With Dwyane Wade taking the night off to nurse his foot, LeBron James took the opportunity to put on a show. He victimized Danny Granger in the post early, earning and-1s and hitting cutters for easy buckets. He terrified AmericanAirlines Arena attendees when he landed awkwardly on his left foot, but he walked it off. No Wade, no problem.
Dwyane Wade is day-to-day with a left foot injury. The Heat travel to Atlanta to take on the Hawks on Thursday.
Need a handy barometer of Bosh's performance? Check his free throw attempts. When he's plugged in and attacking, few players can rack up as many freebies as Bosh and he tallied eight easy ones Wednesday while also neutralizing All-Star David West. More rebounds would be nice, but the Heat will be happy with this one.
The reigning 3-point champ got the starting gig with Dwyane Wade needing the night off. Even though he's been used sparingly the past few games, Jones was anything but rusty. His 14 points on 4-for-8 shooting from deep solidified the Heat's win in a time of need. He cooled off in the second half, but Jones couldn't have done much better.
The Pacers caught a break with Dwyane Wade sitting out, but they learned the hard way that the Heat still had two guys named LeBron James and Chris Bosh. Indiana needed big nights from their resident All-Stars in Danny Granger and David West, but instead the duo combined for 4-for-19 shooting and seven turnovers. Not the best way to capitalize on a shorthanded Heat.
-- Grades by Tom Haberstroh