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Wade sits out, doesn’t matter as Heat extend streak to 26, rout Bobcats

Mar 24, 2013, 9:51 PM EDT

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The team with the best record in the NBA was taking on the team with the worst record in the NBA, how did you think this was going to end?

Even with Dwyane Wade out resting a sore knee, the Heat stuck to their script — fell behind by double digits early (19-8), cranked up the defensive pressure, watched LeBron James take over and pull away in the second half for the easy win, this time 109-77 over Charlotte.

That would be 26 straight wins for the Heat, the second longest streak in NBA history Next up is a scrappy but undermanned Orlando team on Monday. Later in the week come some interesting tests — at Chicago on Wednesday and at San Antonio Sunday.

As for this Sunday, it was more of the same for Miami. Starting with LeBron being LeBron — 32 points on 11-of-14 shooting with 10 assists. He did what he wanted, when he wanted, and Charlotte had no answer.

Wade’s injury was the biggest news of the day, but it’s more the kind of nagging thing the Heat want to get rest for now, before the playoffs start. Erik Spoelstra chose the game against the league’s worst team and before a tough four-game road trip to get that rest. Smart call.

Ask a few people around the league what will eventually do in the Heat’s streak it is that choice — Spoelstra resting guys and thinking playoffs not the streak. But that doesn’t really matter against Charlotte. Even when Mike Miller starts in Wade’s place and needs seven shots to get six points.

With LeBron and Chris Bosh — 15 points, six rebounds in a solid if not explosive effort — plus some big minutes from Chris Andersen off the bench, the Heat owned the frontcourt and that was the key here. Miami’s starting frontcourt outscored Charlotte’s 48-20.

Kemba Walker kept attacking for Charlotte on his way to 20 points, Gerald Henderson added 18. The problem was those two needed 39 shots to get those 38 points. As a team the Bobcats shot 33.7 percent overall and just 20 percent (5-of-25) from three.

It was the kind of game for the Heat where even Norris Cole looked pretty good — he was slashing into the defense and had 15 points and 6 assists, as he seemed to make the right decision every play.

Miami keeps rolling. Charlotte’s fans might have been better served watching the NCAA tournament, scouting high draft picks (in a down draft, this isn’t the best year to suck).

  1. pantsfreezone - Mar 24, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    I often wonder what a basketball rim did to LeBron when he was younger. HE HATES THEM SO VERY MUCH AND PUNISHES THEM VICIOUSLY EVERY NIGHT!

  2. dirtydavis - Mar 24, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    Meh

  3. miamatt - Mar 24, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    EIGHT

    • cantonbound13 - Mar 25, 2013 at 12:11 PM

      The best thing about this streak is Moron Matt is learning how to count.

      • miamatt - Mar 25, 2013 at 12:18 PM

        This from the fan of a team who is paying Carmelo Anthony $64.67 million per playoff win.

        I appreciate the captilization on your “Moron Matt” dig; I can now sleep easy, knowing that I’m a proper noun to you.

        Seriously, though, how did you get away from your handlers, troll?

      • cantonbound13 - Mar 25, 2013 at 12:44 PM

        Isn’t that the same amount they are paying Bosh Spice per rebound?
        Not a proper noun, just simply a MORON!

      • miamatt - Mar 25, 2013 at 5:50 PM

        #1 The Carmelo dig was in response to your repeated “Bosh Spice” BS, in no way, shape, or form does it work the other way around. The funny thing is that your comment is a tired exaggeration, while mine is a literal statement of fact. That is precisely how much the Knicks have commited to, thus far, ONE playoff win.

        #2 If you ever make a comment that ISN’T a cowardly, personal insult towards somebody you’ll never meet, OR the worst kind of lowest-common-denominator drivel spewed out for the sole purpose of getting a reaction, I’ll eat my hat.

  4. patfic15 - Mar 24, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    The Knicks are gonna end this streak Apr. 2.

