MIAMI, FL - FEBRUARY 07: Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat drives against Antawn Jamison #4 of the Cleveland Cavaliers during a game at American Airlines Arena on February 7, 2012 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
The Miami Heat overcame a barrage of turnovers to pull away in the fourth quarter from the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Wade led all scorers with 26 points and contributed six assists. LeBron had 24 points and also six assists against his former team who are looking less and less like the dismal Cavaliers of last season. Antawn Jamison had a season high 25 points along with 9 rebounds and kept the Cavaliers close until late.
In a game where the Miami Heat committed 16 team turnovers, many of them coming from audacious pass attempts on the fast break, the Heat used their playoff lineup of Wade, James, Bosh, Udonis Haslem and Mike Miller to close out the final six minutes of the game. The lineup was so effective that Haslem and Miller finished with a plus-minus stat of +27 and +25, respectively.
The often inconsistent Mario Chalmers provided the steadying presence the Heat needed for much of the game. As Wade and LeBron drove past their defenders only to find a congested lane for much of the night, Chalmers proved very much the spot up shooter. He has made 17 3 point shots in the last five games, including four key ones tonight.
Of note, in the middle of the 4th quarter, Dwyane Wade made his 5,000th career field goal; fittingly, it was a layup where he sliced through the defense like so many of his previous baskets.
Impressed by: Udonis Haslem: Shooting only 40% on the season, Haslem has found his stroke of late. He finished with 14 points and brought the much needed energy from the Heat bench. His hard work paid off and he finished with five offensive rebounds and eight total boards.
Depressed By: The Heat's decision making: Way too many turnovers in the game. They forced passes all game and saw passing angles that were nonexistent. At times, it seems like the Heat play an arrogant brand of basketball, seemingly thinking that any decision they make is shielded by their invincible play. While they might get away with this type of play against the Cavs, the Heat need to round into shape against tougher opponents.
Next Up: Tomorrow night, 7:00 PM @ the Orlando Magic.