The Heat ran the Minnesota Timberwolves off the floor, 103-82, to improve to 15-5.
LeBron James led the way with 21 points, a season-high 14 rebounds, and 8 assists. Dwyane Wade returned from a two game absence to score 19 points, to go along with 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Ray Allen pitched in 11 points off the bench.
For the Wolves, Kevin Martin scored a team-high 19 points. Nikola Pekovic provided 18 points and 12 rebounds. Corey Brewer added 12 points.
This game was never in doubt for long. The Heat showed a much better performance the boards tonight, after the pathetic display against Chicago and it was lead by James’ season best effort. The Heat were also energized by the return of Wade, who played well but provided a scare when he banged his knee with another player.
The Heat’s offensive efficiency and defensive prowess also returned, if only for one game. They shot 55.1% from the field and held the Wolves to 29.3%. That is a great recipe for success.
The Heat are traveling to Detroit for a rematch with the Pistons (10-10) on Sunday. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 pm.