    • nobandwagonridersallowed - Mar 24, 2013 at 11:16 PM

      Oh, you mean like they did on March 3rd in the Garden? (Mia 99 – NY93) They are a part of history right now though if that makes you feel better… They were #14 in a row on this journey. Lol

    • cantonbound13 - Mar 25, 2013 at 12:18 PM

      What does it matter? The bandwagoners will just say, “It’s the regular season & it doesn’t mean anything”

  5. nobandwagonridersallowed - Mar 24, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    “It was the kind of game for the Heat where even Norris Cole looked pretty good — he was slashing into the defense and had 15 points and 6 assists, as he seemed to make the right decision every play.” -Kurt Helin

    That was a very disrespectful comment issued IMO… “where even Norris Cole looked pretty good”… Wtf?? If you hadn’t noticed, Kurt, this kid is pretty good PERIOD DOT! Should’ve saved that one for when and if, Juwan Howard puts up meaningful points and or minutes.

    • Kurt Helin - Mar 25, 2013 at 2:48 AM

      Actually look at the lineup numbers during the streak with Cole on and off the court. Cole has been an anchor on this team of late.

      • nobandwagonridersallowed - Mar 25, 2013 at 5:58 AM

        @ Kurt Helin… I stand corrected. You are right when talking about numbers during the streak.

    • dko83 - Mar 25, 2013 at 3:03 AM

      He looks better than he is because he plays for the best team in the league. Be more of a crusader for an average pg… if ya could.

  6. ravensfan19 - Mar 24, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    Lol at the People who think Miami are Leaving San Antonio with their Streak still in tact. We almost beat the Heat earlier without Parker, Manu, Duncan, Leonard etc.

    • jimmymarlinsfan - Mar 24, 2013 at 11:26 PM

      That game is the past. The Spurs role players played out of their minds that night. The Heat very well may lose but I wouldn’t be so sure of yourself

    • ceschatz - Mar 25, 2013 at 12:23 PM

      You do realize the meaning of the word “almost” right?

    • mydoghasfleez - Mar 25, 2013 at 2:10 PM

      A few weeks back that meteor “almost” hit the earth.

  7. totoywoods - Mar 24, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    heats streak will be done…

    bulls gonna beat them,
    D ROSE COME BACK NOW PLEASE!

  8. 1972wasalongtimeago - Mar 24, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    Basketball Heaven

    Heat, Canes, FGCU; and yes, even the Gators.

    But its also Football Hell. Who’d have ever thought?

    • cantonbound13 - Mar 25, 2013 at 12:14 PM

      Too bad football & baseball season are coming up for you.

  9. michaeljordanseviltwin - Mar 24, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    It’s a good thing the Heat are going for the win-streak record against the Warriors. Mark Jackson would forfeit or sabotage the game somehow to prevent them from making history against his team.

    • michaeljordanseviltwin - Mar 24, 2013 at 11:50 PM

      *aren’t even

  10. totoywoods - Mar 25, 2013 at 12:56 AM

    go bulls!

  11. dko83 - Mar 25, 2013 at 2:44 AM

    “I think they’re the best team in the NBA, but I wouldn’t call them a great team. I wouldn’t rank them anywhere near the top 10 best teams ever.”

    — Knicks great Walt Frazier, putting the current Heat team in historical perspective.

    Walt said it, not me.

    • pantsfreezone - Mar 25, 2013 at 7:29 AM

      One of the worst commentators in sports is Walt Frazier and, like Reggie Miller, a person who’s opinion I respect about as much as a head of lettuce.

      • borderline1988 - Mar 25, 2013 at 10:56 AM

        This is a defending championship team, the odds on favourite to repeat, with the best player in the game (and undoubtedly one of the top 10 in history), and has the 2nd longest win streak in NBA history.

        How is this not one of the best teams ever?

        And here’s the thing about most of the former players turned broadcasters – there’s a lot of ego involved and objectivity is certainly not something a fan should expect. Barkley, Shaq, Miller, etc. – they all let their own egos talk for them and are devoid of objective analysis.

      • jimeejohnson - Mar 25, 2013 at 1:00 PM

        That makes you an ignorant little punk. Congratulations!

      • mydoghasfleez - Mar 25, 2013 at 2:12 PM

        LMAO – that’s a good one

  12. soflasfinest - Mar 25, 2013 at 6:55 AM

    The haters are running out of things to say!!

