Jan 7, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) reacts on the court against the New Orleans Pelicans during the second half at American Airlines Arena. The Heat won 107-88. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

James Powers Heat Past Pelicans, 107-88


The Heat overcame a 9-point halftime deficit to dominate the Pelicans (15-18), winning 107-88, to improve to 27-8.

For the Heat, LeBron James led the way with 32 points, to go along with 5 assists and 3 rebounds. Dwyane Wade added 22 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists. Chris Andersen added 15 points and 7 rebounds off the bench.

For the Pelicans, Anthony Davis led with 22 points, in addition to 12 rebounds, 3 steals, and 2 blocks. Eric Gordon contributed 15 points and 3 assists. Tyreke Evans added 13 points and 3 assists off the bench.

The Heat started off sluggish, falling behind by 9 at halftime, thanks in large part to sloppy play and poor effort with rebounding. LeBron came out with a purpose to start the 3rd quarter, finishing the quarter with 16 points. With the Heat beginning to pull away, Wade owned the 4th quarter with 10 points, as the stars handled their business when the team needed them.

James was also able to get a rise out of the crowd with one of his signature high-flying alley oops that almost defy logic:

The Heat’s next game is Thursday, against the New York Knicks (12-22), from Madison Square Garden. The tip is scheduled for 8:00 pm.

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