The LeBron-Wade show gets the Heat going. D Wade is falling back while shooting up but he stays focused on the rim and the basket is good (23-18). As Q 1 runs down LeBron gets the ball up to the other end for Mike Miller to hit 2 (27-25). Norris Cole # 30 accelerates into the paint for 2. D Wade # 3 explodes in Q2 hitting 9 of the Heat’s 11 shots (48-47). Wade misses a lob from Chalmers but it energizes the heat. Chalmers to Joel to punch it into the basket. LeBron goes down to the floor but calls time-out just in time allowing the Heat to take a lead at half-time. Q3 is off to the races with a LeBron rebound and pass to D. Wade and then a pass back to LeBron up, up and away. Chalmers follows up with 3 (60-49). Bosh misses but gets his own rebound then scores (62-51). Mario Chalmers # 15 hits 3. Hey, ref, that foul called on Mario wasn’t right. LeBron hits 3 and the crows gets energized shouting Defense, defense. Then they stomp their feet, “Let’s Go Heat,” as Chalmers races down center court with his wingman LeBron on his right and LeBron gets it in. LeBron’s 11th rebound insults in 2 and a behind the back switch from his right to his left he goes to the hoop and adds one at the line (80-65). Mike Miller adds 3 (87-68). Hey, Miller that foul, I would not have done that, with Mario on the bench with 4 fouls; we may need all 3 point shooters for the last 2 minutes of the game. With 6:50 left in Q4 Bosh is all alone headed to the rim. Miller takes the Heat score over 100 (101-78). Heat keeps its lead with a final score 109-95.
LeBron James # 6 rode in on his King James wheels today and is playing aggressive. He comes flying out of nowhere with a one-handed dunk (7-16). A bounce pass from Norris Cole # 30 to Chris Bosh # 1 sends Bosh to the rim. LeBron is on the bench with ice on his shoulder. (Someone give him a ride home so he can conserve his energy for tomorrow night’s game) Dewayne Wade # 3 is getting rebounds and sending Bosh and LeBron to the rim. (43-50) A block by Joel Anthony # 50 sends Wade to the rim. (58-61). LeBron draws a 3rd foul on Noah and adds 2 at the line (66-74). In Q4 Derrick Rose # 1 gets inside to tie the score (84-84). But in the next 5 minutes tempers run hot. Haslem draws an offensive foul on Boozer, his 5th. Then Wade headed to the basket, gets into a scuffle with Noah and words result in a double technical against Wade and Noah. That just made Wade mad. (84-91). Noah’s 5th foul sends Wade to the line. (86-92). The clock runs out on this game but the Heat hangs on to its lead 93-97.
Dewayne Wade # 3 comes back with his signature block before a point is scored by either side. LeBron James # 6 puts Miami on the score board with his signature throw-down. Amarie Stoudemire # 1 puts a block on Wade’s throw down but Wade comes back with a steal from Stoudemire, and lobs to LeBron for a slam dunk. 4-6. Joel Anthony # 50 gets his block in then a lob from LeBron to Wade sends Wade airborne for a slam dunk. Wade comes back with a right to left-handed dunk. Joel Anthony follows that up with another block. Then it’s Wade again with a steal and a dunk. (14-16). LeBron is under Mike Bibby # 20′s tight defense but he hammers home to tie the score 22-22. The Knicks take the lead hitting triples(31-26). Wade is headed coast to coast but Iman Shumpert # 21 tracks him down and stops him at the rim sending Wade to the line. Bill Walker # 5 is hot hitting triples. (39-38). Norris Cole # 30 is being chased down by the Knicks on his heels but sees his wing man LeBron behind and throws back for LeBron to clean up and throw down (39-44). Cole draws an offensive foul and goes flying across the paint; open from the corner Cole hits 2 (40-46). Walker hits his 4th triple, then Wade sets up LeBron for his 5th dunk (43-48). Walker hits his 5th triple (56-56) and then his 6th triple (59-58), then his 7th triple (62-58). All the time Joel Anthony is blocking and Wade is stealing and running to the rim (62-60). In Q4 the Knicks hit their 16th triple to tie the score 74-74). Wade hits 3 to put Miami in the lead 75-78. It’s getting hot in here. Chalmers steps out of his left shoe (79-84) and Stoudemire bulldozes LeBron out of bound. Then a hard foul by Bill Walker swinging a hatchet to bring LeBron down (79-88). but LeBron’s wing man, D. Wade comes to the rescue. A lob from LeBron to Wade gets the job done (79-88). Even after 17 triples the Knicks are still trailing (84-91). This was some game, 18 triples by the Knicks, the most ever against the Heat, but the Knicks were shooting only 36% to Miami’s 48% shooting. D Wade hit 28 points, 5 dunks, 5 steals, 2 blocks and LeBron hit 31 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assist. Not to mention contributions by Asst Coach David Fizdale to keep the Heat with a mindset to win with a final score 89-99.
