After being a solo act on Friday against Chicago, LeBron was fortunate to receive some support from his teammates in this one against Washington. He destroyed the Wizards' defense inside and out, attacking the rim, feeding shooters and draining it from deep. LeBron turned his left ankle badly in the third quarter, but surprise, surprise: He walked it off.
Wade showed his age against 19-year-old rookie Bradley Beal and didn't warm up until the second half. Wade delivered probably the best highlight that never was, putting it behind his back and then lobbing it to LeBron for a dunk in the first half, but it was called off due to a dubious foul call. He has to get more free throws.
Where has this Chris Bosh been? Bosh looked like a whole new player on Sunday after three straight games of six or fewer rebounds. In fact, Bosh tallied more points and rebounds by halftime than he did in all of Friday's action against the Bulls. He cooled off considerably after the break, but Bosh clearly played with more energy in this one. They needed it.
The Heat should be encouraged, but not thrilled, with their work on the boards against the Wizards. Don't pay too much attention to the misleading rebounding margin; you'll naturally get a ton of rebounds if your opponent can't shoot. They'll have to be much, much better if they want to survive their match against the Indiana frontline next time out.
The Wizards could not have picked a worse time to play the Heat after the defending champs were embarrassed on national television by the Bulls on Friday. Still, the Wizards stayed with the Heat through three quarters and continued to play surprisingly solid defense. Tough to win when Nene, Jordan Crawford and Garrett Temple combine to shoot 2-for-19.