Updated: January 1, 2012, 8:44 PM ET

LeBron James 6-10 FG | 4-6 FT | 9 REB | 5 AST |16 PTS | +27
GRADEB-

LeBron finally descended back to Earth. Just hours after proposing to his long-time girlfriend, LeBron was just about invisible for the entire first half and it took him until the final minute of the second quarter before he scored his first bucket. He came alive in the second half, but it wasn't all that necessary in the blowout. Perhaps he had some other things on his mind.

Dwyane Wade 9-16 FG | 4-4 FT | 3 REB | 6 AST | 22 PTS | +20
GRADEB+

The open-court synergy between James and Wade is reaching superhuman levels. In the third quarter, Wade fed LeBron with a full-court baseball pass that shouldn't be possible for terrestrial beings. Wade had a solid offensive output, and unlike Wednesday, he also kept Gerald Henderson in check.

Chris Bosh 9-13 FG | 6-6 FT | 10 REB | 1 AST | 24 PTS | +25
GRADEA-

Bosh opened the game with one thing on his mind: shoot the ball. He took six of the team's first seven shots from the floor, which is a huge accomplishment considering who he shares the court with. Bosh attacked the basket relentlessly and looked completely comfortable in the new offense. Garbage time was the only thing keeping him from logging his sixth 30-point outing in a Heat uniform.

Point guards
GRADEA

What hole at point guard? Sure it's early, but with the way Mario Chalmers and Norris Cole are playing these days, the Heat look wise for not overspending on a veteran point guard in free agency. The youngsters combined for 32 points on 12-for-15 shooting along with 14 dimes and three steals. Their strong play is the biggest surprise in the Heat's early going.

Charlotte Bobcats
GRADED-

The Heat jumped out to a 28-9 start and never looked back. It looked like a varsity versus JV game had broken out in AmericanAirlines Arena. The Bobcats of last Wednesday were nowhere to be found as the Heat led by as many as 47 points.


-- Grades by Tom Haberstroh

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