Heat Blaze Past Suns 124-99
By: Steven Rawnsley
The Heat got off to a very quick start. The ball movement was terrific to say the least. On their first eleven field goals they were assisted on eight of them. Chris Bosh was the beneficiary of some of that great ball movement. He started right where he left off by hitting three of his first five shots and making his first four free throws in the first quarter.
The other beneficiary of the great ball movement in the first half was Ray Allen as he hit three threes from the left corner, the same corner where he hit the game winner against the Nuggets. The Heat got off to a very quick start going up 24-11. The last three minute of the first quarter, Phoenix’s second unit started to put on a run that was stopped by Norris Cole’s half court buzzer beater to end the first quarter.
The defense was a different story for the Heat though by giving up 42 points in the final 16 minutes of the first half. Dragic and Shannon Brown had 13 and 11 points respectively. Former Heat second pick, Michael Beasley had a very quiet five points and zero rebounds in the first half.
The second half started off by trading baskets the first half of the third quarter. LeBron made a three pointer with 6:06 left, followed by a Mario Chalmers three pointer, and that was the start of a 13-0 run, that gave the Heat a 23 point lead and the game was never in doubt after that. The Heat ended the third quarter up by twenty-four. The lead got up to thirty at one point in the fourth, and the Heat lead after Bosh’s first basket on their first basket. It was never even tied after that.
LeBron James finished the game with 23 points and 11 rebounds, Dwyane Wade scored 22 points and six assists, Bosh added 18 points, and Ray Allen dropped 15 points (3-4 from 3-point land), six assists, and six rebounds.
Stat of the night: 32 assists on 44 fg’s
This might have been the best game for the Heat in terms of ball movement since the Heat formed this core. This was illustrated by their outside shooting. The Heat got open three pointers all game long. The Heat also shot 13-23 from downtown.
MVP: Mario Chalmers
Mario Chalmers set the ton offensively for the Heat and got the ball moving from the start racking up five assists in the first quarter. He ended the game with nine points, 11 assists and only one turnover. He also had three steals to go along with shooting three for three from downtown.