Heading into Saturday night, the biggest controversy surrounding LeBron James and the Miami Heat was what kind of mask he would wear, but once LBJ and company took the floor against the Orlando Magic, their stellar level of play stole the show in route to a 112-98 victory.
LeBron led way as usual (while wearing a clear mask) with an all-court domination that would make any NBA fan blush. James finished with 20 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists, and 4 steals, further illustrating what an angry and motivated LBJ can do on a nightly basis.
In support of LeBron, this was one of the better games for Dwyane Wade this season. “Flash” finished with 24 points on 10 for 14 shooting in 30 minutes, and when that duo has it going, there is no one better. Not to be outdone, Chris Bosh got into the act with 17 points in only 18 minutes, and it was a cruise-control performance for much of the second half. As a team, the Heat shot a blistering 58% from the field in the game, and no one is touching them when they are that hot.
Orlando got nice nights from Tobias Harris (20 points) and Nikola Vucevic (18 points, 10 rebounds), but defensively, they simply couldn’t get a stop for the majority of the game. Playing on the road in Miami is one of the tougher tasks in the NBA, and the young Magic simply weren’t ready to live up to the billing.
At 42-14, the Heat are exactly where they want to be, and if they can flash the type of upside that they displayed during parts of this one, look out.