The Miami Heat have started hot against the Denver Nuggets, shooting 55 percent from three-point land through the first three quarters. Denver fought back in the fourth, outscoring Miami 27-19 to close the gap to within a point.
But LeBron James and the beleaguered Heat had just enough to hold on.
James led the Heat with 27 points, while Kenneth Faried had 16 points and 20 boards for the Nuggets.
It wasn't pretty, and the Heat's flaws (poor rebounding and inconsistent defense) certainly played a part in the narrow victory. But on the back end of a -back-to-back and playing without Dwyane Wade, Miami gutted one out.
The Nuggets, who struggled to find their perimeter shots all night, fought back valiantly in the fourth, but ultimately couldn't dig out of the hole they dug themselves in the first three quarters. Scoring issues aside, Denver played well—especially on the boards, where the the Nuggets outrebounded the Heat 48-29.
Final Score: Miami Heat 98, Denver Nuggets 93