LeBron didn’t put up superstar numbers last night, but showed Washington, DC why he’s one of the NBA’s best.
Late in the second quarter Chris Bosh rebounded a missed shot from Nick Young and passed it to James. Racing down the court James passed it to Dwayne Wade who lobbed it up to James for an amazing slam dunk. It’s the kind of play the demonstrates the synergy that can happen when Miami’s Big Three are running on all cylinders.
“I think we’re probably 90 percent on the alley-oops this year,” James said after the game explaining that he’s not too concerned about showing a little pizzazz during the game. Miami Coach Erik Spoelstra commented after the game that he’d like to see the duo not get too fancy.
“We want to be efficient, and that’s the most important thing.”
However it didn’t take all three to be on top of their game as the Miami Heat beat the Washington Wizards 106-94. James only put up 18 points in what looked like a game he coasted through. Instead the production was left to Bosh (24 pts) and Wade who scored 26 points for the night- 18 of them coming in the first half where Wade put on an amazing second quarter show.
The Wizards were actually in the game for most of the night until the Heat started the final quarter on a 9-0 run and pulled away to the point where the Wizards couldn’t even claim a moral victory. In the end the Wizards just couldn’t contain the many weapons of Miami. When asked if he thought he missed an opportunity capitalizing on an unengaged Miami square coach Randy Wittman answered, “Well I thought they were engaged- I just saw three of them, and then Battier came in and hurt us.”
Battier ended the night with 15 points of his own off the bench.
“That’s the poison you got to pick,” Wittman added.
On the Wizards side of the ball JaVale McGee led Washington with 24 points and 13 rebounds. Nick Young ended the night with 22 points and John Wall scored 15 of his own.
At the end of the night James and Wade shared a moment with Wall at the end of the game where they told him to “just stay strong.”
Certainly better said than done for this Wizards team as they pack up for a five game road trip starting tomorrow in Detroit.