 points 48-62. Wade brings energy back 52-66. But the Nuggets match those the points.
After a long road trip and jet lag the Heat has low energy. Defense against the Denver Nuggets is lagging. But Champions never give up. The little energizers keep on going; even when it seems a far shot. Eddie House Heat # 55 comes in shooting and brings energy to put three in the basket and draws an offensive and a technical foul on the Nugget’s player JR Smith # 5 that takes Eddie House to the line.
“Go, go” hollers from somewhere in the stands as Arroyo jumps for 2 and again for 2 more. But the score is 56-70. Into the 3rd quarter and the Heat has more hesitation than movement as Denver gets its own rebounds. Bosh jumps for a block and gets the foul that takes him to the line and adds two points to the lagging indicator. 61-87 Carmello comes in and speeds up the game. But D, Wade uses adversity to his advantage. Chalmers for a steal to Bosh at the basket but Bosh gets pulled down by Harrington # 7 over the back. End of 3rd quarter the score reflects that the Heat is being outscored.
The road has taken a toll on the Heat. It’s time to come home and rejuvenate. 102-130 Mike Miller, Heat # 13 has been out with an injured thumb makes his first real entry with a shot late in the game. With the Heat trailing 95-125 Miller # 13 steps in, relaxed like it really doesn’t matter and he takes his best shot… and finds his rhythm. He’s backkk.