There’s no place like Miami, where the Heat are 25-4 with the best home court record in the NBA.
The Heat returned to South Beach last night in winning fashion, disposing Charlotte 105-82 without some key players. Miami bounces back from back-to-back losses against the Bulls and Celtics, standing 3.5 games behind Chicago and the top seed.
Miami has started a different lineup in each of their last three games. Last night Dwyane Wade (ankle), Mike Miller (ankle), and Udonis Haslem (stomach virus) were sidelined. James Jones started for Wade and hit a couple treys, while Joel Anthony replaced Haslem putting up 10 points, 5 boards, and 4 blocks. Considering the Heat bench got outscored 47-7 at Chicago, it was nice to see Dexter Pittman contribute 16 reserve points.
As for last night, LeBron James and Chris Bosh went about their business with 37 points, 16 rebounds, and 5 steals. They shared the basketball and tallied up 25 assists to eclipse the century mark on the scoreboard. Although the Bobcats are a rebuilding team, you can only play who’s on the schedule and they locked limited them to 82 points in a blowout victory. Miami continues to struggle shooting the ball with a glaring 2-14 display form behind the arc.
Wade is expected to return to the lineup on Sunday to face the Knicks at Madison Square Garden. He’s been playing against the better teams in the league (OKC, Boston, Chicago), but resting against the weaker opponents (Philadelphia going downhill, Detroit, Charlotte). For the record, Miami is now 11-1 in his absence.