Knicks v Heat Playoff Game 1
Eastern Conference, First Round, Game 1 of the playoffs at American Airlines Arena, is Exhibit A to demonstrate why LeBron James deserves MVP. LeBron’s 32 points off 14 shots, help push the Heat’s lead so far ahead that LeBron cruises through Q4 on the bench. With a mindset to win, LeBron is driven with an intensity that rises the tide of everyone’s boat. Wade’s 2-handed slam in the first half and LeBron’s diving slam contribute to the Heat’s 21-point half-time lead. Dominating from start to finish, Heat wins with a final score 67-100. LeBron’s energy contributes to 27 turnovers by the Knicks resulting in 38 Heat points.
In a thuggish play LeBron gets hit on the back of the neck and goes down (43-31). A flagrant 2 nearly sends Tyson Chandler out of the game, but after review the call is down graded to a flagrant 1. Going into half-time an interception by LeBron, gives the Heat a 21-point lead (31-52). A technical is called on Carmelo Anthony #7 (32-56) LeBron goes under the basket and shifts the ball from his right to left hand and it goes in (31-59). Shot clock is down to 4, a new shot clock to New York but LeBron jumps in for a steal, then a pass to Mario Chalmers for 3 (31-62). LeBron has hit 27 of the Heat’s total points, compared to New York’s 33 total points. New York gains energy with a 3-pointer, and a turnover by the Heat (38-62). A Heat pass goes right through Bosh’s hands. Under the rim, LeBron turns his back and the rebound drops right behind him. Bosh hits 2 (40-64) 3Q 6:40. The shot clock winds down on the Knicks. A turnover from the Heat to New York goes back to the Heat. Wade gets his shot and the foul, leaving Iman Shumpert # 21 down on the floor in the back-court grimacing in pain, grabbing his left knee. I can feel his pain all the way over here as he is taken off the court. Iman Shumpert is an important part to the Knicks’ defense. LeBron hustles down the court them jumps, Haslem gets the rebound and Bosh comes in to clean up (40-69). Q3 5:20. Smith hits a long 2. Chalmers missing a 3 leads to a 24-second violation (44-69). A turnover by Smith # 8, Heat ball. Wade banks it adding 2 (44-71). Bosh maintains good balance as he bats the Knicks’ ball out of the rim and sends the ball back to Miami. Haslem with his second rebound passes to Battier for 3, its off but Miller cleans up with 3 (44-74). Now Miller with a steal sends it to James, it rims out but Haslem sends it back for 2 (44-76). Smith is open for 3 (47-76). Miller’s 3 is no good but Battier with the rebound sends LeBron flying to the rim adding 2 (47-78). The ball goes out-of-bounds on the Knicks. A stumble causes Battier to travel. The Knicks’ ball goes flying into the stands (47-78). James puts up a 3 from downtown bringing the 3rd quarter to an end with Heat leading 47-81. New York is shooting 34%. The 4th Quarter starts with Miller shooting 3 (47-84). Miller with a rebound. Miller’s shot rims out. “Where is the cleanup team? Where is the rebound team?” Rebound goes to the Knicks. Shot fake, Steve Novak # 16 hits 3 (50-84). Mario Chalmers # 15 responds with 2 (50-86). Amare Stoudemire # 1 reaches up to dunk but Joel Anthony # 50 reaches from behind and blocks the ball before it leaves Stoudemire’s hands, sending it the other way. Stoudemire goes to the line for 1 (53-88). 9:14 remain in Q4. Tyson Chandler and Baron Davis # 85 both with 4 fouls. Heat ball gets deflected into the back court by New York but Wade recovers. Look out, Wade is on a mission. “Get out of my way.” Wade goes flying to the rim. After 5 passes Wade goes under the basket, ducks down while throwing the ball up from down-under and ends up sliding across the paint. Guess what? It’s good (57-90). The Heat is on now, with two steals, then James Jones hits 3 (63-93). Norris Cole # 30 is tight on Mike Bibby # 20. Heat gets a 24-second violation with 3:11 left in the game, but with a solid lead. Jones hits again (63-95). Fans head to the exits, but they’ll be back on Monday night. James Jones hits another 3 to take the score to 100 (65-100). Tough and committed, the Heat takes several charges, pounding them to the floor. Anticipate that the New York Knicks will make the necessary adjustments to apply the pressure on Monday. It’s not over till it’s over. Til then, dominate.
