Saturday, January 8, 2011
Heat continue to be road warriors
By ESPN Stats & Info
The Bucks put up a fight Friday against the Heat, but Miami proved to be too much in overtime.
LeBron James led the way with 26 points and 10 rebounds for his fifth game this season with at least 25 points and 10 rebounds. After struggling early in the season with team chemistry, the Heat continued their impressive play with James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh on the floor at the same time, outscoring the Bucks by eight. On the season, Miami is +268 when all three play together.
Another key to the Heat's success Friday was moving the ball around in the half-court offense. On possessions in which they made two or fewer passes, they shot just 16-50 from the field and committed 10 turnovers. When they made three or more passes they shot 14-27 and committed just two turnovers.
Add it all up and the Heat are proving to have no trouble on the road of late. They have won 12 straight road games; the first team to accomplish the feat since the 2007-08 Rockets also won 12 straight on the road.
It comes as no surprise that LeBron James has sparked much of the road success. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, James, who has scored 20 or more points in his last 10 road games, becomes just the second player in NBA history to accomplish the feat. Allen Iverson is the only other, scoring 20 or more in 10 straight for the 76ers in the 2000-01 season.
OTHER NOTES FROM AROUND THE NBA:
• In the loss to the Heat, Andrew Bogut grabbed 27 rebounds which set a career high as well as a record for most by a Heat opponent. The 27 rebounds are the most by a Bucks player since Swen Nater's franchise-record 33 rebounds in 1976 according to Elias.
• Two games after passing Dominique Wilkins for 10th all-time on the NBA career scoring list, Kobe Bryant scored 25 points Friday to pass Oscar Robertson for ninth all-time on the list.
• Raymond Felton had 23 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds in the Knicks 121-96 win over the Suns for his first career triple double. He becomes the first Knicks guard with a triple-double since Mark Jackson in the 2001-02 season.