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Notes from Sunday night's Heat win

A few notes from Sunday's 109-77 win against Charlotte:

### This was Miami's largest margin of victory of the season, and it came without Dwyane Wade, who missed the game with soreness in his right knee. Win No. 26 in a row featured another double digit deficit (Charlotte went ahead by 11 in the first quarter), but the Heat erased that lead by late in the quarter.

### Spoelstra said Wade would be re-evaluated Monday before determining if he will play Monday night in Orlando.

### Especially impressive: Since LeBron James joined Miami, the Heat is 22-6 without Wade.

### LeBron is now shooting 23 for 29 over the past two games after going 11 for 14 on Sunday. Equally impressive Sunday was his defense (three blocks, three steals) and floor game (10 assists). By the way, he has made 24 of 28 shots in his two home games against the Bobcats this season.

### Mike Miller had played just 48 minutes over the previous 25 games but started in Wade's absence and had six points (2 for 7 shooting) and four assists in 21 minutes. Miller said afterward he was pleased he "didn't screw up the streak."

### Mario Chalmers' stretch of good games ended with an 0 for 4 night.

### Even Juwan Howard made it into a game for the first time since re-joining the Heat.

### Chris Bosh celebrated his 29th birthday with another win. "We are having a blast," he said. "Best team I've ever been on. Everyone likes each other and we always have fun. We work hard and we play hard too."

### Miami won its 17th in a row at home, one short of the franchise record.

### So what needs to happen for a team to knock off the Heat? "It will take a game where they will have to miss shots, and the other team needs to play really well the WHOLE game," Charlotte's Gerald Henderson said. "They've gotten down, obviously, but they'll come back."

### Charlotte shot 33.7 percent, lowest by a Heat opponent this season. And the Bobcats' nine assists tied an NBA low this season.

### The Heat shot 50 percent and is 33-2 this seasonwhen making at least half its shots.

### The Heat's most improved player during this streak might by Norris Cole, who had 15 points, six assists and no turnovers Sunday.



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