The Miami Heat came back with a win against the Cleveland Cavaliers with a final score 85-92. Chris Bosh # 1 put 35 of those points on the board, 18 in Q4. That foul on Bosh (60-65) should have been a steal. It was a relief not to have to listen to all that hate talk. Cleveland seems to play better now that they are not so angry. Udonis Haslem # 40 came in double digits with 10 rebounds. Mario Chalmers # 15 hit 3 early in the game to put Miami on top (6-7). Shane Battier # 31 was drawing offensive fouls on Kyrie Irving # 2. Later LeBron James # 6 adds 2 to put Miami back in the lead. Norris Cole # 30 was warming up getting 2 in the paint (34-34). Half time came quick with a tied low score of 37-37. During half-time, LeBron had a perfect score (10) with Jason Jackson’s, Half-time with Jax. LeBron with 10 points now leads Mario Chalmers, Mike Miller and Chris Bosh with their tied scores of 7. Wow, the Heat players are smart and can play well.
The Miami Heat didn’t fare so well going up against the Milwaukee Bucks. Who would have thought it. With a final score of 91-82 the Bucks shot 34 percent but were like glue on the Heat with tight defense. You know it was tight when both sides went for nearly five minutes without scoring. (25-26). Even D. Wade may have gotten caught up in that net. Even though they lost, the Heat demonstrated good energy (LeBron’s ferocious back hand, with his back to the basket dunk 14-18) (LeBron’s left-handed lift off for 2, 51-55)(Battier says, “I’m not moving” and draws the charge 32-32), (Miller charges to the rim for the rebound 25-26) (Undonis Haslem leaps forward toward the rim but gets sent to the line at the beginning of Q2) (Bosh evens the score with a triple 46-46) (Chalmers races to the left to draw a blocking foul 48-49) (LeBron hits a long 2 to tie the score 57-57) (Udonis Haslem adds 2 to put Miami on top 60-61) (Bosh into the paint adding 2, 68-65) (Cole gets his own rebound and gets it in 71-69).
The problem was the Bucks gave the Heat no distance to dribble. ”Hey get off me, gimme my ball back.” Andrew Bogut # 6 was bogarding and the Heat took a beating. Pittman ended up with five stitches to his lip, that shut him down. Bogut gave LeBron an elbow jab trying to poke out his eye and roll his head across the floor. What, Joel Anthony # 50 a technical (28-28), what’s up with that. Hey ref, come on, pinning a technical foul on assistant coach Rothstein, he’s on the bench trying to do his job. Why didn’t you call a foul when Andrew Bogut hit LeBron James in the face and nearly poked out his eye with 2:15 left in Q4. Well that’s it for Bogut, he’s out with his 6th foul. But LeBron is holding his head. Hey D. Wade you’re looking dapper dan over there in your suit, but hurry up and get well, we may need you for the second half of the Superbowl.
