Quantcast 2011 Miami Heat Basketball: Miami @ Portland


Seems Like Forever



The Miami Heat defeated the Portland Trailblazers last night in overtime, 107-100. If that does not sound like a big deal on its own to many of you, then you would be correct. But once you really delve into what some of the numbers mean, then you should start becoming impressed more and more by the paragraph.

The Heat beat a weak team in overtime. That is what the critics will say. But the critics will find something negative to say about everything. After all, they are petty, jealous, negative people by nature. Or by nurture. What is it again? Actually, I really don't care. It is just another excuse for people nowadays anyway.

What should be said is that Miami won its 13 consecutive game on the road to improve their record to 30-9 on the season. They have the third best record in the NBA, and sit just 1.5 games behind the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference. They have won 21 out of their last 22 games and are making most people forget about those early season struggles that the new big three faced when they were still figuring out how to play together. If last night in Portland was any indication, then they have solved that part of the puzzle emphatically.

Take a look at last night's box score. LeBron James scored 44 points on 17-26 shooting from the field. He made 3-5 three pointers as well as 7-10 free throws. James also added 13 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals in 46 minutes of game time.

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Dwyane Wade scored 34 points on 15-22 shooting from the field. He made 1-3 from three point land and 3-4 from the charity stripe. Wade also added 8 rebounds and 5 assists in 42 minutes.

Chris Bosh also got into the action. Bosh scored 18 points on 9-17 shooting from the field, while also adding 8 rebounds, 1 steal and 2 blocks.

Do the math. Those three players combined to score 96 of the team;s 107 points. That is the fifth highest percentage from three players on one team in the past two decades. That is impressive.

Sure, that means that the rest of the team scored only 11 points combined, but what was everyone expecting when these three signed together? Did you really see either Carlos Arroyo, James Jones, Joel Anthony or Zydrunas Ilgauskas averaging 15 points per game? Did you think that Mike Miller would step right back into the lineup and average burying five or six three pointers every night? That wouldn't make sense.

Yes, three players scoring 96 points out of the team's 107 is a lot. Perhaps even too much. But keep in mind that Miller did not play, and Udonis Haslem remains sidelined. With the supporting cast that remains with this team, you have to expect James, Wade and Bosh to pick up the majority of the scoring slack. It is how this team was built, and how they are going to win games.

Miami enters play just three road wins shy of tying the all-time record held by the 1971-1972 Los Angeles Lakers. Their next three road contests take place on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday against the Los Angeles Clippers, Denver Nuggets and Chicago Bulls. The second two teams on that list are very difficult to beat at home, although Denver could be playing without Carmelo Anthony by that point. If the Heat happen to win those three games, then that would put them in position to break the record on January 27 against the New York Knicks. That would be quite historic.



By Rob Kelley
Pro Basketball Fans Miami Heat Correspondent
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