  13. rodge1 - Mar 25, 2013 at 8:40 AM

    @ravensfan19

    Just like the Heat couldn’t win with Wade & James on the same team?… Or just like LeBron wasn’t clutch?… Or was it like the Heat couldn’t beat anyone from the West last year?
    You should keep your day-job in Baltimore, or San Antonio, or whichever team’s city you choose to jump to next week.

    • ravensfan19 - Mar 25, 2013 at 8:50 PM

      I been a Ravens fan and Spurs fan all My Life. I’m not bandwagoner Like Most of You Heat fans. Most of you have to use google to find out who Alonzo Mourning and Tim Hardaway are.

  14. rodge1 - Mar 25, 2013 at 8:42 AM

    @dko83

    Who the hell is Walt Frazier and who cares what he has to say besides depressed Knicks’ fans?

    • jimeejohnson - Mar 25, 2013 at 1:02 PM

      Another ignorant punk. Frazier is one of the top 50 greatest players of all time, and very astute, unlike you and your little punk buddies.

    • dko83 - Mar 25, 2013 at 1:30 PM

      I’m not a Knicks fan, and I care. Sounds like the ONLY people that doesn’t care what he has to say all of a sudden are Miami fans.

      • jimmymarlinsfan - Mar 25, 2013 at 2:04 PM

        Nah. I’m pretty sure no one has ever cared what Walt Frazier is saying. Or is he still selling just for men?

      • mydoghasfleez - Mar 25, 2013 at 2:15 PM

        He used to wear a “purty” fur coat.

  15. patfic15 - Mar 25, 2013 at 8:45 AM

    15 wins against teams under.500…. And no, they are not one of the greatest teams ever. For this NBA..maybe.

    • pantsfreezone - Mar 25, 2013 at 8:58 AM

      The Wizards just beat the Lakers and beat the Thunder. The Celtics just lost to the Hornets. Bad teams beat good teams on any given day. Beating 15 teams in a row no matter their record is impressive. Beating 26 teams in a row including (Knicks, Thunder, Pacers, Celtics, Bulls, Lakers, Rockets, Nuggets, Grizzlies, Clippers etc.)

      And let’s not pretend like they didn’t blow out Indiana, OKC, Chicago, Clippers and Lakers and more during the streak.

      What Miami is doing is incredible and they are definitely one of the greatest teams of all time.

      Next time you have a thought, patfic15, just let it go.

      • southbeachtalent - Mar 25, 2013 at 11:11 AM

        Remember we also pay off the refs, so there’s that too. Oh and Stern wants us too win it all so we are covered…

        Hahahahahahahahahahahaha the haters are progressively getting more desperate and pathetic!

  16. southbeachtalent - Mar 25, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Utter DOMINATION!

    Plain and simple, bring on the bulls and those old creaky Spurs!

  17. trimaster1 - Mar 25, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    If the Heat win the title this year, they must be included in the conversation as one of the greatest single season teams of all time. yes, Jordan won 72 in one season, but even he didn’t win 26 in a row…

    If they win this one and another title next year, they’ll have to be included in the dynasty talks. Imagine if they would’ve won in 2011. We’d be talking 3-peat.

    There will be those who will NEVER see Lebron as one of the best, partly because they might be biased towards Kobe or Jordan. I can respect that, but sometimes you have to take a step back and look at things objectively. Jordan himself said Lebron wouldn’t be able to play in his era. I disagree with that. Is Jordan playing mind games? (He’s done it before.) Maybe he doesn’t want people to think Lebron is that good? Maybe he doesn’t want people to even THINK he’s as good as he was? or maybe even BETTER?

    Lebron is playing at a level we may not see again for years to come. Just sit back and appreciate a great show. To think he’s still in his 20’s. This could be an unforgettable ride…

  18. jimeejohnson - Mar 25, 2013 at 1:11 PM

    There will be those who will NEVER see Lebron as one of the best because they are stupid, hateful, losers! I’m no Heat fan but as a fan of this game for almost 50 years, I know talent when I see it. LeBron is one of the greatest EVER, and if some ignorant piece of crap can’t figure it out, who cares.

    • mydoghasfleez - Mar 25, 2013 at 2:18 PM

      amen

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