'Temp Check' Show: Heat 107, Cavs 91
February, 8, 2012
By Michael Wallace
MIAMI - LeBron James and Dwyane Wade combined for 50 points and 12 assists, Chris Bosh grabbed a team-high nine rebounds, Mario Chalmers maintained his hot 3-point stroke and the Heat got boosts off the bench from Mike Miller and Udonis Haslem to shut down the Cleveland Cavaliers 107-91 on Tuesday at AmericanAirlines Arena.
The Heat (19-6) used one of their strong defensive blitzes early in the fourth quarter, forcing the Cavaliers to miss 13 of their first 15 shots, and turned a contested game into a blowout to win for the eighth time in nine games.
The highlights? Bosh actually got a bit of payback from the last matchup and dunked on Samardo Samuels, who slammed on the Heat five times when the teams met two weeks ago. Mike Miller also got up high enough Tuesday night to dunk a putback attempt - but whiffed on it when he realized he had no business with his hand that far above the rim.
"I knew something was wrong when I was actually looking down at the rim," Miller joked after the game of his fourth-quarter putback attempt gone wrong. "I haven't been that high up in a long time. I didn't know what to do."
Unless it's against the Milwaukee Bucks, the Heat can't seem to do much wrong these days. Since Jan. 17, Miami is 0-2 against the Bucks, but 11-0 against the rest of the league.
So where do the Heat go from here? Orlando for Wednesday's game to start a potentially grueling six-game road trip that includes Miami's lone back-to-back-to-back set early next week.
In our latest edition of the Heat Index's 'Temp Check' postgame show, we break down the victory over Cleveland, address your questions and concerns about the team moving forward, and set up Miami's longest trip of the season.