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Relentless Miami Heat wear down, blow out Trail Blazers

Mar 2, 2012, 2:28 AM EDT

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Portland came out with a real energy Thursday night — they were up for this one. Their All-Star, LaMarcus Aldridge, had a dozen first quarter points and the Blazers seemed to hit everything they put up. The Heat have been a juggernaut and for 12 minutes the Blazers matched it.

But the Heat are relentless. Dwyane Wade and LeBron James dominated this game, nearly outscoring Portland on their own in the first half. Miami’s bench players such as Udonis Haslem, Norris Cole and Mike Miller came in and the Heat keep pressing on defense, trying to run and attack every chance they get seemingly without pause. It wears teams down.

Led by Wade’s 12 second quarter points, the Heat pulled away in the second frame (outscoring Portland 28-18 in the second), eventually led by as much as 25 in the third and won 107-93. That is nine wins in a row for the Heat, all by double digits.

Wade had 22 points in the first half, James 19. That made the score at the break Trail Blazers 42, Wade and LeBron 41. Turns out the Heat have other guys on the team so the actual halftime score was 60-42. That was without Chris Bosh, who missed the game to be with family after the death of his grandmother.

While we’ve talked about LeBron in the post this season, it was Wade in the post in the first half and the Trail Blazers had no real defense for it. They had no real answer for the Heat in general.

Portland tried some zone — something that had some success early in the season — and the Heat destroyed it with penetration. But mostly it was the Heat’s defense — they were getting stops and turning the defense into offense all night.

LeBron finished with 38 points on 22 shots, plus 11 boards. Wade had 33 points on 23 shots, plus 10 assists.

When Miami is playing with this kind of energy, this kind of unity, putting that kind of pressure on opponents with their defense, there is not a team in the NBA that can beat them. They are finding a groove and really the only question is can they keep that groove going all the way to playoffs.

  1. edweird0 - Mar 2, 2012 at 2:36 AM

    What an enjoyable game. This is a great era for the NBA basketball in general. Let the good times keep rolling, GO HEAT!

  2. africanballer - Mar 2, 2012 at 3:02 AM

    you don’t have to be a fan to realise there’s real chemistry between LBJ & D-Wade, they’re excellent together, but the moment of truth (especially for LeBron) will come during post-season.

  3. crankdatmanningham82 - Mar 2, 2012 at 7:36 AM

    “Relentless Miami Heat wear down, blow out Trail Blazers”…winning by 14 is not a blow out.

    • Kurt Helin - Mar 2, 2012 at 7:16 PM

      If you saw that game, you’d see what I meant. It wasn’t that close.

  4. AlohaMrHand - Mar 2, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    *Chris Bosh waving from the background*

    Don’t forget me!Im part of the big three also!Remember me?!!!!!

    • edweird0 - Mar 2, 2012 at 10:38 AM

      You’re an idiot. He wasn’t a factor because he was away on personal business.

    • jondigital - Mar 2, 2012 at 10:58 AM

      Did you even read the article or just the headline?

  5. 1972wasalongtimeago - Mar 2, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    I freaking LOVE this team! This is a once-in-a-lifetime fan experience. Thank you Pat Riley. Thank you Mickey Arison.

    I don’t know if the Heat will win the championship. I hope they do. If they don’t, it will be devastating no doubt. But win or lose, watching this team night in and night out has been such a joy.

  6. pistolpete0903 - Mar 2, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    For all what it is, the Heat will be solely judged on their championship rings. In the playoffs, teams have time to study and adjust to the Heat over a long series. They can up Chicago’s regular season record, but they need to win atleast 2-3 rings to be considered as one of the best teams.

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Mar 2, 2012 at 12:20 PM

      Can we enjoy the moment? Is it really ONLY about winning at the end? Isn’t that the definition of being a bandwagon fan? Isn’t that the worst kind of fan? This team is awesome. You and all the others like you should stop worying about what may or may not happen in 3 1/2 months. Live in the now.

      Nobody who lives south of Boca Raton cares about comparing the Heat to any other team. Nobody south of Boca compares LeBron to Michael or to anyone else for that matter. These subjects bore us. Go watch Skip Bayless and Stephen A if this is important to you.

      Tonight it’s about Utah. Utah is going to play their best game all year. Same as every other team. It’s going to be a tough challenge, 2nd night of back to back on the road and short handed. Should be alot of fun.

      • southbeachtalent - Mar 2, 2012 at 1:09 PM

        No, according to the media and the haters we are only allowed to start celebrating after the 4th championship. Ridiculous as usual.

        I am enjoying every second of every game. Watching the opposing team’s fans leave feeling dirty is such a pleasure. I also love to see the same fans that boo LeBron on every possesion cheer his dunks. Its wonderful. Next Utah. We have to stop Milsap!

        GO HEAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • pistolpete0903 - Mar 6, 2012 at 8:36 PM

        No dude….he had great regular seasons with Cleveland (if my memory serves right, they had the best record in the league for one season). He ‘shipped out his talents’ to SOuth Beach to win championships. Unless he wins one (remember what Dirk had to go through…and did he respond!!!) and CARRIES the Heat, he will keep hearing that.

  7. DonRSD - Mar 2, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    Most enjoyable team in sports to watch = MY HEAT!!!
    Don’t worry about the bandwagon fans. 31 years old and a Heat fan since inception.
    LET’S GO HEAT!!!

  8. rotaylla - Mar 2, 2012 at 3:22 PM

    Miami heat is the TEAM to beat this season..won’t be suprise if they win the championship and Lebron bags the M V P…

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