Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Heat win two straight, look forward to Pacers

After dropping to 3-2 on the season, the Heat are on a two game winning streak.  The Heat have won their last two games fairly easy winning by an average of 9.5 points.  The team was led by the "Perfect Duo" in both victories.  Chris Bosh has yet to score less than 20 points and Dwyane Wade registered a double-double against the Mavericks.  Up next is the Indiana Pacers on ESPN Wednesday night.  It will be the Heat's first appearance on a national stage this season.

The Heat returned home to face the Timberwolves after losing on the road to Charlotte.  Wade led the way scoring 25 points with Bosh right behind at 24.  Bosh didn't shoot well in the first half and finished the night 9-21.  Minnesota became the first team in the past 9 years to start two teenagers, Zach Lavine (5 pts) and Andrew Wiggins (10 pts).  Wade put the finishing touches on the night by splitting a double team and finishing with two hands at the rim.

After handling the T'Wolves, the Heat went on the road to face the rival Mavericks.  The Mavericks haven't won a regular season match-up against the Heat since beating them in the Finals.  Luol Deng had his Heat coming out party in this one scoring 30 points while knocking down 4 threes.  Both Bosh and Wade had double-doubles each have 20-10.  Bosh is an early season candidate for MVP.  Mario Chalmers scored 18 points off the bench while starter Norris Cole didn't score.

The Heat and Pacers will square off for the first time since the Heat defeated them in the playoffs.  Both teams will look dramatically different.  The Pacers lost Lance Stephenson this offseason and also are without Paul George and David West due to injury.  The Heat will have three different starters in the lineup than they had last postseason: Norris Cole, Luol Deng, and Shawne Williams.  Williams has been productive hitting spot up threes.  The Pacers leading scorer so far this season is Chris Copeland.

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