BEST OF THE NIGHT: LeBron James was two assists shy of a triple-double and he only played 30 minutes. Not bad. He finished with 20 points on 7 of 12 shooting (2 of 3 from three-point range) to go along with 12 rebounds (four offensive) and eight assists. He had a steal and two turnovers. LeBron has four double-doubles in five games.
WORST OF THE NIGHT: Joe Johnson had nine points on 4 of 14 shooting in 33 minutes. Not good for a player who was brought in to be an elite scorer. As for this whole idea that Johnson is somehow a better team player now that he's away from Atlanta, I guess there's some truth to that but I didn't see any proof of it on Wednesday night. Johnson had one assist and two rebounds.
NIGHTLY NUMBER: 12
The number of players who scored for the Heat. After the game, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said he wasn't afraid to go 10, 11 and 12 deep in his rotation. Whoa there, Spo. Let's not get crazy. It should be interesting to see what the Heat's rotation looks like in big games (Lakers, Thunder, Celtics). It might give us some idea of what a playoff rotation might look like with this group. As for a Wednesday night in November against the Nets, 13 players saw the floor and everyone scored except for reserve center Josh Harrellson.
And since we're on the subject, how does James Jones do it? Once again, the guy comes in ice cold at the end of a game and immediately smokes a three-pointer. I'm guessing Jones would say "practice" is how he does it.
LINE OF THE NIGHT: Well, since we've already highlighted LeBron's big night, I guess we need to give Rashard Lewis some love. Lewis led the Heat's bench in scoring with 13 points on 6 of 9 shooting. He was 1 of 3 from three-point range and a steal in 20 minutes. Yes, he was on the floor for 20 minutes and didn't record a rebound or an assist. But, hey, as Spoelstra likes to say, he probably had a few "hockey assists" in there somewhere. Lewis has scored in double figures in three of the Heat's first five games.
The Heat entered the game ranked 28th in the league in scoring. The Nets shot 37.5 percent from the field and 14.3 percent from three-point range. Any questions?
Dwyane Wade said he expected the numbers to average out fairly quickly—the Heat was last in the NBA in points per possession a few games back—and it seems Wade was correct. Miami is now 29th in points per possession after five games.
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Just not a good game for the Nets. Kris Humphries did well in the first quarter—nine points and seven rebounds—but finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Deron Williams had three assists compared to seven turnovers. Brook Lopez only played 21 minutes (eight points, seven rebounds). We've already called out Joe Johnson.
—The Heat's starters outscored the Nets' starters 67-54.
—With a record of 4-0 at home, the Heat is off to its best start at home in franchise history.
—Here's a odd note. The Heat has held the Nets under 100 points for 13th consecutive games. Sounds like a lot, right? Nope. The franchise record is 24 (Dec. 26, 1995-Dec.14, 2000).
—Conversely, the Heat has scored at least 100 points against the Nets in last seven meetings between the two teams.
—The margin of victory (30 points) tied the series record against the Nets. The last time the Heat defeated the Nets by 30. The last time the Nets played at AmericanAirlines Arena last season.
—Eight different players had a three-pointer in Monday's victory against the Suns (a franchise record). On Wednesday, seven different players had three-pointers against the Nets. The Heat has 35 three-pointers in its last three games.
—58 assists in the last two games. Wow.
—LeBron leads the league in 20-point games. He has five. Put another way, one in each game.
—All of Wade's points came after the first quarter. He's 19 of 28 (.679) in his last two games.
—LeBron is eight rebounds shy of 5,000.