Picking up where he left off in the fourth quarter of the All-Star Game, James created easy shots for himself all over the floor. Not only did he attack the rim, but he was a deadly (and frequently open) midrange shooter. Defensively, James sloughed off Omri Casspi and roved freely as the Heat's center fielder, strangling the Kings on the ball side.
Wade showed few ill effects of that gimpy right ankle. He toyed with Jermaine Taylor in the first quarter, posted up against Luther Head in the second and leaked out on virtually every Kings miss to ignite the Heat in transition. He also was a willing passer, finding James Jones, Eddie House and, of course, LeBron on kickouts.
This was a slasher's game, but Bosh might have rediscovered the stroke on his midrange jumper. He also banged with Jason Thompson under the glass and had a solid rebounding effort. To top it off, Bosh hit Joel Anthony with a pass in traffic along the baseline, creating an easy look for a guy who makes the simple look impossible.
The Heat finished the game with 20 fast-break points. With Tyreke Evans on the shelf and Casspi virtually ignored by LeBron, the Heat pressured the Kings in the half court and came up with a slew of steals they turned into buckets. When the Kings missed long, the Heat went into high gear and ripped through the open court.
The Kings generated some open midrange looks for DeMarcus Cousins early, but the big man couldn't convert and never got on track. They didn't do an atrocious job moving the ball, and most of their problems occurred on the other end, where the Heat got whatever they wanted, wherever they wanted. The Kings were a step behind the Heat on every curl, cut and roll.