LeBron James is not in Cleveland because of two words — supporting cast.
On a night where King James struggled mightily, shooting only 7-of-17 from the floor and scoring “only” 17 points, James got plenty of help from his talented supporting cast. Mario Chalmers led all scorers with 19 points on 6-of-12 shooting — Super Mario must have caught a red flower, because he was on fiiiiireeee tonight. Ray Allen chipped in 13 points and Chris Anderson had nine.
Dwyane Wade, still hampered by that knee injury added 10 points with six assists.
Chris Bosh fiiiinnnnallllyyy had a decent game. I stated earlier that he would be a key factor in tonight’s game. Bosh scored 12 points on 60% shooting (considerably higher than the 44% from the field this postseason) and grabbed 10 boards to record a double-double for the game. Bosh also didn’t take a single three pointer this game and focused mainly in the painted area. Good for him.
Chris Bosh quietly put together his first double-double since Game 3 vs Chicago. He had 12pts, 10rebs, 3stls, 1blk in 31 minutes.
— Michael Wallace (@WallaceNBA_ESPN) June 10, 2013
Miami’s perimeter defense also stepped up. Tony Parker, frustrated all night by LeBron and Chalmers only managed to score 13 points on 36% shooting. Parker was the player I feared most, but the Heat neutralized him with surprising effectiveness.
If the Heat continue to get production from everyone not named LeBron James, the San Antonio Spurs don’t stand a chance. The supporting cast played with a lot of guts tonight and displayed high confidence. Tonight’s 19 point victory marked the largest margin of victory since the Los Angeles Lakers won by 22 in Game 6 back in 2010.
Stay tuned for more post game reaction and coverage from your All-U-Can-Heat