The Lakers take an early lead but a tip in by Joel Anthony # 50 ties the score at 10-10. A jumper by Chris Bosh # 1gives Miami the lead. A 3 pointer by Mario Chalmers advances Miami’s lead by 5. Bosh hits a long 2 to end Q1 with Miami leading 20-27. Miller steals and drives to the other end but World Peace creates conflict at the rim. A triple by Miller gives Miami an 11 pont lead (22-33). LeBron James # 6 chasing down the ball ends up in the lap of a fan. That fan turns out to be the owner of the Marlins. James Jones # 22 comes in and adds 3 (26-40). Barnes grabs LeBron around the waist to stop the locomotive from barreling to the rim, sending Jones to the line where he adds 2. Then LeBron sees an opening through the defenders in the forest and races in the paint for 2 (31-44). With deep focus LeBron adds 3 (35-49). Mario Chalmers gets a steal and Shane Battier hits 3 (35-52). The Heat maintains its lead into Q3. After 18 minutes of intense play LeBron goes to the bench and Mike Miller comes in. Jumping for a rebound Miller finds himself on the floor with World Peace on top of him. The Heat leads 56-77 at the end of Q3. In a few minutes of play Curry # 34 contributes 2 (67-87). LeBron steals and is off to the races but Kobe stops that action sending LeBron to the line (69-99). LeBron returns the favor with an in-kind contribution at the other end when he rejects Bynam’s shot at the rim. LeBron gets his 4th steal and runs full court for a slam. Kobe hits 3 (79-92) with 3:02 minutes remaining in Q4. Kobe gets warmed up with his third triple but it’s a little too late. With the shot clock running down, Battier races into the paint for 2. Welcoming the contributions of Curry defending the rebound, Miami wins with a final score of 87-98.
LeBron James and the Miami Heat are firing up the flame for Kobe and his boys who are in town for a show-down in two hours. D. Wade’s foot might be wading in the water but his arms are ready for a touch down pass to his side-kick LeBron. Plus, Miller high has his back. Joel Anthony is noeling his song to the hoop with Mario Chalmers jumping for 3′s. Look up in the air for Chris Bosh he’ll be swinging from the rim, while James Jones will keep his distance firing 3′s. You might find Cole train anywhere on the court, he’s comfortable all over. Oh Yea, and my boy Udonis Haslem (number one rebounder) will be at the party waiting for the rebound. Miami knows how to set a fire so bring your little red wagon.
LeBron James # 6 puts Miami on the scoreboard followed by a jump fade away by Dewayne Wade # 3. Joel Anthony’s jump ball goes to the Heat but a turnover sends it to the other end. Trying to advance the score by 7 Wade sends a quick touch down pass to LeBron in the end zone but no touchdown gets registered (9-12). Udonis Haslem number one rebounder is in a cat fight to the rim. He adds 2 (18-28). With 9:37 remaining in Q2 Wade splits two defenders to add 2. Bosh runs into the paint adding 2 and draws a foul on Ne-Ne # 31 (29-37). Norris Cole # 30 followed by Bosh into the paint for 2 (32-37). A hustle by D. Wade saves the ball allowing Cole to score (36-39). LeBron in the paint gives the Heat a one point lead (40-39). A Heat turnover sends the nuggets racing for a lay-up but the Nuggets Coach George Karl gets hit with a technical. LeBron hits a deep 2 tying the score 45-45. Bosh at the line ties the score for the 8th time at 59-59. Heat and Nuggets run neck and neck again at 63-63. Dexter Pittman # 45 gets into the paint for 2 but gets hit with an offensive foul. Then Cole races to the rim but gets batted down. He adds 2 at the line. The end of Q3 Miami is up by 5 (81-86). Q4 hits D. Wade with a technical, his 4th foul (81-89). Wade to Bosh with a field goal adds 2 but Wade is down in pain with a turn to the right ankle (86-100) with 7:10 left in Q4. The Nuggets take advantage of the situation. Ty Lawson # 3 hits 3 (86-102). Miami struggles to the rim, just for a minute. Regrouping, LeBron hits 3 but Ne-Ne answers with 3 (91-108). In comes the Cole ”train” and steals then races to the other end. Mario Chalmers and Cole with some long shots secure the Heat’s lead with a final score 104-117. LeBron James ends the night with 35 points.
