Once again, LeBron gave it a go without Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh on the floor. And once again, the Heat fan base collectively exhaled after he emerged unscathed. LeBron and rookie Chandler Parsons went at it all game, which has to be one of the unlikeliest duels of the season. That chase-down block on Courtney Lee in the third quarter? That was cruel.
With Mario Chalmers being a late scratch with flu-like symptoms, Cole got the call at point guard on Sunday. Cole gave his team a scoring boost that it desperately needed with practically half the squad out. No one will confuse him for Chris Paul with that assist-to-turnover ratio, but the Heat will be happy with the points.
Miller's certainly making the most of Wade's absence. For the second straight game, Miller came up big off the bench with huge 3-pointers and boards. Shane Battier and James Jones provide different things for Miami, but neither of them combines Miller's ability to clean up the glass and spread the floor. Erik Spoelstra has to be thrilled with what he's seen from Miller recently.
Put it this way, if the starting gig was decided based solely on Sunday's performance, Anthony would win in a landslide over Udonis Haslem. The Heat are comfortable heading into the playoffs with Anthony coming off the bench and why shouldn't they be? Blocking a dunk on one end and then catching a pass on the move for a layup on the other? Anthony was on his game Sunday.
An absolutely crushing loss for the Rockets, who are all but eliminated from the playoffs. Simply put, Chandler Parsons did everything he could to keep the Rockets' postseason hopes alive. The rookie scored a career-best 23 points while having the unenviable task of guarding LeBron. The Rockets are now 1-7 in their past eight games.