The Miami Heat beat the Detroit Pistons 102-96 Monday night, starting what they can only hope is a post Super Bowl run that rivals the 27-game winning streak they enjoyed last season. The Big 3 combined for 71 points in the win, dominating from the start behind Wade and Bosh's 9-9 from the field early.
LeBron looked like he would get that triple double he always seems to miss, but got totally dong-blocked by his teammates late, apparently unaware he was just two rebounds short. James finished with 24 points, 11 assists, eight rebounds, two blocks, and two steals.
Wade continues to cook, finishing with 30 points 10 rebounds, and five assists in this one. Wade looks to be rounding into playoff ass-kicking form, looking the best he has all season. Either he was sandbagging or his knee is getting healthier as the season goes on, or a little of both, whatever the reason -- shit yes, i say. All of the happy feels when #3 plays like he has recently.
Chef Wade looks like he's back, and his menu includes lots of cold dishes of revenge for all the doubters.
Informed Wade of his Twitter nickname tonight ("Chef").... "I didn't know that. I like that." He does not like Vintage. At all.
— Ethan J. Skolnick (@EthanJSkolnick) February 4, 2014
Detroit's entire deal these days is that they have dual 7 foot monsters in Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe. Miami had trouble with them in the loss to Detroit earlier in the season, but was able to overcome the pair's combined 29 points and 22 rebounds this time around.
With Monroe bashing the Heat early for a quick double-double before the half, Spoelstra subbed in his own skyscraper , Greg Oden. Oden's stat line of four points and three rebounds doesn't pop on the stat sheet, but he looked more comfortable than he has all year, and was able to get keep Monroe's damage to a minimum when he was on the floor.
Play of the Game
— Kristypher Bosh (@KristyHawk) February 4, 2014
— Former Future MrsSpo (@MrsSpoelstra) February 4, 2014
— Nicolas Suarez (@nicolasd_1) February 4, 2014
Just your run-of-the-mill LeBron jumping out of the gym dunk, no big deal. What in the fricking frick is with this dude? How does he keep getting more athletic? This pass looked like it was headed into the seats, then out of nowhere, LEBRON FATALITY. . LeBron hops around like Mario collecting coins, leaping over pits of lava with a silly grin on his face, it's rather unfair.
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The Heat now sets off on the longest road trip of the season, a trip that won't be finished until February 23rd. The pilgrimage kicks off with a trip to Los Angeles to face the Clippers Wednesday, and for LeBron, Wade, and Bosh, includes a trip to the NBA All-Star game.
Chris Bosh is now including his children in his post-game video bombs. This is important because Chris Bosh is the best.
Lmao bosh you ugly pic.twitter.com/WBCd1ubNho
— Taylor Neita (@JAHTayy) February 4, 2014