The Miami Heat defeated the New Jersey Nets 108-78 on Tuesday night and it was not even close. This game was over from the start. At the end of this first quarter, the Heat were up 13. By halftime, the lead was 27. The only negative to this game for Miami was Dwyane Wade turning his ankle in the 2nd quarter.
After a long road trip, it was good that Spoelstra got to rest his key players. LeBron had 21 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists in only 30 minutes. Chris Bosh, in his first game back since his leave of absence, had 20 points in only 24 minutes. Mario Chalmers continued his great play by playing a team-high 32 minutes and having 8 points, 7 assists, 5 rebounds and 2 steals. Norris Cole also got a lot of run and went 5-7 from the field with 13 points.
With the lead so large at such an early point in the game, the Heat got to play their backups and get their legs loose. Dexter Pittman had a huge game where he went 4-7 from the field with 10 points and 6 rebounds. Eddy Curry also had his best play of the season with his first alley-oop as a member of the Heat.
The Nets played terrible from the beginning. Miami’s defense suffocated New Jersey and they could not recover. The Heat limited Derron Williams to 16 points, 4 assists, and 3 turnovers. Kris Humphries, aka Kim’s Ex, went 3-10 from the field and finished with only 9 points. New Jersey got no bench production except for Johan Petro, who had 11 points and made both of his three-point attempts. This was a bad loss for them.
As for Miami, they are back on a winning track and ready to forget about the Bosh-less losses. The Heat dominated from the start without doing very much. Wade’s availability is questionable, but the twist didn’t look good. Good, big win for Miami.