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BEST OF LAST NIGHT: Mario Chalmers had his most productive game of the season, going 4 of 6 from three-point range in 23 minutes. In Chalmers' last five games, he is 9 of 19 from three-point range.
WORST OF THE NIGHT: The Heat's rebounding, or lack thereof. Miami was out-rebounded by 28.
NIGHTLY NUMBER: 25
The Heat had 25 assists compared to just eight turnovers.
NIGHTLY NUMBER II: 14
The Heat had 14 blocks, which ranks fourth on the all-time in franchise history.
LINE OF THE NIGHT: The honor goes to LeBron, who was 8 of 18 from the field for 22 points. He also had 11 assists without a turnover to go along with seven rebounds. James was 2 of 5 from three-point range and 4 of 5 from the free-throw line. James also had four blocks and and a steal.
SURPRISING STAT: Since the 1985-86 season, teams are 106-3 in games with a plus-28 or better rebounding margin.
THEY SAID IT
“The game felt much closer than the outcome, or even when we were up by 20 and 19 points late in the fourth. I don’t know how many times I’ve seen that where you get doubled up on the rebounding and still able to escape with a win. That’s a tough team. They’re unique, relentless on the glass. There’s not that many teams like that that have multiple guys that just continue to hit the glass so we’ll take this one.”
While the Heat out-rebounded by 28, Miami made up for it with 14 blocks and 20 forced turnovers.
“That is our identity, to create havoc on who we’re playing and try to make them uncomfortable. A team like this is difficult. It’s challenging, because they have so many skilled players.”
“I haven’t seen a deficit
like that. I think I looked up at
one point and it [the rebounds] was like 18-3 and we were getting killed on the
glass. We just have to keep
fighting and figuring out ways.
They were getting their hands on a lot of them. We tried our best not to let them score
after they started off so well.”
“We’re a good team. Good teams always find a way to win. We
have to find a way to rebound collectively as a unit. Once we start doing that
we give ourselves a better chance to win.
Once we get to that point we can really start to squeeze the life out of
teams slowly but surely.”