The Heat loses the ball to the Celtics, but gets it back. Shane Battier fires for 3 and its good to put Miami on the board after a minute and half into the game (3-0). The big 3, LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dewayne Wade are all on the bench. A rebound leads to a jump ball between Dexter Pittman # 45 and Pierce. Mike Miller’s rhythm is off on two open 3′s. A behind the back bounce pass is impressive but not productive for Boston (3-0). Dexter Pitman hits 2 with an over the shoulder hook. A defensive 3 second violation is called on Boston. A turnover from Heat to Boston goes back to the Heat then out-of-bounds with 7:54 remaining in Q 1. Boston has not left the starting gate. The score is still at zero. Offensive foul on Pitman with five minutes left in Q1. Boston is still at the starting gate with a broken horse. Mario Chalmers # 15 skips into the paint with a jump to the basket. Boston’s energy is down, they can’t get up because the 3 stars are on the bench. The energy that the 3-kings bring to the game is missing. Boston is dealing with a mind game, they are looking for what is not there. “Coach, who am I guarding if LeBron, Wade, and Bosh are not in the game?” The game is not the same. But a travel sends Boston’s ball to Miami. Battier hits 2 (11-0). Pitman slams out what Boston tries to get in. After 6 minutes Pierce # 34 hits 2 to get Boston out of the starting gate. Marquis Daniels# 4 in his neon green shoes adds energy to the game while, helping the environment. A three-second violation called on Heat. Where’s Miami’s defense? At the other side of the court (11-4). A steal by Boston, the sleeping giant is waking up (11-4). The Heat with 8 turnovers to the Celtics’ 6. Pitman goes up for 2, no good, but he gets the rebound and gets it in on the second attempt (13-4). Pierce for 3, no good, rebound to Haslem. Chalmers with the rebound heads to the other end. Heat loses ball to Celtics but Heats gets it back. Battier to Cole for 2 (17-10) Avery Bradley # 0 goes up but shot blocker Joel Anthony # 50 puts a stop to that action. Boston gets a new shot clock with seconds in Q1 but no score. Boston sees its lowest scoring first quarter of the season. Boston gets a block from behind by the Heat. A foul sends Sean Williams # 56 to the line. A lane violation causes a disruption for Miami. Miami now sleeping, allows the Celtics to get into the paint for 2 (17-15). Q2 Juan Howard with a fade away, but the ball fades from the rim.
Wired, coach Spoelstra says, “We need shots.” Boston says, Space the floor”. Q2 8:11. Norris Cole pulls up but it’s no good. James Jones # 22 hits a clean 3 to put Miami back in the lead 20-18. JaJuan Johnson # 12 gets a charging fowl from Anthony. Jones # 22 hits a 2nd three (23-18). Keyon Dooling # 51 fights desperately to make his way to the rim in his green neon shoes, like a weed winding through the grass. the ball rims out, keeping Boston 3 points behind. Doolings is left on the floor holding his eye, while James Jones # 22 goes on to knock down his 3rd triple. With a cut under his right eye, Dooling heads off the floor into the locker room. Norris Cole # 30 gets his shot batted out. Juan Howard in and out. Daniels # 4 hits the bucket and draws the foul. Daniels hits 2 to bring Boston within 1 (26-25). Pitman throws it down hanging from the rim (32-25). Boston’s offense goes all the way to the rim and tightens its defense. Chalmers gets inside and hits 2 (34-28). Ryan Hollins # 50 under the rim trying to get his shot up is unsuccessful, but Pitman’s 3rd foul sends Hollins to the line, no good. Half time score is a record low (34-28). Mario runs in with his head down, a loose ball foul is called on Chalmers (34-30). Mike Miller hits 3 (37-30). A blocked shot by Pittman sends Bradley to the line. Haslem with a bounce pass hits 2. Dooling hits 2 (39-32). Brandley runs all the way from the south pole to the north pole (42-34). Pitman jumps to the rim adding 2 (44-34). Mike Miller hits 3 (42-32). Heat has a ten point lead (46-36) 3Q with 5:52 remaining in Q3. A rebound