Post-Game Grades: Whiteside’s Double-Double Sparks Miami Heat Win


84. 147. 88. 110. Final

Sparked by Hassan Whiteside’s double-double, the Miami Heat got off its four-game losing skid with a much-needed 88-84 win over the Brooklyn Nets Sunday. Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh combined for 51 of Miami’s 88 points. 

B. <em>Stats: 21 Min, 1-1 FG, 0-0 3FG, 5-6 FT, 8 REB, 1 AST, 0 STL, 1 BLK, 0 TO, 7 PTS</em><p class=. C+. Miami Heat. CHRIS ANDERSEN

CHRIS BOSH. A. <em>Stats: 39 Min, 10-16 FG, 3-4 3FG, 3-6 FT, 5 REB, 2 AST, 1 STL, 0 BLK, 1 TO, 26 PTS</em><p>As always seems to be the case in an important win for the Miami Heat, Chris Bosh made some timely shots. The first coming with 2:10 left in the third quarter with the Nets in the midst of a 6-0 run, Bosh hit a 3-pointer to extend the lead to 64-57. He had a great pass to Dwyane Wade for an important fourth-quarter bucket and then hit a couple of free throws at the end of the game to seal the win.</p>. A. Miami Heat

<em>Stats: 28 Min, 1-5 FG, 1-2 3FG, 0-0 FT, 3 REB, 1 AST, 1 STL, 1 BLK, 3 TO, 3 PTS</em><p>Mario Chalmers started the game by committing two turnovers and that’s about all I have to say about Mario Chalmers tonight. </p>. PG. Miami Heat. MARIO CHALMERS. D

Miami Heat. NORRIS COLE. D+. <em>Stats: 20 Min, 2-3 FG, 1-2 3FG, 0-0 FT, 2 REB, 2 AST, 0 STL, 0 BLK, 2 TO, 5 PTS </em>. PG

C+. <em>Stats: 25 Min, 2-5 FG, 0-1 3FG, 2-2 FT, 1 REB, 3 AST, 2 STL, 1 BLK, 1 TO, 6 PTS </em><p>Limited minutes tonight for Luol Deng, who didn’t make much of an impact tonight. Rather, Danny Granger got most of the minutes at small forward, and was in at the end of the game over Deng. This was probably more to do with how well Granger was playing on defense than about Deng playing poorly–which he didn’t, necessarily.</p>. SF. Miami Heat. LUOL DENG

C-. <em>Stats: 15 Min, 0-3 FG, 0-1 3FG, 2-2 FT, 3 REB, 2 AST, 1 STL, 0 BLK, 1 TO, 2 PTS</em><p>Since Papa Spo had to separate Rio and Cole, James Ennis got the backup shooting guard job by default. He’s not been very impactful in his new role, but was more aggressive off the dribble in the fourth quarter and had a nice assist to Whiteside under the basket.</p><blockquote class=. SG. Miami Heat. JAMES ENNIS

Miami Heat. DANNY GRANGER. B+. <em>Stats: 31 Min, 1-7 FG, 0-3 3FG, 1-2 FT, 4 REB, 3 AST, 0 STL, 1 BLK, 0 TO, 3 PTS </em><p>Danny Granger was cold shooting tonight, but was massively important on defense down the stretch. That’s right. It’s true. Granger had two important defensive possessions against Joe Johnson, standing his ground in the paint in two late-fourth quarter possessions and forcing misses from ISO Joe. </p>. SF

<em>Stats: 34 Min, 9-20 FG, 0-1 3FG, 7-9 FT, 6 REB, 7 AST, 2 STL, 0 BLK, 5 TO, 25 PTS </em><p>Dwyane Wade got off to a slow start shooting the ball, going 2-for-9 in the first half, but he impacted the game everywhere else and led the Heat offense by getting guys open looks and controlling the pace. He hit his free throws when it mattered at the end of the game, too. </p>. SG. Miami Heat. DWYANE WADE. B+

A. <em>Stats: 27 Min, 5-7 FG, 0-0 3FG, 1-1 FT, 10 REB, 0 AST, 1 STL, 5 BLK, 1 TO, 11 PTS </em><p>HASSAN WHITESIDE. Strong Hands had his first double-double of his career Sunday, and had a big impact defending the basket in the paint. His presence was felt on every Nets drive, and he notched some beautiful blocks to go with his stat line.</p>. C. Miami Heat. HASSAN WHITESIDE

A. <p>Coaching a team that was down in the dumps and about to go on a brutal West coast road trip, Erik Spoelstra was able to lead his team to a much-needed win on the SEGABABA. His ballsy coaching move of playing Granger at the end over Deng paid off.</p>. HC. Miami Heat. ERIK SPOELSTRA

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