The Nets have nobody on their roster capable of guarding James straight-up, and it didn't take LeBron long to realize it. LeBron made full use of his size and athleticism early, and scored 15 first-quarter points on post-ups, drives to the rim and transition opportunities. James wasn't as dominant over the next three quarters, although he did facilitate well and flirt with a triple-double.
Wade missed most of the first half with a right thigh bruise. He came back in the second half, and while he didn't look hampered by the injury, he didn't look to dominate, either. Fortunately for the Heat, they didn't really need Wade to take over, and he did a good job with the possessions he did use.
Bosh had a quiet, efficient night. He didn't put up big numbers, but he stabilized the Heat offense, kept the floor stretched with midrange jumpers and went to the rim when the opportunity presented itself. There's a difference between being low-usage and being passive, and Bosh was on the right side of that line on Sunday against the Nets.
In Cleveland, the Heat were never able to dig themselves out of the hole they put themselves in with lackluster early play. In Minnesota, they didn't make their run until the third quarter. On Sunday, the Heat came out of the gates on a mission, and set the tone early with a 21-6 run to begin the game.
The Nets were able to stay competitive after surviving the Heat's initial salvo. However, they didn't shoot well, didn't rebound, and showed very little cohesion on either end of the floor. There were plenty of opportunities for the Nets to get back in the game on Sunday, but they consistently failed to capitalize on them.