Dunks on dunks on dunks. LeBron had a highlight-reel night against his former team. To get a rough thumbnail of LeBron's mentality, look at his quarter-ending shot chart. If he shoots a step-back jumper, he's generally passive; if he drives for a layup, he has shifted into top gear. He attacked on Tuesday night. In a rare fashion, the Heat pulled away in the fourth with LeBron resting.
Clearly, Wade had "45" on his mind. Wade pounded the paint and made a living at the line. If he's abandoning his 3-point game (he airballed one in the third), he has to make sure he frequents the free-throw line -- which he did Tuesday. His dominance early in the fourth quarter gave the Heat just enough cushion to close it out.
A step in the right direction for Bosh, especially when he posterized Samardo Samuels in the fourth quarter. He has been struggling to fill the scoring column recently, but Bosh has slowly rediscovered his spots in the offense with Wade around. He has been a steady fourth-quarter metronome for the Heat this season, and they need that to continue.
We rarely get to spotlight Haslem's efforts here in the Reaction, but he definitely deserved the sunshine Tuesday. Haslem owned the boards as he usually does, but he gave the Heat much-needed scoring off the bench while the rest of the reserves were ice cold from the floor. His gritty defense never gets the headlines, but he definitely earned them Tuesday.
Tough to play without a shooting guard. Just like last time around, the Cavaliers did a phenomenal job of getting easy looks at the rim by making the extra pass. But the Heat eventually sharpened their defense and the Cavs couldn't respond. Antawn Jamison dialed back the clock 10 years, but cooled off after halftime.