The Heat defeated the Suns Tuesday night, 103-97, to improve to 36-14 on the season.
For the Heat, LeBron James led the way with a game-high 37 points and nine rebounds, to go along with five steals. Chris Bosh finished with 21 points and eight rebounds. Mario Chalmers added 13 points.
For the Suns, Gerald Green finished with a team-high 26 points and five rebounds. Goran Dragic and Channing Frye each scored 15 points. PJ Tucker added 14.
This game started off as ugly as it possibly could, with the Heat falling behind 12-0. Suddenly the offense got rolling and the defense picked up and they were only down by three after the first quarter. The teams played to a draw in the second and third quarters, setting up a interesting fourth quarter. The Heat won that fourth quarter by nine points, 32-23, which included 14 from James.
A positive takeaway from this game that can explain the Heat’s win, were the fact that they won on the glass (41-36), which is always an adventure. That effort to keep the differential close or win the battle on the boards is usually the difference between a win and a loss for this team. They were also able to win the turnover battle, 16-12.
The Heat’s next game is scheduled for Wednesday night, as they visit the Golden State Warriors (31-21). The tip-off is scheduled for 10:30 pm.