Dwayne Wade came up with the steal to set up LeBron James on the other end for a dunk to put the Miami Heat up two in the closing minutes of their 94-88 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers yesterday at AmericanAirlines Arena. Wade scored eight of his 20 points in the fourth quarter and James finished with 19 points, ending their five-game skid while putting a stop to LA’s eight-game win streak.
The Heat have recently struggled in close-game situations but this time found a way to win over the 2x defending champions for the second time this season. “We didn’t want to run away from this,” said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra. “We didn’t want to hide from any of this. We want to get better. We want to make sure our game is right and ready when it really counts.” Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 24 points and Pau Gasol followed up with 20. Miami is scheduled to host the Memphis Grizzlies this Saturday as the Lakers travel to Dallas to matchup with the Mavericks.
Dwayne Wade hit 17-of-24 from the field for 45 points to lead his Miami Heat past the Houston Rockets 125-119 Wednesday night at the Toyota Center. The Heat have now won 16 of their last 17 contests, becoming the first team in NBA history to win 10 straight road games in a calendar month. Chris Bosh contributed 21 points as LeBron James controlled the tempo with 20 points and nine rebounds.
“We’re just a different team now,” said James. “We go out and understand that no matter what the course of the game may bring, we can always will ourselves to win, get enough stops, and make enough plays to win a basketball game.” Luis Scola and Kevin Martin scored a combined 41 for the Rockets in their losing efforts. Houston is next set to welcome in the Toronto Raptors Friday, December 31st. The Heat are scheduled to host the Golden State Warriors on New Year’s Day.
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LeBron James dropped 24 points in the third quarter from 10-of-12 shooting as part of his season-high 38 point performance to lift the Miami Heat past the Cleveland Cavaliers 118-90 in his return to the Quicken Loan Arena. James seemed unfazed by the hostile Cleveland crowd, who haven’t seen their former franchise player since last season’s humiliating Game 5 loss to the Boston Celtics back in May. “It was impressive,” said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra. “It takes a special player and a person to be able to respond to all of this scrutiny.”
The Cavs held the lead through the majority of the first quarter until Miami’s Big 3 eventually found their rhythm and took over. Dwayne Wade produced a near triple double with 22 points, nine rebounds and nine assists. Chris Bosh controlled the inside game with 15 points and five boards. James Jones came off the bench for 18 points and six rebounds. The Heat are now 12-8 approaching their next game this Saturday against the Atlanta Hawks at home. Miami Heat tickets are now available!
Rajon Rondo scored a season-high 23 points while dishing out 12 assists to lift his Boston Celtics past the Cleveland Cavaliers yesterday at the Quicken Loans Arena. The five-year veteran PG missed his first three shots but continued to hit 11-of-14 as part of Boston’s fourth quarter run to keep the game out of reach.
“They came in and said we’re going to try to make Rondo beat us,” said captain Paul Pierce after the game. “They showed in the way they defended him. They went under all the pick and rolls, played him loose, let him get to the rim, get out to the break. He was phenomenal. He took up the scoring load for us and it showed that if teams are going to settle and try to let Rondo beat them, he’s capable of doing it.”
Glen Davis came off the bench for 17 points and 11 rebounds during his 32 minutes on the floor. Marquis Daniels contributed 16 points from 7-of-10 shooting. Boston’s second unit allowed for Pierce, Shaquille O’Neal and Ray Allen to record just 23 minutes each. Kevin Garnett contributed 11 points, 10 rebounds and four assists in a full day’s work.
Anderson Varejao led the Cavs in scoring with 16 points as Anthony Parker and Mo Williams followed up with 13 apiece. Cleveland is next scheduled to host LeBron James and the Miami Heat on Thursday. This will mark LeBron’s first game against his former team. “It will be really hostile,” said Cavs forward J.J. Hickson. “It’s no secret. He (James) is coming back to where he originally started. It’s going to be a great environment. I’d be lying if I said it’s a normal game.” The Celtics are set to matchup with the Portland Trailblazers tomorrow night before welcoming in the Chicago Bulls on Friday.
Ray Allen hit his first seven three-pointers for 35 total points and Rajon Rondo distributed 16 assists as the Boston Celtics went on to defeat the Miami Heat 112-107 yesterday at the American Airlines Arena. Paul Pierce shot 10-of-16 for 25 points and Kevin Garnett contributed 16 points and 13 rebounds. Boston never allowed a lead change through four quarters, handing the Heat their second consecutive home loss while showcasing the best record in the Eastern Conference at 7-2.
The C’s took control early in the first period, netting their first 9-of-15 to earn a 22-10 advantage. They found themselves up 20 in the third period before Miami developed a run of their own to chip away at the lead. “Everybody just stepped in and did their job,” said Boston head coach Doc Rivers. “Tonight was the first night I thought we had complete trust in the next pass.”
LeBron James scored 35 points with 10 rebounds and nine assists for Miami. Udonis Haslem and Eddie House came off the bench for a collective 34 points. Dwayne Wade struggled through all of his 20 minutes on the floor, making just 2-of-12 from the field for eight points. “There’s no need to be frustrated,” said Chris Bosh after his 16-point performance. “We’re nine games into the season and we can’t play perfect basketball right off the bat. We’re up against a lot. We just have to keep working…When it’s all said and done, I think we’ll be where we want to be.”
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Ray Allen hit 5-of-8 from three-point range to lead his Boston Celtics past the new-look Miami Heat 88-80 in yesterday’s opening contest at the TD Garden. The final baseline jumper from beyond the arc gave Allen 20 points on the night while putting the C’s up six with just under 50 seconds left in regulation. Paul Pierce netted 11 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter and provided the pass for his trusted two guard to deliver the final dagger.
