Phoenix Suns vs. Miami Heat: Live Score, Results and Game Highlights
Through two quarters, it's all Miami! The defending champion Heat have jumped out to a 65-53 lead at the half as Chris Bosh is on his way to yet another 40-point outing with 18 first half points.
The Phoenix Suns are led by Goran Dragic's 13 points and six assists, but it is not enough to keep pace with Bosh and the Heat.
More updates to come as the second half begins!
Keys to the Game
3. Reclaiming the Glass
When the Miami Heat defeated the Denver Nuggets by a score of 119-116, it's safe to say that they were lucky to escape with a victory. The Nuggets decimated the Heat on the glass, hauling in 18 offensive rebounds.
Against the Phoenix Suns, the Heat made it a point to reverse their misfortunes.
The Heat won the rebounding battle by a margin of 49-to-38. They controlled the pace with this efficiency, as only one player on the team brought in more than six boards.
LeBron James, who finished with 11.
This type of team-wide effort is exactly why the Miami Heat are the defending champions. They have more weapons than almost any team in the NBA, which makes them the most difficult unit to defend and plan for.
An outstanding team victory against the Suns.
2. Unsung Heroes
When you read the headlines, the media will be speaking of LeBron James' 23 points and 11 rebounds. The truth of the matter is, this game was over well before James started finding his scoring touch.
The Heat won this game behind the efforts of two men: Chris Bosh and Mario Chalmers.
Bosh picked up where he left off against the Nuggets, dropping in 18 first half points. This set the tone for the Heat's offense, which was fueled by their brilliance from beyond the arc.
As every basketball purist knows, you start inside to develop a dominant perimeter performance.
As for Chalmers, he finished the evening with 9 points and 11 assists. Although LeBron will remain in possession of the reputation of "facilitator," the early season shows that Chalmers is more than capable of stepping up and filling that role.
As tonight shows, it appears as if James is ready to let him do so.
1. Three-Point Shooting.
Ray Allen, Mario Chalmers, LeBron James, James Jones and Rashard Lewis. What do those names have in common?
They all connected on at least two three-point field goals during tonight's win over the Suns. Dwyane Wade and Shane Battier tallied one each, as well.
As a team, the Heat made 15 three-point field goals. This equates to a total of 45 points, which is 24 more than the Suns scored from beyond the arc.
24, which is one point less than the Heat's margin of victory. So who wants to debate this is how they won the game?
Box score via NBA.com.
The Miami Heat dominated this game from the opening tip. Behind Chris Bosh's 18 first-half points, Miami had the Phoenix Suns on their heels during the first and second quarters.
This set the tone for Ray Allen to lead an onslaught of 14 team three-pointers from eight separate players. For the second consecutive game, the Heat won by starting inside and working right on out.
Chris Bosh has been the team MVP through four.
The man who deserves attention but will not receive it, however, is Mario Chalmers. Chalmers took on a tough foe in Goran Dragic and stepped up in a major way, posting 9 points, 11 assists, 4 rebounds, 3 steals and 1 block.
All in all, the Heat produced as well as anyone could ask on offense. On D, they held down everyone but Shannon Brown and Goran Dragic.
Brown led the Suns with 18 points in 21 minutes, while Dragic put up 13 points and 9 assists. Unfortunately, it just wasn't enough to keep the pace with the defending champions.
End of the Game: Phoenix Suns 96 - 124 Miami Heat
A night of milestones. Also saw Ray Allen score his 23,000th point.
So tonite was James Jones 500th game, Dwyane Wade 600th game/Chris Bosh 700th block. I think LeBron also broke an 800th ankle of an opponent— Chris Tomasson (@christomasson) November 6, 2012
For those interested, Ray Allen has posted a well-rounded stat line tonight. 16 points, 6 assists, 6 rebounds, 1 steal and 3 three-pointers.
Glad to have him in fantasy? So am I.
