It appears that LeBron James' New Year's resolution is adding a back-to-the-basket post game into his repertoire. When he wasn't taking advantage of the size mismatch against Dorell Wright, James played the role of facilitator by drawing the defense and setting up easy buckets near the rim.
It's been three years since we've seen a player score 40 points in three consecutive games and Wade certainly had his chance against the Warriors' porous defense. But alas, Wade couldn't get his perimeter game going and the streak came to an end. Instead, Wade made it a priority to get his teammates involved more and it paid off.
With 17 points in the first half, Bosh did his best to ignite the Heat, but it took a while for the Heat to catch fire. He showed some rare emotion early, getting whistled for a technical for taunting. But after that, he was literally and figuratively quiet for the rest of the game.
After getting lit up in the first half, the Heat hunkered down on defense and brought the 14-point deficit to just one entering the fourth through a patented Heat skirmish. As usual, defensive stops were the catalyst tonight as the Heat routinely stripped the ball down low to get out in the open court.
Despite the double whammy of a back-to-back on New Year's, the Warriors stormed out of the gate, carving up the Heat's normally stingy defense in the first half. Dorell Wright had a career night in his return to AmericanAirlines Arena and one-upped LeBron James in their matchup. After a 72-point first half, the Warriors simply ran out of gas.