Within two hours before the game, LeBron was named the USA Basketball Player of the Year and the NBA's Player of the Month for December. Midway through the third quarter, he extended his 20-plus scoring streak to 30 games to start the season -- 51 games including the playoffs. He topped it off by nearly notching a triple-double. Just another day in the life.
It was 2006 Finals redux for Wade, who looked as healthy as he has all season. O.J. Mayo got off to a blistering start on Wade and never looked back. It wasn't exactly Wade's fault; wearing a blindfold wouldn't have raised the level of difficulty on Mayo's shots. Wade tallied some blocks and sliced through the lane to the rim like vintage Wade.
Good thing Bosh had his jumper going in this one, because he couldn't rise above the German towers of Dirk Nowitzki and Chris Kaman on the boards. He did, however, manage to swat a few shots out there. It's the tallest Bosh has looked in weeks, especially after surrendering 29 rebounds to Orlando's Nikola Vucevic on New Year's Eve. They need more from Bosh.
It looked like the Heat caught a break in the schedule by playing the Mavericks, the league's last-place team in rebounding rate, on Wednesday but they still couldn't really take advantage. It's true that Nowitzki helps matters, but he's also playing on one leg. Miami allowed double-digit second-chance points in this one yet again.
Wild game, excruciating overtime loss for the Mavs. Nowitzki's last-second, game-tying jumper in regulation was all for naught. After scoring just eight points the last time these two teams met this season, Mayo just went off on the Heat. There wasn't much the Heat could do when Mayo was hitting contested 25-footers. It's never a dull moment when Nowitzki & Co. visit Miami, and Wednesday was no exception.