Miami Heat vs. Phoenix Suns: Live Score, Results and Game Highlights
The Heat move to 15-1 over the past two seasons when Dwyane Wade has been on the bench, beating the Phoenix Suns by seven points.
The Heat had to fight off the Suns and their numerous runs throughout the game, but with LeBron leading the way, the Heat were able to do just that.
Miami Heat 97, Phoenix Suns 88
Keys to the game for the Miami Heat
—LeBron James' ability to get into the paint and finish strong late in the game.
—Chris Bosh playing efficient and productive throughout the entire four quarters.
—Shooting above 50 percent from the field tonight (53.5 FG%)
The Miami Heat were able to outlast the Phoenix Suns with defense (shockingly enough this season) and with their fearless leader, LeBron James, taking control in the fourth quarter.
Check out these box scores for the Miami Heat and the Phoenix Suns, courtesy of NBA.com.
There it is folks, the Heat fight of the Suns and their pesky runs to get a 97-88 win tonight.
Players of the game:
Chris Bosh with 24 points on 9-11 shooting, with 9 rebounds and 2 blocks for the Miami Heat.
Goran Dragic with 12 points, 8 assist, 5 rebounds and 4 steals.
As usual, Michael Beasley started off strong but cooled off. His inability to get into the paint late in the game was a major reason why the Suns ultimately fell to the Heat.
For a guy fighting sickness, LeBron didn't have a bad night. He put up 21 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists.
The one thing the Heat really need to figure out is how they are going to increase their bench production. Against the Suns, the Heat bench accounted for just 20 points, which is embarrassing when compared to the Suns 51 points off the bench.
For a sick guy, LeBron's had quite a day: 21 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists on 8-20 shooting.
Chris Bosh though stole the show, with 24 points on 9-11 shooting.
Heat 95, Suns 88—0:28 remaining in the 4th quarter
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful play by LeBron James to put the dagger in the Suns' heart.
Spin move and one-handed finish over Marcin Gortat. You can't stop him, you can only hope to contain him, and unfortunately the Suns couldn't contain LeBron there.
Heat 94, Suns 88—0:44 remaining in the 4th quarter
Beasley misses a WIDE-OPEN 10-foot jumper. Most people reading this could've hit that shot. Maybe that's why the Heat got rid of him.
Heat 92, Suns 88—1:28 remaining in the 4th quarter
Goran Dragic with the steal and beats Chalmers in a foot race to pull the Suns within two points of the Heatles.
Needless to say, another run for the Suns. Just can't get consistent play though. Let's see what happens here.
Heat 90, Suns 88—2:10 remaining in the 4th quarter
Suns are back in it with about four left. Thanks to some aggressive play by Michael Beasley and Sebastian Telfair (Yes Telfair still plays)
Heat 90, Suns 83—3:14 remaining in the 4th quarter
LeBron with a sick reverse dunk. When he's pulling off reverse dunks you know it's time for the game to be over.
Heat 88, Suns 79—5:09 remaining in the 4th quarter
The Heat rattle off seven straight points to to take a seven-point lead with 5:53 left in the 4th quarter.
Chris Bosh with 20, LeBron with 16, Shane Battier with 12, Mario Chalmers with 11
Heat 86, Suns 79—5:53 remaining in the 4th quarter
The Phoenix Suns are playing like this game means a lot to them. The Heat on the other hand are playing like they could care less. Not impressed by the Heat.
Heat 81, Suns 79—with 7:30 remaining in the 4th quarter
Dwyane Wade doesn't look too pleased at his team's lackadaisical effort tonight.
Either that or he just saw that Kansas State is getting blown out by Baylor.
Heat 79, Suns 77—8:44 remaining in the 4th quarter
LeBron misses two fade away jumpers against P.J. Tucker. Maybe we've found LeBron's kryptonite. That's funny isn't it?
Heat 79, Suns 77—9:29 remaining in the 4th quarter
LeBron back in to start the 4th quarter, and he ends the Heat's scoreless streak with an easy bucket.
Shannon Brown answers with a circus shot that looks like he should be wearing a Harlem Globetrotters jersey. Fancy stuff for Brown.
Heat 77, Suns 73—10:55 remaining in the 4th quarter
It's been a game of runs for the Suns tonight.
An 11-0 run during the last three minutes of the 3rd quarter means the Suns are down just four points as the 4th quarter gets under way. Even if LeBron is really sick, the Heat need him on the court.
Heat 75, Suns 71—start of the 4th quarter
With LeBron on the bench, the Suns continue to go on runs—getting back within six points after being down 15 just a few minutes ago.
Heat 75, Suns 69—0:08 remaining in the 3rd quarter
Chris Bosh's performance (20 points on 8-10 shooting) brings up this necessary question:
"Would the Heat be able to be dominant without Bosh?"
Heat 75, Suns 67—1:00 remaining in the 3rd quarter
Jermaine O'Neal is showing that even at the age of 34 he's still got some fuel left in the tank.
He's got 10 points and he still hasn't missed a shot. Keep an eye on his development this season, the Heat could eye him up in a trade if hey need size as the season goes along.
Heat 75, Suns 62—2:30 remaining in the 3rd quarter
The Miami Heat can't miss in the 2nd half. The Suns on the other hand, can't hit anything.
Heat 70, Suns 58—4:22 remaining in the 3rd quarter
Mike Miller knocks down a three ball, reminds us of his amazing NBA Finals performance.
Heat 65, Suns 56—6:21 remaining in the 3rd quarter
Heat are on a 9-0 run in the last 3 minutes.
Luis Scola just can't' catch a break tonight. 1-4 on the night, and he just had one sit on the back of the rim for about an hour and a half before it fell off.
Sometimes it's just not your night.
Heat 56, Suns 56—9:45 remaining in the 3rd quarter
Points in the paint comparison: Suns (24), Heat (16)
You might think a number of those points are coming from Marcin Gortat and Luis Scola, but the real difference maker in the paint has been Michael Beasley tonight. Let's see how long he can keep that going.
Heat 52, Suns 52—start of the 3rd quarter
@NotBillWalton called it right
LeBron wins a ring. Knicks 6-0. Clippers better than the Lakers. Bobcats have a winning record. 2012 almost over. Well played Mayans!— Not Bill Walton (@NotBillWalton) November 16, 2012
In honor of LeBron playing sick tonight, check out Michael Jordan's infamous flu game.
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