No 24-point first quarter this time around, but he didn't need it. LeBron put on a clinic in Milwaukee, especially with his back to the basket in the post. He poured in 16 points in the third frame and finished the quarter with a thunderous flourish. It might not have been a spotless performance, but it sure was close.
He and LeBron are on fire. Remember, Wade played only 26 minutes in this one. He tweaked his foot in the first quarter, but it didn't slow Wade down much. He still attacked with ferocity and absolutely pounded the post alongside LeBron. He did miss his first free throw in over a week, but set a new personal high with 27 consecutive made free throws.
Bosh could only look on as Wade and LeBron tried their hands at power forward in the first half. Bosh made an adjustment by trying on the distributor hat, but that can last only so long. It's amazing that the Heat can blow out opponents with Bosh being an afterthought, but in a way, that's why he came to Miami.
A big part of the Heat's recipe for success is getting easy buckets in transition off of steals. Miami didn't get its first fast-break point until late in the second quarter. That all changed in the second half as the Heat mercilessly attacked in the open court, generating skirmishes on command. The space part? They shot 60 percent from downtown.
If the SuperFriends have a kryptonite, they won't find it in Milwaukee. After they pulled off two upsets against the Heat earlier this season, the other shoe finally dropped for the Bucks. Brandon Jennings and Drew Gooden were a combined 6-for-24 from the floor. That just won't cut it.