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ABOUT LAST NIGHT: Heat 98, Nuggets 93

BEST OF LAST NIGHT: Norris Cole's unlikely three-pointer, of course. Cole was 2 of 11 from the field before knocking down the game-clinching jumper with under a minute to play.

WORST OF THE NIGHT: Between Ty Lawson and Corey Brewer combined to miss more shots (14) than grand total of missed shots (12) by Heat starters Shane Battier, Chris Bosh, Mike Miller and Mario Chalmers. (Of course, Chalmers only attempted one shot and played just seven minutes before injuring his triceps going for a rebound with Kenneth Faried.

The Heat had 11 turnovers. On Wednesday against the Clippers, Chalmers, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade combined for 12 turnovers.

The number of years between Heat victories in Denver. Before Thursday, the last time the Heat won at Pepsi Center was in 2002. Eddie Jones led the Heat with 37 points. 

LINE OF THE NIGHT: We could highlight James' line just about every night, so we're going with Shane Battier. He was 6 of 7 from three-point range for 18 points. He also had three rebounds, two blocks and a steal to go along with three fouls and two turnovers.

NIGHTLY HIGHLIGHT: It doesn't get much better than the sequence in the first half that started with an off-the-backboard block by LeBron on one end and then ended moments later with an alley-oop from Cole to LeBron.

"It's a good character win. After the week that we've had, a little bit of adversity, Dwyane being out, Mario having to come out in the first quarter and then the challenge of playing on the West Coast to here, we didn't want to come in with any excuses."

UDONIS HASLEM on winning his first game in Denver
"It took 10 years. That's ridiculous."

CHRIS BOSH on Shane Battier's offensive game
"He's reliable. He's going to knock down open shots. He doesn't do much other than that, but that's all we need him to do."

SHANE BATTIER on battling the bigs
"I look at it as an unbelievable challenge for me. I've been counted out a lot in my life in my career and I've always met the challenge. So I look at this new challenge as another chapter in my book."

LEBRON JAMES on finding the open man
"It doesn't matter who passes the ball or who shoots the ball. You find a guy that's open and we have confidence that that guy is going to step up and have confidence in himself and knock it down."

NIGHTLY ANALYSIS: The Heat won despite playing without Wade, losing Mario Chalmers to injury, losing the rebounding battle 48-29, only attempting 16 free throws, giving up 26 more points in the paint and allowing 10 more second-chance points and 13 more points off fast breaks. How did this happen? Well, it's always good to have LeBron James on your team, but, beyond the James factor, the Heat shot 48 percent from three-point range (13 of 27), limited its turnovers to 11 and played excellent perimeter defense. Denver was 6 of 20 from three-point range and shot 42 percent overall.

Tip of the hat to Kenneth Faried, who had 16 points and 20 rebounds, eleven of which came on the offensive end. Javale McGee dominated the Heat inside as well, shooting 9 of 12 from the field for 18 points in 22 minutes. And then there was Andre Miller, who "old man game" accounted for 19 points of the bench on just nine shots. He also had seven assists to two turnovers.

—The Heat is 16-3 without Wade since last season.

—Udonis Haslem tied Wade for the franchise lead in games played (604).

—The Heat has had at least 10 three-point field goals in five of its first 10 games. Last season, the Heat had 10 or more three-pointers five times total.

—LeBron had a season-high 12 assists. His sixth assist moved him past Grant Long (1,002) into 10th place on the Heat's all-time assist list.

—Battier's six three-pointers tied his high with the Heat. His career high is seven, which came on Dec.27, 2006 at New Jersey. 


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