LeBron confessed he's suffering from a cold, which explains why he came out so frigid. Someone must have slipped some DayQuil in his Gatorade, because he showed no ill effects after the first quarter. His torrid third quarter brought back memories of his single-handedly ending the Celtics' season. Remember when he didn't shoot 3-pointers? We don't, either.
Wade sat out on his 30th birthday, nursing a litany of leg injuries. His gift? A message on the giant video screen of his two sons wishing him a happy birthday.
He might have air-balled a baby hook early in the game, but Bosh had hardly any blemishes after that. With Wade sidelined, Bosh came out shooting like his Toronto days. That fast-break spin move to a two-handed slam in the fourth quarter? Dirty. The Heat needed Bosh to step up, and he did so in a big way.
Whatever coach Erik Spoelstra said at halftime, it worked. James outscored the Spurs 17 to 10 in the third frame, single-handedly crushing the Spurs' hopes in this one. The Heat did it on both ends of the floor, holding the Spurs to just 4-for-19 shooting from the floor. After a slow start, the Heat absolutely ran away with this one.
How do we grade this one? Can we cut it into halves? In the first half, the Spurs looked like the mighty Spurs of last regular season. In the second half, they looked like the Austin Toros. LeBron gave his cold to the Spurs at halftime, as the visitors shot just 34.4 percent in the second half. With the embarrassing loss, the Spurs sink to 0-5 on the road.
-- Grades by Tom Haberstroh