BEST OF LAST NIGHT
LeBron James scored 32 points in the second half, going 5 of 7 from three-point range. The second-half total tied a franchise record and set a franchise record for points in a second half on the road. LeBron has scored 20 or more points in a half for the Heat 31 times.
WORST OF LAST NIGHT
Jeremy Lin’s airball with 9.9 seconds left. It was a terrible miss for the young and talented guard.
NIGHTLY NUMBER: .551
That’s the combined field-goal percentage for LeBron, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. The trio combined to go 32 of 58 from the field for 81 points.
LINE OF THE NIGHT:
James’ performance was the game's highlight, but we’re spotlighting the stat line of Houston center Omer Asik. Asik scored a career-high 19 points, going 4 of 8 from the field and 11 of 14 from the free-throw line. He had 14 rebounds, including five offensive rebounds plus three assists and a blocked shot. He committed just one foul and had three turnovers.
THEY SAID IT
DWYANE WADE on LeBron James having the best start to a season of his career
“Every year they say that. When you’ve got a guy who has won three out of four MVPs, sometimes you take it for granted. But even when he doesn’t score 30, you look at his stat line and he has 20-10-9 or 20-10-10. He’s a stat stuffer. But when he needs to turn it up, as you’ve seen, he had 32 points in the second half. There ain’t many guys who can do that.”
WADE on LeBron’s off-balance, fade-away three-pointers
“It’s weird, the way his body is made. He’s strong. You got to be very strong to shoot that shot and the guy obviously is very strong. There ain’t no defense for that. There’s no coaching for that. There’s no one who helped him. [Gloria] James gave him that.”
JEREMY LIN on trying to stop LeBron
“Marcus [Morris] played great ‘D’ on him in the second half. He was just hitting tough, tough shots.”
LEBRON JAMES on shooting 5 of 8 from three-point range
“That means nothing. That don’t mean I’m going to start casting. I’m just shooting it at a high clip right now. I’m not going to live out there. It was just one of those nights when I felt good.”
KELVIN SAMPSON, Rockets interim coach
“LeBron was hitting unbelievable shots.”
—LeBron hit the 30-10-5 mark for the first time this season. He’s done it 20 times in the regular season with the Heat. LeBron’s final stat line: 38 points on 14 of 26 overall and 5 of 8 from three-point range. He was also 5 of 8 from the free-throw line and had 10 rebounds (one offensive). He had six assists without a turnover and committed only one foul in 40 minutes.
—Chris Bosh has scored at least 20 points in three straight games. He is shooting 25 of 39 (.641) during that stretch.
—Ray Allen leads the Heat in fourth-quarter points with 35.