The Wolves were led by Kevin Love who dominated the point for 20 points and six rebounds, while rookie Wesley Johnson and Sebastian Telfair each came off the bench to score 13 points. The return of Michael Beasley was short-lived as he took a hard fall following a lay up early in the second quarter that forced him to miss the rest of the game.
B-Easy was having his way with the Heat prior to the injury and had 11 points and two rebounds.
Miami appeared to be having a little trouble with the lowly Wolves after a Love lay up brought Minnesota within four points late in the second quarter, but following a late barrage of three-pointers by James Jones and a couple of clutch plays by Wade, the Heat went into the half up by 13 and only kept their foot on the gas as the game went on with another impressive third quarter where they outscored the opposition 29-17.
The fourth quarter was another cakewalk for the big three as they all sat out for the fourth quarter aside from Wade who played only the first two minutes before picking up his fifth foul and sitting out the rest of the way. The 31 fourth quarter points are no typo either as the bench only continued the onslaught of points with Eddie House draining three-pointer after three-pointer, including finishing a four-point play, Udonis Haslem wrapping up a quality double-double at 11 points and 10 rebounds, and Mario Chalmers even getting in on the act with eight points of his own.
The big three had their moments as well.
Dwyane Wade finished off a wonderful poster dunk on Wesley Johnson, LeBron James hit a number of deep jumpers late in the third quarter, and also sent a Johnson lay up attempt full force into the fifth row for his first emphatic chase down block as a member of the Heat.
As far as stats go, the Heat completely obliterated the Wolves who came in as the top rebounding team in the league. Miami, who has struggled on the boards as of late, outrebounded Minnesota 47-40 and limited them to only seven offensive rebounds following a game against the Nets where they gave up 10 offensive rebounds solely to Derrick Favors. The Heat had five players with six or more rebounds.
Miami also hit a season high 12 three-pointers with five of them coming from the league’s leading three-point shooter in James Jones. JJ once again provided the spark that the Heat needed to pull away with a number of three-pointers late in the second half to give the Heat their largest lead of the game. House contributed a perfect four of four from beyond the arc and even Chalmers hit two of four. The bench had all but one of the Heat’s 12 three-pointers.
The Heat get their first test since their home opener with a game on the road against the 3-0 New Orleans Hornets.