Sunday, December 5, 2010
Heat finding most effective means to win
By ESPN Stats & Info
The Miami Heat seem to be figuring things out from a statistical perspective.
In Saturday's 89-77 win over the Hawks, the Heat never had a lineup on the floor in which Dwyane Wade and LeBron James were both in the game and Chris Bosh was on the bench. Smart move.
Coming into the game, lineups featuring Wade, James, and no Bosh, had been outscored, 180-135 in 75 minutes and 31 seconds of action.
Now, Wade and Bosh seem to be in sync during this four-game win streak, combining for 53 points and 20 rebounds Saturday. During the streak, Miami is +32.1 per 48 minutes with both on the floor, +1.7 when one or both are on the bench.
The Heat also continued their strong transition offense, scoring a season-high 23 fast-break points. In transition points (fast-break points plus points from free throws off fast-break fouls) James (137) and Wade (110) rank first and second in the NBA.
Elsewhere in the NBA, with a little help from Basketball-Reference.com:
• Derrick Rose had 30 points, 10 assists and five steals for the Chicago Bulls. In the last 25 seasons, the only other Bulls with that stat combo are Michael Jordan (four times) and Scottie Pippen (twice).
• The Minnesota Timberwolves hit a franchise record 18 3-point field goals, shooting them at a 69.2 percent clip. It's the best 3-point field goal percentage by a team that made at least 18 threes since the 1996-97 Hawks went 19-for-27 (70.4 percent) on December 17, 1996 (thanks to a 7-for-7 combo effort from Willie Burton and Eldridge Recasner). Kevin Love had 20 points, 15 rebounds, and was 5-for-5 from 3-point range, the sixth player in the last 25 years to score 20, grab 15 rebounds, and shoot at least three 3-pointers without missing. Last to do it? Michael Beasley for the Heat against the New York Knicks in 2009.
• Jodie Meeks, who had an 18-point quarter against the Heat earlier this season, scored 20 points in the first quarter for the Philadelphia 76ers. He hit his first six 3-pointers and finished one point shy of Julius Erving's franchise record for points in the first quarter (March 28, 1979 vs Bulls).