This is what the Miami Heat need more of, games where they have to dig down deep to pull out a victory. It’s matches and moments like this that develop the kind of confidence and cohesion that is often displayed by championship caliber squads.
The Heat overcame a very sloppy performance along with a gritty and determined Hornets unit. New Orleans led this game from the tip-off until there was less than a minute left. Chris Paul saw to it that they kept a safe cushion between themselves and Miami the entire time. Well that was until Miami decided it was time to take care of business.
That’s when LeBron James whispered “lets go” to Dwyane Wade. From that moment on Miami seemed to flip a switch and despite the Hornets not easing up they managed to start chipping away at the seemingly insurmountable lead. A pair of James free throws finally put the Heat ahead 90-89.
After a last second game tying three pointer, Miami dominated the overtime period for the win.
Emeka Okafor played like Wilt Chamberlain in the loss, while Paul also had a sensational game with 19 assists.
Wait what, the Heat lost? Eddie House missed seven threes without making one? They didn’t win a game they were determined to pull out?
Yes, Miami lost a hard fought game but it’s nothing to panic about.
New Orleans played as good as they might this entire season, while Miami seemed to sleep walk until the final 14 minutes.