Miami Heat Scorch Phoenix Suns, 124-99
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There were several subplots at the center of this victory: Chris Bosh continued his hot shooting with 18 points, most which came in the first half.
Joining Bosh was Dwyane Wade, who stuffed the stat sheet with 22 points, six assists, three rebounds, and two steals.
Ray Allen contributed 15 points off the bench on 3-of-4 from the three-point arc, and LeBron James added 23 points, but it was the contribution of another player who remains under the radar but above the rim: Mario Chalmers continues to be very efficient leading the team at the point position.
Chalmers finished with nine points and 11 rebounds with only one turnover. Chalmers has been very steady so far this season, having recorded 28 assists to only six turnovers in four games.
With the Big 4 present and in full effect, it's very clear who are the leaders of the Miami Heat. But it's the effort of other 11 players that will either help them reclaim all the marbles or keep them grounded come NBA Finals 2013.
You have to love the progress of this team, but in a few days the first true test awaits as they'll be required to take their show on the road starting this Friday. The seven-day, six-game road trip will take them from Atlanta to Phoenix and includes two sets of back-to-back games.
Tomorrow, the Miami Heat will spend election day at home (or perhaps at the polls), but Wednesday night they'll be back on the hardwood against the Nets—the first meeting between the two teams since the Nets move to Brooklyn.
Miami will forever be the Heat's home, but with so many New Yorkers in the city don't be surprised if Heat fans get drowned out by the sound of that old-school rap anthem which will undoubtedly ask: "Is Brooklyn in the House?"
Wednesday night, we'll all find out. Stay tuned!
Miami Heat will host the Brooklyn Nets Live from American Airlines Arena Wednesday at 7:30 ET.
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