Updated: November 16, 2012, 2:12 AM ET
LeBron James 11-23 FG | 5-6 FT | 7 REB | 12 AST | 27 PTS | +8

Who saw that win coming on a back-to-back? Not me. James victimized Denver's defenders one at a time like he was playing whack-a-mole. Kenneth Faried, Andre Miller and Danilo Gallinari all tried their hand at guarding him in the post and all got embarrassed one way or another. Without Dwyane Wade in action, LeBron dabbled with hero-ball late, but he had little choice.

Ray Allen 2-8 FG | 4-6 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 9 PTS | -3

That 3-pointer Allen stuck just before the halftime buzzer to put the Heat up by 12 was a punch to the gut for Denver. Allen handled the rock a little bit more than usual after Mario Chalmers left the game early with a right triceps injury. He got abused by Andre Miller on the block at one point, which won't help growing concerns about his defense.

Chris Bosh 5-10 FG | 4-4 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 14 PTS | +10

What, were you expecting him to drop a 40 spot on Denver again? Bosh didn't deliver an encore performance this time around. Not even close. It's a testament to Faried's relentless hustle that Bosh tallied just a few rebounds all night, but the Heat will require more effort underneath from their starting center. Bosh looked like he was playing in water.

Shane Battier 6-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 18 PTS | +3

Classic Battier game. Stood in the corner, waited for the rock and splashed rainbows all night. Defensively, he parked himself behind Faried and got absolutely bludgeoned for boards. It got so ugly at one point that Heat coach Erik Spoelstra elected Battier to guard the 7-foot JaVale McGee. When Battier tried to dribble behind the back in the third quarter, it set basketball back a decade.

Denver Nuggets

Blown opportunity. If the #WithoutWade hashtag gains steam on Twitter, you can blame Ty Lawson and Andre Iguodala. The Nuggets should have feasted on the Heat, who were playing on a back-to-back sans Wade, but Denver's starting backcourt vanished into the Rocky Mountain thin air. Faried and Andre Miller can do only so much.

Grades by Tom Haberstroh


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