Fourth Quarter, 2:32 remaining: Phoenix Suns 90 - 116 Miami Heat
The Miami Heat and Phoenix Suns have put in their reserves. With a 28-point deficit and less than 4:00 to go, this one is all but over.
A quality look at young players such as Kendall Marshall, Markieff Morris and Terrell Harris.
Fourth Quarter, 3:18 remaining: Phoenix Suns 89 - 116 Miami Heat
Rashard Lewis drains the three-pointer and the Miami Heat are now up 110-80. That's about it for this one, although the likes of Ray Allen and Dwyane Wade remain on the floor.
Fourth Quarter, 6:11 remaining: Phoenix Suns 80 - 110 Miami Heat
Ray Allen has surpassed 23,000 points for his career. He has 15 tonight and 3 three-pointers.
Third Quarter, 8:33 remaining: Phoenix Suns 78 - 105 Miami Heat
Shannon Brown: 16 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 block
Luis Scola: 14 points, 5 rebounds, 1 steal
Goran Dragic: 13 points, 9 assists, 3 rebounds, 2 steals
Marcin Gortat: 12 points, 13 rebounds, 2 blocks
LeBron James: 23 points, 11 rebounds, 1 assist
Chris Bosh: 18 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks
Ray Allen: 13 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal
Mario Chalmers: 9 points, 11 assists, 4 rebounds, 3 steals, 1 steal
At the first quarter buzzer, Norris Cole drained a half-court buzzer beater. At the end of the third quarter, Shannon Brown provided his best impersonation by hitting a half-court buzzer-beater on the same hoop!
The teams have now combined to make 17 three-point field goals through three quarters. Unfortunately for the Phoenix Suns, Miami has 11 of those.
The Miami Heat have controlled the pace of this game and flat out dominated with the three-ball. Through three quarters, the Heat have hit 11 three-pointers with both Ray Allen and Mario Chalmers both a perfect 3-for-3 from beyond the arc.
The Big Four have combined for 74 of the Heat's 98 points. They've also matched the Suns' total as a team.
In other words: LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Ray Allen have the same amount of collective points as the entire Suns team. 74.
End of the Third Quarter: Phoenix Suns 74 - 98 Miami Heat
The Miami Heat are playing outstanding rotational defense, although the Suns have found marginal success on offense. Thus far, they're averaging just under 24 points per quarter.
Unfortunately, the Heat are averaging 32 points per quarter. 11 three-point field goals for Miami will do just that.
Third Quarter, 1:05 remaining: Phoenix Suns 71 - 96 Miami Heat
Mario Chalmers with yet another three and Miami is on an 11-0 run! That extends the Heat's lead to 21 points, which has led to body language that suggests defeat for the Suns.
LeBron slams that one down and we're on our way to a second consecutive Florida blowout for the Suns. They lost 115-94 to the Orlando Magic just one night ago.
Third Quarter, 3:30 remaining: Phoenix Suns 67 - 88 Miami Heat
Mario Chalmers follows with a three of his own, giving him 6 points and 10 assists.
This is probably the most under-reported story of the early season. Chalmers also had 11 assists against the Boston Celtics and 5 against the Denver Nuggets.
In terms of facilitating, Heat's offense appears to be running through their point guard this season. Could this lead to a decline in numbers for LeBron?
Luis Scola with the beautiful off-balance lay-up in traffic. Scola is beginning to come to life in the third quarter and he cuts the lead to 10 points with that one.
One of the most underrated signings of the offseason.
Unfortunately, there's one guy who isn't underrated. That man is LeBron James, who hit a three-pointer on one end and grabbed his 10th rebound on the other.
A double-double for 'Bron.
Third Quarter, 5:41 remaining: Phoenix Suns 65 - 81 Miami Heat
D-Wade with the turnaround J out of the post and he got nothing but net. On the other end, Michael Beasley continues to put up poor shots.
Heat are getting going here in the third.
