James settled for a few too many contested jumpers and didn't get a single attempt at the rim, but the rest of his game was vintage, spirited LeBron. He was the Heat's main ball mover, found open teammates and was downright vicious as both a primary and help defender.
While his teammates confined themselves to the perimeter, Wade barreled to the hole with impunity -- in transition, on dribble drives and even on put-backs. James and Bosh might be still unpacking their stuff, but Wade looked like a guy completely at home.
Whether it was Dwight Howard's defensive presence near the basket or Wade and James controlling the game from the wings, Bosh wasn't a huge presence on the offensive end. But for a guy who was the starting power forward for the porous Raptors last season, Bosh's defense continues to surprise and impress.
The Heat appeared tight in their first two games on the road, but in their home opener they played with energy and doggedness. That was particularly evident on the defensive end as they stifled one of the most efficient offenses in basketball.
Dwight Howard's emerging face-up game in the first half was the only silver lining on a putrid offensive night for the Magic. Stan Van Gundy's team couldn't generate shots anywhere on the floor after the first quarter, racked up a meager 5 assists for the game, and figure to have some long film sessions this weekend.