A four-game road swing got off to a good start last night as the Miami Heat overpowered the Charlotte Bobcats 105-92 in a solid game that could have gone otherwise after a highly emotional and very physical game with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Heat Head Coach Erik Spoelstra may have had avoiding that letdown on his mind, speaking to his players before the game, Spoelstra emphasized the need for intensity and maintaining the balance.
Miami responded, with LeBron James scoring 27 points on the night, including a three-pointer late in the fourth, and Dwyane Wade topped that with 29 points of his own. Chris Chalmers added 17 and the Heat cruised late.
“I thought we came in with the right mindset and disposition,” Spoelstra said. “We were a little more inconsistent in the second half, but we found a way. That Charlotte team continues to claw and scratch and plays hard regardless of the tough road they’ve had. They just keep on coming at you.”
James is on somewhat of a tear to end the 2012 portion of the NBA season. So far this month he’s averaged over 26 points per game, grabbed 8.4 rebounds per game, and kept up his string of assists at over 7. That bodes well for a team with excellent talent over the starting lineup, giving each player the chance to excel and making it difficult for opponents to key in on any one player.
Next stop for the Miami Heat is in Detroit where the Pistons await. While the Heat have won six straight, let’s remember they are 6-4 on the road with three games remaining before a return to American Airlines Arena. Pushing that road record to a 70% or better mark would go a long way towards helping Miami lock up a #1 seed in the NBA Playoffs.