“We talk about it every day,” said Pierce. “That’s what we work on every day, making that extra pass, not trying to play hero ball. I saw him collapse on me, and you’ve got one of the greatest shooters in NBA history wide open in the corner. It’s a no-brainer. I wanted to get it to him. I have total confidence.”
The revamped Heat roster had one of their worst first quarter starts in franchise history, scoring 9 points to Boston’s 16. The Celtics led by as much as 18 until LeBron James controlled the third quarter to make it competitive. James finished with 31 points but also provided eight of Miami’s 17 turnovers. Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade together shot 7-for-27 for 21 points. “This is one of 82,” said Wade. “Sorry if everyone thought we were going to go 82-0. It just ain’t happening.”
Rajon Rondo dished out 17 assists for the Celtics to fall one pass short of his career high. Shaquille O’Neal fit right in at center, collecting nine points, seven rebounds and two monster jams. “We just wanted to come out and win our first game,” he said. “We let you all worry about the hoopla and all of that.” The Celtics are next set to hit the road to matchup with the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight before hosting the New York Knicks on Friday. 2010-2011 regular season Boston Celtics tickets are now available!
LeBron James in his first game back since suffering a preseason hamstring injury netted 33 points in yesterday’s game against the Charlotte Bobcats in Miami. Despite LeBron’s superior play through 29 minutes, Charlotte rallied back to outscore the Heat by 15 in the fourth quarter to win 102-96. DJ Augustin led the Bobcats in scoring with 19. Derrick Brown and Tyrus Thomas came off the bench for 18 and 15, respectively. Chris Bosh contributed 14 points and eight rebounds for Miami.
The Heat led through the majority of the contest without Dwayne Wade, who is currently in Chicago fighting for the custody of his two sons. “They’ve done an amazing job,” said Charlotte head coach Larry Brown of the revamped Heat roster. “Not only with Bosh and LeBron, but they’ve surrounded them with some pretty good players. It’s like when I had that group in Philly…they allowed Allen to be Allen. And not only did they acquire two phenomenal players, they got a lot of people around them.”
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The NBA’s new Big 3 took the floor for the first time together in Miami Heat uniform and led the revamped squad to a 105-89 victory over the Detroit Pistons yesterday at the American Airlines Arena. Longtime franchise player Dwayne Wade hit the opening bucket for Miami but strained his right hamstring soon after. The newly acquired LeBron James and Chris Bosh then took over for a collective 38 points and nine rebounds. Udonis Haslem netted 14 points and pulled down 13 boards during his 25 minutes in the game.
“I like the fact that we got better tonight. We didn’t waste an opportunity to get better. That’s what it’s about,” said James after the win. “You can tell it’s an exciting time for this city. Hopefully we can come through and do things that we need to do on the court to keep the fans excited.” The Heat are next scheduled to matchup with Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder. Their first official contest will be at the TD Garden against the defending Eastern Conference champion Boston Celtics. Purchase your opening game Heat vs. Celtics tickets right here at AceTicket.com!
Due to the monster off-season within the Miami Heat organization, it’s clear that calendars are marked and a new target is set between the other 31 NBA teams looking to make a statement in 2011. Dwayne Wade, LeBron James, Chris Bosh have heard enough criticism this summer to keep them motivated through multiple seasons. NBA analyst Jeff Van Gundy has high expectations for Miami, saying they’ll break “the single-season win record (72)” and “have a legit shot at the Los Angeles Lakers 33-game winning streak (in 1971-72) as well.” He continued to state that only LA has “even a remote shot at beating them in a playoff series. They will never lose two games in a row this year.”
The latest mega-trio is ready to “showcase their talents” to a national audience all season long with 29 games scheduled for TNT, ESPN, ABC or NBA TV. Miami will first be tested against the Eastern Conference champion Boston Celtics Tuesday, October 26 in front of a hostile crowd at the TD Garden. The Orlando Magic will play host to the Heat at the new Amway Arena Wednesday, November 24th. Other notable away games include December 17th against the New York Knicks and January 15th against the Chicago Bulls.
Miami’s most challenging games at the American Airlines Arena come late in the season against the top two teams in the Western Conference. Kobe Bryant and his Lakers will head to South Beach on Thursday, March 10th with hopes to make a statement on their quest to three-peat. The Heat will then welcome in Kevin Durant’s Oklahoma City Thunder just six days later. Purchase your Miami Heat tickets right here at Ace!
Multiple sources have confirmed that Shaquille O’Neal has agreed to join the Boston Celtics for the veterans minimum of $1.4 million. The length of the contract is debatable due Shaq’s push for a two-year deal. The Celtics were at the top of his list this offseason alongside the Atlanta Hawks. The 15X All-Star will give Boston more depth inside with a side of additional championship experience. At the age of 38, he averaged 12 points and 6.7 rebounds last season as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Shaq is certainly qualified to fill the extra position at center to coincide with Jermaine O’Neal while Kendrick Perkins recovers from knee surgery. During a segment on Monday’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! to promote his television show Shaq Vs, the Big man expressed his desire to play for a real title contender if the opportunity were to present itself. “For me, it’s been a real thinking process,” he said. “I came into the league very graciously and want to go out very graciously. My main thought was I would like to play for a winning franchise, somebody that’s used to winning, somebody that keeps winning. Hopefully, I’ll make my decision here in the next one or two days.”
The Celtics are set to kick off their 2010-2011 campaign at home against the revamped Miami Heat. Christmas day will showcase a rematch of Last year’s Eastern Conference Finals between the Celtics and Magic at the new Amway Arena. All NBA schedules are expected to be released by next week. Check back for regular season Boston Celtics tickets!