puts Drew St and Anthony # 50 in a tangle, resulting in a jump ball. Despite the Heat’s tight defense, Sasha Pavlovic hits 2 to bring Boston’s score within 4 (46-42). The Heat with 3 seconds on the shot clock gets a fresh shot clock 2:55 Q3 (46-44). Terrell Harris brings defensive energy but gets his 4th foul. Brandon Bass # 30 hits 2 to tie the score with 1:36 in Q3. James Jones hits his 3rd triple. Now the score is tied at 48-48 with 27 seconds in Q 3. Pavlovic gives Boston a 2 point lead then Cole ties the score at 50-50 as Q 3 comes to an end. Howard holds the ball open allowing Boston to steal and race home free for 2. Then Howard returns the steal but gets blocked by Johnson with 8:25 left. Sean Williams # 56 attempts to dunk over Joel. blocked by Sean Williams 52-56 7:54 Q 4. Juan Howard snaps down a rebound then Howard hits an over the shoulder throw down. Heat gets disrupted with a steal, a block and a dunk. Now a travel by Juan Howard keeps his basket from counting. Boston cruises 6 ahead of the Heat (54-60) in Q4. Heat takes its first free throw in 4Q (56-60). Looking for someone to pass to, “Hey you are wide open shoot the ball.” Heat misses an opportunity to shoot. The ball goes to Celtics and Pavlovic hits 3 (56-65). Chalmers a 79 % free throw shooter gets 3 points at the line (58-65). Heat is down by 7. Shawn Williams # 56 get an offensive foul call. Daniels with a score and a foul goes to the line. A little too late Heat cannot recover its rhythm with 3:44 in Q 4. Moving too fast, a traveling violation results in Miami’s 23rd turnover.Pavlovic hits 3 to take Celtics on an 11-point lead (60-71). Pavlovic hits another 3. (60-76). After 13 unanswered points Norris Cole hits 2 and goes to the line. Pitman slams in a dunk with 40 seconds in the game (64-78). Daniels gets rejected by Pitman. Pitman scores again. Miami goes down with its lowest scoring game with a final score of 66-78. The Heat maintains its position as # 2 seed in the East behind Chicago with a record of 48-16.
With no Chris Bosh, Dewayne Wade, Mario Chalmers, or Ronny Touriaf, playing for the Heat, the Rockets led by as much as 13 in the first quarter. But the Heat bench played with intensity to win. With 7 unanswered points the Rockets holds the lead by 10 (34-24). Patterson hits 3 (38-28). After rapid ball movement Norris Cole # 30 goes up with a left-handed hook (38-32). The Rockets get back Cole’s steal. Joel Anthony’s block stops the Rockets, then on a fast break, Joel goes to the other end and rams the ball in the basket (38-34). LeBron James # 6 with the rebound draws a foul in the paint. Another steal for the Heat, Shane Battier’s 3rd. Cole over Marcus Camby # 29 takes a hit but makes the hook (38-37). A foul called on LeBron sends Corney Lee #5 to the line with 3:05 minutes left in Q2. LeBron adds 2 in the paint (40-39), then takes a steal. Miami goes on a run to bring the score within 2 (44-42). With a hand in his face and 25 seconds in the first half, Mike Miller # 13 hits 3 to put Miami in the lead (44-45). Udonis Haslem # 40 takes a quick dribble into the paint, then goes for 2. He gains another point at the line. A couple of Heat players end up on the floor. LeBron hangs in the air but Dexter Pitman # 45 hears the distress calls and comes in to clean up (51-50). Udonis blocks from behind then takes it home for 2 (57-50). Back court violation on rockets sends the ball back to the Heat (57-50). James Jones gets fouled on a 3-point play. LeBron stops a shot then with fast break on a fade away gains 2 (59-55). Parsons hits 3. Lee makes a steal on LeBron’s pass but LeBron tracks him down with intensity. Lee goes up to the rim with LeBron in hot pursuit. LeBron hangs in the air to catch the ball just after it’s released from Lee’s hands; LeBron stops it at the rim, just snatches it right out of the air. That’s why LeBron is a candidate for the best defensive player in the NBA. Battier hits his second triple (64-58). LeBron powers to the rim (66-60). Battier throws a hook shot over a defender. Harris with a block stops the Rockets