The game did not start until the Q2 after the Heat came back from 17 down. It really started in Q3 when Joel Anthony # 50 took a pass from LeBron James # 6 and showed us his slam dunk then LeBron hit a triple giving Miami the lead 68-69. Mario Chalmers hits his 3rd triple to advance the Heat 68-75. O my God, LeBron hits his 3rd that’s right 3rd triple. I’m sorry, I stand corrected, LeBron hits his 4th triple to give the Heat a quick 10 point lead (68-78), out shooting the Spurs 23 to 1. Now Miller steps into the game with his first triple (73-88), then his second triple (82-95), then his 3rd triple (80-93), then his 4th triple (82-100), then his 4th triple (87-105), then his 5th triple (87-110), then his 6th triple (89-115). Wade sits on the bench celebrating his birthday while LeBron and Bosh take care of business on the court adding 63 points on the score. Norris Cole add 2 to give Miami a final score of 98-120; its highest scoring game with 16 triples. Heat Coach Eric Spoelstra knew what he was doing when he tied Mike Miller to the bench till he couldn’t wait to get back in the game coming back strong 8 for 8 hitting 6 triples. Happy Birthday D. Wade.
Miami’s starting lineup of LeBron James # 6, Dewayne Wade # 3, Chris Bosh # 1, Mario Chalmers # 15 and Joel Anthony # 50 starts the new year off revved up against the upbeat, aggressive Bobcats, lead by Coach Paul Silas. Corey Maggette # 50 puts up a fierce battle; but Bosh with a pass from Chalmers attacks the basket and draws a foul adding 3 to the score (2-9). Bosh is back in the paint with 2 more. Anthony’s first foul stops the Bobcats’ second shot, sending D.J. Augustin # 14 to the line for 2. Bosh hammers home a lob from Chalmers (4-15). Chalmers hits 3 from the corner (6-20). Joel with a jumper adds 2 then Wade breaks out all alone in the half court adding 2 (8-24). The Heat is fired up as Chalmers on the run adds 2 (8-26), then Chalmers hits his 3rd triple from the corner (9-29). Hey Ref, that was a bad call. With a minute left in Q1 the Heat’s 20 point lead is reduced to 18 ending Q1 with a score of 15-33. Bosh is sent to the line with 3 shots and he makes good on his promise (21-44). Norris Cole # 30 streaks down to the rim adding 2 (27-48). Again Cole “Train” accelerates but he gets out-run surrounded by blue shirts. Bosh adds 2 and Joel comes behind him and cleans up adding 2 more (31-56). Udonis Haslem # 40 cleans up and Anthony comes back with 2 (37-60). Now the Bobcats are clawing, Kemba Walker # 1 holds LeBron to keep him from galloping to the rim but with 40 seconds left in the first half the Bobcats can’t keep a good man down, LeBron adds 2 (37-63). The Bobcats come back in Q3 with 3, reducing the Heat’s lead to 27 (40-67). D. Wade and LeBron utilize their football skills with a touchdown for 2, giving Wade 14,000 points. The Bobcats make off with a steal from LeBron but LeBron gets his ball back, it ends up caught in the rim (44-79). Did you see that? Bosh charges straight up the lane. Again LeBron’s pocket gets picked but he gets it right back (53-81). When Wade demonstrates his shot block the Bobcats get pissed off and come back aggressive. Chalmers hits a 3 pointer (59-88). At the line LeBron takes the Heat score to 90. Contributions from Terrel Harris # 14, Mickell Gladness # 32, and Dexter Pittman # 45 advances the score 69-113 in Q4. James Jones # 22 hits 3 to advance the Heat further in the lead (83-127). A Cole lob to Harris gives Miami a final score of 90-129. They played on all cylinders at 60 percent shooting. When asked about his nick name, “Speedo” Cole “the Train” said, “It’s not a nick name, it’s a state of mind.” Coach Eric Spoelstra said, “When you play well you get better.” Okay, 2012 is looking good.