Since that embarrassing loss to Boston on April Fools Day, Miami has won three of their last four games.
Dwyane Wade sat out against Philadelphia and LeBron James scorched them for 41 points last week. Mario Chalmers stepped up and scored a combined 36 points with Chris Bosh. The next night Wade returned with 19 points, 3 steals, and 2 blocks. In a battle of MVP candidates, James carried his momentum by posting 34 points, 10 boards, and 4 steals, out-dueling Kevin Durant’s 30 points and 9 turnovers. Those back-to-back victories against playoff teams extended Miami’s home winning streak to 17.
That was until Friday when Memphis came to South Beach jumping to a 13-point lead in the 1st quarter, and never looking back. The Grizzlies shared the wealth and seven players scored in double figures, despite a 60-point effort by the big three on a poor shooting night.
On Sunday Wade got another game off to rest his ankle on this five game home stand. James and Bosh paved the way by putting up half the team’s points, with a cameo from James Jones. Jones chipped in with 19 off the bench to run the Pistons out of town, holding them to 75 points.
James pushed the pedal to the metal in the MVP race last week, and was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for the fifth time this season.
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