offense then LeBron quickly converts and avoids a charge by moving to the right to take it to the rim reducing the Rocket’s lead to 2 (66-64). Harris hits 2, then a travel on the Rockets seconds before the end of Q3 benefits the Heat. Three points down the Heat can’t make the point in time to tie the score. Harris races to the rim, the ball rolls out, but Cole cleans up (69-68). Luis Scola # 4 hits 2. More passing than shooting, Heat’s offense converts to effective defense causing a 24-second violation. The Rockets hit 3 but a little late, after the buzzer goes off (71-71). Lee hits 3 with 8:32 left in the 4th. A goal tend call on Curtney Lee. The Heat’s offensive rhythm is off shooting 3 for 13, 7:35 in the 4th. Corney Lee attempts to slam but it bounces back out. Patterson cleans up and puts it back in. Cole hits 3 in Q4 with 5:05 remaining (79-77). With 2 at the line Cole ties the score at 79. Haslem’s defense stops the Rockets’ score. LeBron’s bounce pass gets kicked by Patterson with 15 left on the shot clock. A shot and a good hustle gives the Heat a new reset on the shot clock then sends LeBron to the line. Haslem draws a charge (79-81). LeBron dribbles in dodging to the rim for 2 with 2:38 in Q4 (83-83). Then LeBron hits a much needed 3-pointer. Then Miller hits another 3 sending the fans to their feet (83-89). Heat’s offense gets Haslem’s rebound to LeBron with a fresh shot clock. With 4 seconds to shoot James Jones leaves 3-point land and hits 2 with 1:14 in Q4 (83-91). LeBron goes to the rim for 2 (85-93). The Rockets turnover again. James Jones at the line adds 2 (85-95). The Heat maintains its intensity to the final score of 88-97, with 19 Rocket turnovers.
The Heat rocketed on a 14 to 3 run in Q4 to dominate the final score and maintain their record of best home game victories, Heat’s 46-18 record trails the Chicago Bulls, the horse closest to the finish line in this race with the leading record 48-16. In the NBA Western Conference the Spurs with a 46-16 record and the Oklahoma Thunder (46-18) battle to dominate the home court advantage in the playoffs.
LeBron James, candidate for MVP and the # 3 scorer in NBA, contributes 32 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 assist to the team win. The bench trio, Battier, Haslem, and Miller made their contribution. Mike Miller and Joel Anthony added 11 points each and 6 rebounds. Shane Battier with 9 points, Udonis with 11 rebounds, and Miller with 11 points contributed a third of the score. Norris Cole rocked like the soul plane with 11 points. “Stay sharp and be ready when your number is called,” is Cole train’s mindset. That could apply to all of us. Stay intense and on top of your game.
Wizzards in the Heat’s house with 10 wins and 62 losses. Their claim to fame is that they got better and beat Chicago and now the Heat with a final score of 86-84. The Heat offense was slow out the gate, as the Wizzards rolled on. Three minutes into the game Dewayne Wade gets his right hand tangled up in the jersey of a Wizzard sending him
to the locker room in pain with a dislocated finger. Chris Bosh and LeBron James are undressed on the bench. We might need LeBron tonight. Norris Cole # 30 races down the court with speed, but his head is down focusing on the defender riding tandem on his side. Norris makes it to the rim but his rhythm and focus are off and the shot is no good. End of Q1 Wizzards lead by 8 (23-15). Q2 Norris Cole picks up a foul when Jwan Howard’s sneaker comes off (24-15). Miller hits his second triple (26-20). Joel Anthony scores just before the shot clock goes off (28-22). Maurice Evans # 6 hits 3 after the Wizzards’ 5th turnover (31-22). Q2 Joel Anthony at the line adds 1. Heat throws away long shot to Evans for a dunk. Heat is down 10 (33-23). Udonis Haslem # 40 comes up short, but then falls into the basket for 2 (33-25). The Ref is non-responsive to that contact, no call for Haslem. Dunk by John Wall # 2 (36-25). Heat gives up its 11th turnover Q2 4:15. Kevin Seraphin # 13 fouls Dexter Pitman # 45 and adds 2 at the line (36-27).
