– The Heat looked to hold on to the best home record in the league at 18-2, where they average .496% field goal shooting and .395% from three point land.
– Dwight Howard is still in a Magic uniform.
– Mario Chalmers and Chris Bosh kicked off the night offensively for Miami, solely contributing for the Heat’s first twelve points.
– Every time Miami wears their “El Heat” jerseys, I am brought back to this moment.
– Chris Bosh started very strong , playing agressively in the post, going 5/5 on field goals midway through the first quarter (all of which were in the paint). Van Gundy paired both Howard and Chris Anderson on Bosh to no avail.
– The Orlando Magic are only paying Ryan Anderson $2,244,601 this year. Talk about a steal! The guy is putting up 16 points, 8 rebounds and is leading the entire league with 122 made three pointers. To put this into perspective, Kris Humphries is averaging 13.3 points and 10.9 rebounds per game with absolutely no other worth outside of that and is making eight million dollars this season. To put it further into perspective, Rashard Lewis is averaging 7.8 points per game, 4 rebounds and averaging a miserable .239% from downtown and is making an utterly unbelievable 22 millions dollars this season (second highest in the league behind Kobe Bryant). A contract that the Orlando Magic originally inked!
– Lebron didn’t get his first bucket until the first quarter nearly ended. It was a rough game for him.
– Miami dominated the first quarter, ending with 67% shooting.
– Bosh continued to be on fire, opening with his sixth consecutive completion, giving him 14 points.
– In my opinion, Stan Van Gundy is the coach of the year. He probably won’t win the award, but deserves recognition for keeping this team together and focused amidst the never ending Dwight Howard parade.
– The fourteen point Heat lead was quickly erased to a three point lead after a series of events that included, but was not limited to; Dwight Howard tossing Joel Anthony and Dexter Pittman around like rag dolls, impressive offensive flow for the magic and great ball movement, and great defense highlighted by Quintin Richardson’s physical defense on Lebron James.
– Seriously, Q-Rich did some work on Lebron, holding King James to 14 points on 4/14 shooting. A tip of the hat to Mr. Richardson.
– The Magic maintained control through most of the second quarter, ending the half only down 50-47. Orlando was 4/12 on three’s, and Miami had yet to attempt a shot from downtown.
– Dwight Howard showcased some impressive baseline moves. He definitely has a diverse offensive game, connecting in a number of ways.
– The league needs to address the issue of consistency on charge calls.
– Orlando played fantastic defense cutting off Miami’s fast paced transitions. They controlled the pace of the game.
– The Heat’s lack of depth at PG is able to be overcome. Their lack of depth at Center is a completely different and pressing issue.
– Five turnovers kicked off what was a very energetic start to the fourth quarter.
– The game was very evenly matched. It seemed as if a second consecutive overtime was innevitable.
– Until Wade went off.
– Wade scored twelve consecutive points for the Heat, aiding them to an eight point lead. He was on fire. He buried the game with two minutes left finishing with 31 points in a much needed Heat win.