Miami Heat vs. Orlando Magic: Postgame Grades and Analysis for Miami
Dwyane Wade took the night off once again with knee issues, leaving LeBron James responsible for seeing the streak through another night. James took that responsibility seriously, posting a near-triple-double with 24 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds.
The Heat's three-point brigade carried Miami from there, nailing 15-of-28 from beyond the arc. Mario Chalmers had four treys en route to 17 points and Ray Allen chipped in four for 12 points off the bench.
Putting up the biggest fight for Orlando was Jameer Nelson with 27 points and 12 assists. Tobias Harris scored 20 points in defeat as well.
The beat marches on for the Miami Heat, who carry the 27-game win streak into Chicago to take on the Bulls Wednesday. The win improves their record to 56-14, while the Magic fall to 18-53.
Let's hit the Bleacher Report classroom to see how the dominant Heat won their 27th straight.
Mario Chalmers, MIA PG: B+
The toughest matchup of any Heat starter went to Mario Chalmers against the Orlando Magic.
Chalmers went to battle against Jameer Nelson and was hit by an offensive truck. Nelson brought his A-game and torched Chalmers' defense to the tune of 27 points and 12 assists.
Chalmers' job was to somewhat nullify Nelson's effect so his teammates could take over and get the Heat to their next win. With 17 points, five assists and three steals of his own, he was able to take a chunk out of Nelson's gains, and it did wind up being enough.
He joined the Heat's three parade with four of his own. It was a great bounce-back game from Chalmers, who was nonexistent against the Charlotte Bobcats last time out.
Mike Miller, MIA SG: C
Mike Miller has been lightly used this season, and rightly so. He has been just a step up from awful.
However, in the absence of Dwyane Wade, Miller earned his sixth start of the season. He tried to take advantage of the opportunity to get extended minutes, but he was just OK. Miller didn't hit a three, despite his teammates pouring in 15, though he did get seven points and five assists.
In 20 minutes, Miller didn't make much of a case for his starts becoming a regular thing. With Wade set to return, expect Miller to go back to garbage-time duty.
LeBron James, MIA SF: A
It was a lackluster first half from James, who had just six points before intermission. An 11-point third quarter paced Miami as they built a double-digit lead. That little push he gave them tipped the scales, and the flood started.
James continued to dominate through the fourth quarter, whipping creative passes to teammates all over the floor. He left the game for good with about three minutes left after his own jumper put Miami up 20. He was pulled just a bit too early to earn a triple-double, as he finished with 24 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds in 39 minutes.
Without D-Wade, James had to do a little bit of everything. Instead, he did a whole lot of everything. James shot 9-of-16 from the field and posted an impressive plus-25. This was his seventh straight 20-plus-point game.
It is still hard to imagine someone playing better than this.
Udonis Haslem, MIA PF: B
Despite the start, Udonis Haslem saw only 18 minutes of action.
Those were some impressive minutes, however. Haslem nearly posted a double-double with six points and 10 rebounds. He was 3-of-4 from the floor and had one of the more active games of any Heat player.
Five of Haslem's 10 boards came on the offensive glass. The Heat wound up going with Shane Battier in the second half, though, granting the reserve 24 minutes.
Chris Bosh, MIA C: C+
With the Orlando Magic sitting Nikola Vucevic for the game, Chris Bosh should've had an easy night.
Instead, he showed minimal effort and was outplayed by a pair of would-be D-Leaguers. Kyle O'Quinn and Tobias Harris combined for 32 points and 11 rebounds in the Magic frontcourt, really putting a beating on Bosh.
Bosh couldn't find the hole, going 4-of-14 from the field for just 12 points. He grabbed nine rebounds (three offensive) but never took over the game like he should have been able to.
Bosh didn't supply enough offensive help to LeBron James. Thankfully, Miami had an absurd night from beyond the arc to cover up Bosh's light night.
Ray Allen, MIA SG: B
When the threes are falling, the Miami Heat are nearly impossible to beat. When the threes are falling like they were against the Orlando Magic, Ray Allen is usually going to be responsible.
Allen bucketed two threes to open the fourth quarter, putting Orlando in an insurmountable hole.
Allen did little else, but his four threes really keyed the Heat barrage from downtown. He was 4-of-6 from beyond the arc, only attempting (and missing) one other field goal. Allen's end total was 12 points, one rebound and one assist.
Miami Heat Bench: A-
The Miami Heat bench was down the starting Mike Miller, but that didn't seem to harm them at all.
They added to the three-point party started by Mario Chalmers. Led by Ray Allen's four threes, Rashard Lewis chipped in three of his own for 11 points. Norris Cole was 3-of-4 as well, finishing with nine points and four assists.
Chris Andersen was mildly effective, scoring seven points on 3-of-5 shooting.
On the downside, Shane Battier had just three points in 24 minutes.