Ronny Touriaf # 21 is out with a ham string. Bosh sits on the bench in an eye-catching royal blue suit. Pitman’s first attempt is no good but the 2nd time is good with assistance from Haslem (36-31). Crawford heads to the rim wide open, but Pitman comes out of nowhere rejecting his shot with a clean block. Shot clock winds down for the Wizzards. Mario Chalmers # 15 hits 2 (37-33). Anthony goes up but a block stops and brings him back down. Mike Miller # 13 gets a rebound. Wizzards score 13 points off 12 Heat turnovers. Chalmers goes into the paint and to the rim but the ball slides off (42-35). Chalmers gets through adding 2, as half time approaches. Then Crawford shoots 3 from half court as the half-time buzzer goes off, leaving the Heat behind (45-37).
Q3 “Fake, fooled you.” A double pump fake sends the Wizzards up 2 (49-38). James Jones does what he does best, hits a clean 3 (49-41). 10:40 left in Q3 Heat loses the ball, its 14th turnover. Pitman taking a bounce pass slams it in (51-43). Udonis Haslem draws a charge
for another Wizzard turnover. Coach Spoelstra wipes his brow. To his side on the bench superman has gone into his telephone booth and changed into his cape and ready for action, but a no call by the Coach leaves him on the bench eager to spring. Harris hits 2 (57-45). Q3 6:27. Chalmers picks up a loose ball but gets fouled by Wall. Chalmers fakes a 3 then shoots just as the shot clock winds down. Haslem makes his 11th rebound. James Jones hits 3 (57-51), then hits another triple to bring the score within 3 (57-54). Ne-Ne # 42 hits 2 (59-54). Chalmers steals but gets fouled. Norris Cole 6’2″ goes up against Evans 6’3″ and hits 2. James Jones draws offensive foul by Ne-Ne. Norris Cole hits 2 (63-58). Haslem gets his 14th rebound as the fans stomp and shout, “Lets go Heat.” With 4 on the shot clock, Haslem scores with an over the shoulder right-handed hook. Norris Cole 6’2″ goes up with a hook but a Wizzard holds the ball, he sends it to Miller # 13 with 22 seconds in Q3. Norris Cole goes to the rim and Mike Miller cleans up. Joel Anthony #50 is in and out but Miller cleans up to put Miami in the lead (63-64). Carter Martin # 20 hits 3. Mike Miller responds with 3 to give the Heat the lead back (66-67). Battier forces a turnover to maintain Miami’s lead. Miller buries another triple (66-70). Miami from 14 down is leading by 4. Ne-Ne with a finger roll adds 2 (68-70), then a lay-up by Ne-Ne
evens the score (70-70) with 7:33 remaining. On the Heat’s 21st turnover, Evans hits 3 giving the Wizzards a 5 point lead (75-70). Cole keeping his focus on the rim goes up and takes a hit but finds the hoop. Chalmers races in under the rim with his head down and throws the ball up, but it’s no good; Cole takes it in for 2 (75-74). Martin hit s 3 (78-74), then Cole gets hit and called with a blocking foul. Battier snatches a rebound. Heat is down 4 with 4:12 minutes left. Norris Cole hits 2 (78-77). Haslem gets hit with his 4th foul with 3:36 (80-77). Chalmers attacks the basket and draws the foul (80-79). At the line, Battier ties the score at 82 with just over a minuet to play. The Wizzards go up by 2 with 46 seconds (84-82). Udonis Haslem gets his 15th rebound and slams the basket back in. Haslem dives in to the rim with his mouth piece hanging out and cleans up, tying the score 84-84. Ne-Ne scores on the inbound with a pass from John Wall (86-84). Unable to convert with .04 seconds left the Heat suffers its 18th loss. It’s considerate of the Coach that the health of the players was more important than winning tonight’s game. Somebody tell superman that, cause he heard in the huddle, “Winning is everything. If you not first, you last.”