Third Quarter, 7:50 remaining: Phoenix Suns 61 - 74 Miami Heat
Michael Beasley gets a transition jump shot to go and we're down to an eight-point deficit.
I've always said, if a team plays terribly and is within striking distance at the end of one half, they're in the driver's seat. Heat haven't capitalized on the opportunities they've had, despite playing magnificent offense.
Dwyane Wade with an incredible And-One on a corner jump shot. That is another one to add to the decade-long highlight reel.
Third Quarter, 9:00 remaining: Phoenix Suns 59 - 70 Miami Heat
The Suns had a chance to cut this one to single-digits in the opening minute but Luis Scola missed a wide-open jump shot. Dwyane Wade connects with a step-back J on the other end and we're back to a 12 point deficit.
Suns score to cut it back to 10 and LBJ misses a three.
Third Quarter, 10:00 remaining: Phoenix Suns 57 - 67 Miami Heat
The Miami Heat have dominated this game much more than the scoreboard would suggest. Despite maintaining just a 12-point lead, the Heat have control over the pace of this game and appear to be on pace to a blowout victory.
Behind Goran Dragic and Shannon Brown, however, the Suns have done just enough to remain within striking distance through two quarters.
Dragic has 13 points and 6 assists, while Brown has put up 11 points coming off of the bench. For the Heat, Chris Bosh is on his way to yet another 40-point performance as he has 18 points in the first half.
LeBron James has 10 points and 9 rebounds, while Mario Chalmers has 8 assists to lead the Heat through two.
End of the Second Quarter: Phoenix Suns 53 - 65 Miami Heat
Goran Dragic: 13 points, 6 assists, 2 rebounds, 1 steal
Shannon Brown: 11 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 block
Marcin Gortat: 8 points, 5 rebounds, 1 block
Chris Bosh: 18 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block
Dwyane Wade: 13 points, 4 assists, 2 rebounds, 1 steal
LeBron James: 10 points, 9 rebounds, 1 assist
Ray Allen: 9 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal
Mario Chalmers: 3 points, 8 assists, 1 rebound, 1 block
The Suns have cut the lead to 11, but they are relying far too heavily upon isolation offense.
Second Quarter, 2:23 remaining: Phoenix Suns 45 - 56 Miami Heat
The Phoenix Suns are playing absolutely horrendous basketball, while the Heat are scoring at will. Ray Allen's third three-pointer of the evening makes that 56 points in 20 minutes of play for the team.
For those unwilling to do the math, that puts them on pace for a 134 point outing. Quite unlikely to transpire, but you get the point.
Second Quarter, 3:53 remaining: Phoenix Suns 39 - 56 Miami Heat
Shannon Brown nearly had a phenomenal put-back off the offensive rebound. It's plays like that which separate the Suns from the Heat, however, as he missed out on an opportunity for a second chance possession.
Haul in the rebound, kids. Don't go for the flashy play if it's not a 100% guarantee to go in.
Second Quarter, 6:11 remaining: Phoenix Suns 35 - 51 Miami Heat
Chris Bosh now has 12 points in the first half. Currently on pace for yet another 40 point game.
Shannon Brown counters with a three-pointer, bringing his point total to 10.
Second Quarter, 7:00 remaining: Phoenix Suns 35 - 49 Miami Heat
Anyone else upset we won't get to see the Miami Heat's Fearsome Foursome (LeBron, Wade, Allen, Bosh) play the Oklahoma City Thunder's former Core Four (Durant, Westbrook, Harden, Ibaka)?
Ray Allen with the corner three and the Heat are up 15 points. Not looking pretty for the Suns.
Current lineups see Norris Cole, Dwyane Wade, Ray Allen, Rashard Lewis and Udonis Haslem for the Heat.
For the Suns, it's Sebastian Telfair, Shannon Brown, Wesley Johnson, Luis Scola and Markieff Morris.
Second Quarter, 9:41 remaining: Phoenix Suns 28 - 43 Miami Heat
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