LeBron might have brushed up on his Hakeem Olajuwon notes on the flight back from Los Angeles. He dominated the Nets on the block, turning around for fadeaways and effortlessly dropping in some baby hooks. The obvious caveat here is that most of those came against Gerald Green. The halfcourt buzzer-beater at the end of the third quarter was just mean.
Wade tore the Nets apart, moving without the ball and finding the gaping pockets in their porous defense. He scored 13 points by halftime, but didn't return in the second half after tweaking his right ankle in the second quarter. Miami didn't exactly need him after he helped build up a 27-point cushion at the break.
The Heat missed you, Christopher Wesson Bosh. After missing the past three games because of a death in the family, Bosh came out on fire, nailing eight of his first 11 shots and working easy buckets inside and out. The lack of rebounds would be a concern had he not outworked Kris Humphries in every other facet of the game.
Think about this: The Heat didn't score a fast-break point until the fourth quarter. So much for the worries about their halfcourt offense. The Nets entered the game at the bottom of the defensive efficiency rankings and it's easy to see why. No matter whether they were in the zone or man-to-man, the Heat punctured their frontline with ease. Yes, it's the Nets, but still.
Yikes. With Brook Lopez out and Chris Bosh in, this one had blowout written all over it. So it shouldn't surprise anyone that the Heat stomped all over the Nets. Miami absolutely crushed New Jersey on both ends on the floor and never looked back after going up 13 at the end of the first quarter. Deron Williams (16 points) can only do so much.