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Chicago in the Heat’s house. The Heat has the best home record and Chicago has the best record on the road. Chris Bosh # 1 joins Derrick Rose # 1 on the bench tonight. Mario Chalmers # 15 starts out warmed up putting Miami on the map. LeBron James # 6 hits 3 (4-5). Chalmers is moving so fast he left the ball behind, but he’s getting the job done, flying right along with Joakim Noah # 13. Dexter Pitman # 45 hits 2 (10-11), then cleaning up Pitman blocks Noah but gets a 2nd foul. LeBron goes to the rim but Noah’s arm is like a polo stick chopping and sending LeBron to the line. Chalmers with that Wade look of concentration in his eyes hits a triple. LeBron with his head down goes into the paint for 2 (14-18) then gets the rebound at the other end. LeBron on a fade away hits 2 (18-21). Luoi Deng # 9 is under the rim, he shifts hands and throws up to the rim for 2 (20-21). Chicago catches up. Heats third turnover energizes LeBron. He hits 2 at the line (23-25), hits 2 off the paint, then gets a 5th rebound. Q 1 ends (23-27). Mike Miller takes a bounce pass but it doesn’t quite make it to the basket. John Lucas III # 15 hits 3 from the corner to take Chicago in the lead 29-27. Joel Anthony # 50 under the rim adds 2. LeBron goes out, James Jones # 22 comes in (29-29). Ryan at the free throw line converts only 1 (30-29). Norris Cole # 30 cuts in under the rim for 2. Wade snakes in and uses his body to shield the defense, then throws over his right shoulder. It’s good (30-33). Some words exchange between Wade and Noah. “Hey, what’s the deal?” James Jones gets hit with a flagrant 2. “I can’t believe they put him out of the game.” Legs and arms fly all the time. Jones is out of the game and pissed. Now the fight is on. Fighting under the rim LeBron gets help from Dexter Pittman. As the intense rivalry between the Bulls and the Heat flairs up, Udonis Haslem # 40 comes in with a slam to bring Miami within a point (38-37). Some scuffling not quite a fight, LeBron gets the ball to Wade for 2 and Noah picks up his 2nd foul (40-42). LeBron jumps into the paint for 2. Chalmers intercepts Carlos Boozer’s pass and adds 2 (40-45). Chalmers trips nearly falling into the basket, then goes to the line adding 1 (40-48). Fast ball movement Heat ball out-of-bounds. Now a flagrant 1 on Wade for elbowing Richard Hamilton # 32 out-of-bounds. “Hey Ref, Hamilton shoved Wade first.” So anyway, Wade says, “I’ll show you,” and he does. Don’t get mad, get even. You should know not to piss that man off. Thank you Hamilton. D Wade is back. He intercepts the ball and goes racing to the rim for 2. 3Q 8:42 44-50. D. Wade grabs the inbound and junks it, I mean dunks it (44-52). Hamilton fouls Wade sending him to the line for another point (46- 53). LeBron is intense, talking to himself walking down the floor. Wade hits 2 (48-55). C.J. Watson gives Chalmers a left arm in the face (48-55). While Miller is trying to get fixed. Haslem hits 2 as Watson pulls LeBron down like tug-of-war, sending LeBron to the line (48-57). Lucas is selling wolf tickets to LeBron, but he’s backing up. ”Stop wolfing and get up off LeBron.” Not to worry; LeBron is in attach mode, alright already he’s one up (50-57). Can’t keep up with the fouls Deng gets his 2nd, then a double technical. LeBron powers into the paint and takes a hit, LeBron fouls but Chicago misses both. Heat gets the rebound (53-61). Haslem throws a bom pass the goal. LeBron watches the ball sail over his head. Mike Miller for 3 and its good (53-64). The crowd shouts defense. Tai Gibson # 22 hits 2. LeBron goes up, nearly gets striped, turns his back and it’s good. Lucas hits 2 (59-66). Q3 ends 61-66 with Heat leading by 5. Watson goes to the bench with 4 fouls. Lucas over Cole adds 2. Lose ball foul on Noah # 3. Wade over Deng its good (63-68). Gibson hits 2 . Wade shoots a fade away. Wade streaks in between 2 defenders, then in mid-air changes hands, and its good. Heat gets the ball and Shane Battier hits 3 (65 -75). 