LOS ANGELES -- The Heat’s extended dunk-a-thon during its five-game home stand continued out West on Wednesday against the shorthanded Lakers. Led by LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, the Heat had nine dunks to bring its dunk total to 45 over the last six games.
Overall, the Heat scored 58 points in the paint and had 29 assists. Those are benchmarks for a healthy offense.
“Right now we’re really getting to our identity,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “We’re really being aggressive, the ball is moving. We’re getting to the game that we envisioned.”
The Heat generated 36 dunks during its five-game home stand before flying to Los Angeles. Against the Lakers, Miami had five dunks in the first quarter alone, including a driving dunk byMario Chalmers and the first of two show-stopping alley-oops from Wade to James.
“The process of us trying to get better, we’re right on point,” James said. “We had a couple bumps, but for the most part we have taken more steps forward than steps back and I’m excited about that.”