Like the All-Star Game all over again. LeBron steered the Heat's furious comeback after being down by 18 points in the third quarter, but passed up the final shot like he did in Orlando. At one point, he accounted for 20 of the Heat's 23 points in a second-half stretch. A regression to the mean was to be expected after Portland, but he somehow managed to keep the magic alive.
Some inexcusable fouls late in the game. Just can't foul shooters late in the game. Wade has been a beast in the post lately and he continued his assault in the paint. He sustained several scary falls in the first half and also tweaked his right ankle, but he carried on. He and LeBron were a two-man wrecking ball in the second half as the duo brought the short-handed Heat back from life support.
Talk about efficiency. On a day when stat-geeks convened in Boston for an analytics conference, Shane Battier made sure they took notice. The statistically inclined Battier posted big numbers on Friday, scoring 18 points on just six shots. He played outstanding in place of Bosh and tallied four blocks in sub duty.
It's true that the Jazz have about as much depth underneath as any team in the league, but the Heat should have fared better than they did -- regardless of whether Bosh played or not. The effort plays around the rim belonged to the Jazz all night. If it weren't for LeBron and Wade's unconscious shot-making in the second-half, this would have been an ugly beating.
Can't do much when LeBron's playing like that but the Jazz prevailed. The Jazz's offense got bailed out by two dubious Wade fouls on Devin Harris late in the game and they barely held on to their 18-point lead. Many might be surprised to see the Heat have issues against the Jazz after dismantling the Portland Trailblazers on Thursday, but the Jazz's big frontline is nothing to snooze about.