GAME STORY: Click Me!
BEST OF LAST NIGHT: The Heat's second quarter
Miami outscored the Hornets 33-15. Shane Battier and Joel Anthony provided energy off the bench and the Heat blew the game open with a 25-4 run. The Heat was 13 of 17 from the floor in the period.
WORST OF LAST NIGHT: I have to respectfully disagree with Dwyane Wade about New Orleans' proposed new nickname. Wade called Pelicans a "terrible" idea on Saturday. I kinda like it.
NIGHTLY NUMBER: 58
It was the best shooting percentage for the Heat this season. Dwyane Wade and LeBron James combined to shoot 20 of 28 from the field for 50 points.
NIGHT LINE: After struggling against the Knicks, Dwyane Wade bounced back with 26 points on nine shots. He was 8 of 9 from the free-throw line.
NIGHTLY ANALYSIS: It appears like Udonis Haslem will remain the Heat's starting power forward for the time being. The Heat scored 31 points in the first period and the combination of Joel Anthony and Shane Battier off the bench helped hold the Hornets to 15 points in the second period. The odd man out appears to be Rashard Lewis. Lewis was a starter earlier this week but hasn't played in two games.
THEY SAID IT
“We need him. He is one of our anchors to our defense especially in our back line. When guys drive past us he is able to clean up a lot of what we have on the perimeter. To have him back in the rotation was a good thing for our team.”
—LeBron James on Joel Anthony
“I feel a little bit better; I have been feeling better the last few
games. Tonight I got some shots to
go. Our big guys did a great job
of setting screens and getting me to the rim and opened me up to get a couple
[easy shots] going to the basket and then I hit some outside shots.”
“When you are trying to turn
things around you are going to have a period where it is not like you want it.
We stayed with it. We got a feel
for what they were doing...We started communicating a
—Chris Bosh on the Hornets' big first quarter and the Heat's adjustment