February 16, 2013
LeBron James had 39 points, 12 rebounds, and seven assists, and the Miami Heat trampled the host Oklahoma City Thunder, 110-100, in a Thursday night showcase before the all-star break. Chris Bosh chipped in 20 points and 12 rebounds as the Heat won their sixth straight against the Thunder dating to last year's NBA Finals. Miami swept the season series after winning on its home court on Christmas Day, following up after taking the last four games of the Finals. James was in position to continue his record run of games with at least 30 points and 60 percent shooting to seven, but missed from beyond the three-point line as the shot clock ran down with just over a minute left.
February 4, 2012 |
If Friday's game at the Wells Fargo Center was a yardstick game for the 76ers, a way to compare their 16-6 record with the 16-6 record of the Miami Heat, then the night didn't turn out to be very encouraging. If it was merely a test to see if they could still stay with one of the best teams in the league, the team that bounced them from the postseason last year, then there were a few more positives. After watching how far the Sixers have come under Doug Collins, everyone agrees their glass is half-full now. But after getting shrugged off by the Heat, 99-79, it's also clear that it is still just half a glass.
April 22, 2011
I'M JUST NOT sure how much more you can ask of the 76ers than what they gave last night at the Wells Fargo Center. Coming home with a 2-0 deficit in their Eastern Conference playoff series, they responded exactly the way a young and seemingly overmatched team would against an opponent as formidable as the Miami Heat. You wanted passion. The Sixers displayed it. You wanted heart. The Sixers bled theirs out. You wanted determination, courage, fight, composure, toughness.
January 20, 2014 |
For a few seconds Friday night, a Fox Sports camera found Greg Oden on the visitors' bench at the Wells Fargo Center, framing a close-up of a facial expression that's become so common over the years. There was Oden, the league's top pick in the 2007 draft, with his head turned to the right to follow the action in the Miami Heat's 101-86 victory over the Sixers, his right hand touching his lower lip, a faraway look in his eyes. Oden's face filled the screen before the camera quickly cut back to the game, back to LeBron James and Dwyane Wade and the overmatched Sixers.
May 9, 2013 |
SO MUCH FOR that notion of the Miami Heat being in trouble. Sure, they've lost homecourt advantage in these Eastern Conference semifinals. But an absolute domination of the visiting Chicago Bulls last night made the reigning NBA champions look like the clear-cut team to beat in this title race once again. "We're still in the hole," said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, whose team will need to win at least one game in Chicago if it's going to prevail in this series. But given how one-sided last night's game was, that wouldn't seem like too tall a challenge.
April 24, 2010 |
Paul Pierce demanded the ball for the last shot. The Boston Celtics were rewarded. And the much-anticipated offseason of 2010 is closer than the Miami Heat ever wanted. Pierce's 21-foot jumper at the buzzer - with injured Heat star Dwyane Wade watching helplessly from the bench - gave the visiting Celtics a 100-98 win over Miami in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference first-round playoff series last night. Boston leads the best-of-seven 3-0, and will go for the sweep tomorrow afternoon in Miami.
December 12, 2005 |
Playing for the first time in 5 weeks, Shaquille O'Neal came through in the clutch - and at the free throw line, of all places. The NBA's most notoriously erratic foul shooter sank the second of two tries with a second left in regulation to force overtime, and the Miami Heat ended a four-game losing streak by beating visiting Washington, 104-101, last night. Coming off the bench in his first action since a sprained right ankle sidelined him Nov. 3, O'Neal finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds, four in overtime.
April 27, 2005 |
Alonzo Mourning was supposed to be an insurance policy for the Miami Heat, someone to give the Heat a few good minutes off the bench and take some rebounding and defensive responsibilities off Shaquille O'Neal's mammoth shoulders. Last night, Mourning was much, much more for the Heat, which took a 2-0 lead in its Eastern Conference quarterfinal series with the visiting New Jersey Nets. Mourning, who wanted out of New Jersey earlier this season because he didn't consider the Nets a championship contender, scored 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds in 16 minutes - helping the Heat to a 104-87 win. "It's important that each and every one of us stay ready," said Mourning, whose high in 19 games in his late-season return to the Heat was only 11 points.
June 4, 2005 |
Dwyane Wade accompanied the Miami Heat to Detroit yesterday. Whether he'll join them on the basketball court tonight remains unknown. Wade's strained right rib muscle remained so painful and tender yesterday that he wasn't able to participate in his team's light on-court workout. His status won't be determined until today, but teammates are preparing themselves for the prospect of playing without him in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals. "He definitely didn't look like one of the top 50 beautiful people when he came in this morning," backcourt mate Damon Jones said, referring to Wade's recent inclusion on People magazine's annual list.
March 7, 1997 |
On the scoreboard and in the standings, the Miami Heat lost their lead. Tracy Murray scored a season-high 22 points and visiting Washington erased a 15-point, fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Heat, 99-95, knocking Miami out of first place in the Atlantic Division. Miami, the division leader since Jan. 15, fell one-half game behind the New York Knicks. "Just a terrible loss," Heat forward P.J. Brown said, "probably the worst of the year. " Isaac Austin had a career-high 19 points for Miami, and teammate Jamal Mashburn also had 19. In other games: HORNETS 122, CELTICS 121 At Charlotte, Glen Rice scored a franchise-record 48 points and Anthony Mason had his second straight triple-double as the Hornets beat Boston in overtime.