4Q Chalmers’ pass to Haslem sends Haslem swinging from the rim (67-77). Noah fumbles the ball away. Chalmers’ fast movement, behind the back pass keeps up speed with Chicago. An offensive foul on Chicago breaks their rhythm (68-77). With 3:25 left in Q4, Chicago trails by 10 (68-78) and Noah picks up his 5th foul. Joel Anthony comes up with 2 (68-81). A rejection by Haslem doesn’t stop Chicago from banking 2 (72-81) with 1:24 left. Miami will be drinking Red Bull tonight to celebrate their win over Chicago with a final score of 72-83. 27 points by LeBron. Miami’s 45-17 record is advancing on the Bulls 47-16 record. Did I hear play-offs, this was a play-off game.
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Miami rolls over the Raptors 72-90 This puts Miami (44-17) behind the Bulls (47-16) in
the Eastern conference. San Antonio leads the Western Conference 44-16 Followed by Kevin Durant and his Oklahoma Thunder (44-17). With one week left, it’s on now.
When all is said and done, only the final score matters. That is certainly
true of tonight’s game. Norris Cole # 30 and Mike Miller # played a solid game but the Heat was down by 11 points with five minutes to play. LeBron James # 6 steps back into the game with his magic shoes and a mind-set to win. He explodes with 16 consecutive points. LeBron is all over the court, offense, defense, rebounding, and assisting but mostly shooting. His 16 consecutive points take the Heat into the lead and on for a win with a
final score of 101-99. The Heat road fans in the Nets house gave the Heat heart warming support. Along with the Heat, tonight’s winner is Beyoncé’s nephew who ended up with LeBron’s head band, shoes (with autograph), basically all but the shirt on LeBron’s back. Imagine how much that will be worth years from now.That shoe made an impact in tonight’s game. But imagine the impact it made on that child. It’s the small things that impact children’s lives. The connection that adults forget about after they get caught up in the clutter that gets in the way. Those connections children will never forget. By the way LeBron there’s a kid whose dad bought him a pair of your shoes. I saw him one day standing outside the gate as you pulled out of the Arena parking lot. He said he comes after the games, just stands with his shoes in his hands. All he wants is your autograph. He’s about eight years old and just stands after the games watching you drive away, hoping that one day, he will be the lucky one, that you will stop and autograph his shoe.
The Q4 starts with a tie score as the clock winds down with the final 12 minutes
of the game (71-71). A few minutes later Bosh slams to tie it again (75-75). Knicks try to take the lead but Bosh says, “I’m not going away and ties again 79-79. Wade gets inside and sets up in the air for 2 (79-81). “Hey Carmello Anthony you got away
with a no call. I saw that left arm on Joel Anthony.” Wade shoots over Carmello Anthony (85-80). LeBron hits a long 2 then a screen by Joel Anthony allows LeBron to hit 2 in the paint (87-80). Mario Chalmers # 15 hits 2 (89-82). James Jones # 22 takes
a hard hit charging New York with a turnover. Carmello with his 4th foul against LeBron. Several turnovers in the final crucial minutes of the game keeps the Knicks down and Miami goes on with another win with a final score 93-85.
Henderson is raining triples but can’t touch Dexter Pittman’s performance going up
and throwing down for a total of 16 points. LeBron’s behind the back pass to Joel Anthony # 50 adds 2. (41-60). The Heat leaps over the Bobcats with a final score 82-105.
The score is tied 84-84 when the final buzzer sounds. That sends the ga into overtime. In the next five minutes the tides turn for the Heat. Heat loses to the Bulls but they are putting fuel on grill for the next show down on April 19.