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James, Heat bounce back from loss, destroy Hornets

Mar 29, 2013, 10:58 PM EDT

Erik Spoelstra, Chris Bosh, LeBron James, Mike Miller AP

NEW ORLEANS — The Heat’s 27-game winning streak may be over, but they aren’t ready to stop terrorizing the rest of the NBA quite yet. The Heat still own the league’s best record and have the league’s best player, and they were out to prove a point on Friday night.

The Heat actually looked better against the Hornets than they did in the waning games of their incredible streak, actually starting the game off strong despite the absence of Mario Chalmers, taking a double-digit lead at the end of the first quarter, and never looking back.

LeBron James was an absolute house of fire. It was the kind of game that I, quite frankly, am just glad to have witnessed in person. With just under two minutes remaining in the first quarter, James teed up an in-rhythm three, and drained it. Then, on the next two possessions, he pulled up for two more threes, and hit two more threes. Instead of taking his customary rest to start the second quarter, LeBron stayed on the floor, and continued to rain sulfur on the Hornets.

He made a three on the Heat’s first possession of the second quarter, then pulled up with his foot on the line in transition…and drained that too. Then, on the next possession, everyone knew LeBron was going to shoot until he missed…and he drained the three anyways. Then he pumped the crowd up, successfully. To be clear, the Heat were on the road. On the next possession, he drove, pulled up, launched, and hit, then hit one more heat-check three for god measure. When the dust had settled, LeBron had made eight long jumpers in a row, six threes in a row, scored 23 points in five and a half minutes, and the Heat were up by 20, and it never really got competitive after that. When the best player in the world gets it going like that, there’s nothing you can do.

(Monty Williams wasn’t as impressed as some by LeBron’s performance: when asked after the game if LeBron’s performance was “Jordanesque,” Williams said “No. Michael played against men. LeBron is playing against little boys.”

The Heat didn’t let up on the gas pedal after LeBron cracked the game wide open, bearing down on the Hornets’ pick-and-roll sets, keeping Anthony Davis frustrated and in foul trouble, and generally keeping the Hornets from getting into anything resembling a groove all night long.

The Heat’s streak might be over, but everyone knows that ring #2 was always more important to this team than win #34, and on Friday night Miami showed why they’re still the favorites to get the former.

  1. packfaninvikeland - Mar 29, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    How do you write a blog, and not include the final score..or give main stats.. jesus christ. Tell me you did not go to college to have this job..Also.. who approves your reports? How much do they make a year? My god.. This was just a “ohh dude, you should have see it” kind of blog. Ugh..where do I sign up to do this job?

    • andrewproughcfe - Mar 30, 2013 at 1:26 AM

      Another “amazing” win against a hapless bottom-dweller by the mighty Heat. What – did they beat 4 teams with winning records during their “streak”? One win over the Thunder was about all they could really hang their hat on. The wins over the Knicks and Celtics were laughable, as both teams were missing major parts of their rosters due to injury.

      • hemingway87 - Mar 30, 2013 at 3:49 AM

        For the last time…Rockets, Clippers, Lakers, Thunder, Bulls (first time they beat them by 27 in Chicago), Grizzlies, Knicks, Pacers, Celtics. The Heat beat all of them during the streak and are the only team in the NBA that beat everybody else at least once. Additionally, they have a better winning percentage against the Western Conference (79% vs. 70% against the EC).

      • rawgator06 - Mar 30, 2013 at 8:54 AM

        pfft Hemingway87, you can keep your logic. The Heat are only .500 in the past 2 games! What kind of “elite” record is that?

      • miamatt - Mar 30, 2013 at 10:22 AM

        Hilarious, @ pfft Hemingway87. I’d give you two thumbs up if I could!

      • deeballer - Mar 30, 2013 at 4:42 PM

        You also forgot to mention that the Hornets ended the mighty Nugget’s winning streak. Oh wait, how could you forget if you never knew anything in the first place.

        Loved Hemingway87’s stats. Something Heat haters tend to ignore.

  2. timb12 - Mar 29, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    That was quite the score!

    I didn’t see it in the article.

  3. asimonetti88 - Mar 29, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    Monty Williams wasn’t as impressed as some by LeBron’s performance: when asked after the game if LeBron’s performance was “Jordanesque,” Williams said “No. Michael played against men. LeBron is playing against little boys.”

    lol. Monty Williams with the zinger against his own team.

  4. anthonymtx - Mar 29, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    Just FYI: it was 108 – 89

  5. asublimeday - Mar 29, 2013 at 11:57 PM


    Bulls are your daddy.

    • mikejd12 - Mar 30, 2013 at 12:49 AM

      The same bulls team the Heat beat in the playoffs to face Dallas in the championship? Oh wate that bulls team was better…. Get back at me when it counts!

    • WatchThis - Mar 30, 2013 at 8:43 AM

      :) Those bulls didn’t save anything to add 3 more games just like it.

  6. mikejd12 - Mar 30, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    Where’s all the haters??!! Hiding in there caves.

  7. mikejd12 - Mar 30, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    Monty Williams … What a comment… Guess the celtics were boys also… Game 6 in Boston season on the line and the king drops 30 in the first half…. Shut up dude.

  8. tampajoey - Mar 30, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    … and Lebron is still crying about the Bulls stealing his lunch and beating his a$$.

  9. hpeters77 - Mar 30, 2013 at 1:23 AM

    It’s the pelicans not hornets

  10. rodge1 - Mar 30, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    Hello haters. Playoffs are coming, start getting your excuses ready. Try to be more creative this year… Either way your tears and hate will continue to fuel the fans, especially the ones here in Miami.

    • tampajoey - Mar 30, 2013 at 10:47 AM

      Fans? There were no “fans” in Miami before Lebron got there. Don’t you remember all the empty seats? Oh, you mean the POSERS that jumped on the Heat Bandwagon… yeah, those aren’t fans.

  11. ibchuck33 - Mar 30, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    Hilarious, Miami “fans”

  12. thenew013 - Mar 30, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    if they were getting owned by lebron that bad than they shoulda just got a little physical with him. he is humugous but touch him a little and he gets rattled.

  13. michaeljordanseviltwin - Mar 30, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    The only part of LeBron’s game I don’t like is the ‘heat check’ 3-pointer or fade-away turnaround jumper he always takes after making a couple shots… but this time it worked 6 straight times. Awesome to see a guy just single-handedly kill a team like LeBron did last night. Almost had flashbacks of Game 6 in Boston last year… although obviously the stakes were much much much higher then.

  14. Mr. Wright 212 - Mar 30, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    Knicks have won 7 in a row. Not a word from these clowns who write these stories. SO EXPECTED.

    • deeballer - Mar 30, 2013 at 4:44 PM

      First time I ever heard a NY team fan cry that they don’t get enough attention. Loving this change.

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