LeBron hit a huge jumper to put the Heat up seven with under two minutes left but got knocked around before and after. He took a hard foul in the first quarter in a mid-air collision with Markieff Morris and landed on his right elbow. Then he collided with Grant Hill in the game's closing seconds and stayed down on the floor for some time.
Wade had his most impressive and-1 of the season on a soaring fourth-quarter finger-roll to put the Heat up 95-90 with 2:31 left. He needed it, too. Want proof that Grant Hill is one of the league's most suffocating defenders? Wade, one of the most prolific shooters on the globe, didn't shoot until 9:23 remaining in the second quarter. It took some time for Wade to get in his groove, but he dropped 11 points in the fourth.
The surge continues. Bosh came out strong again for the second game in a row, scoring 13 points in the first frame. The Heat are clearly making a deliberate effort to get him early touches and it has worked well so far. Fourth-quarter miscues aside, it was another essential big scoring night from the power forward.
Down by 10 points with 7:13 remaining, the Heat looked toast. But then LeBron checked in the game and, just like that, the Heat went on a 17-0 run. This was one of those classic Heat skirmishes that make the audience dizzy just watching. A nutty finish against a gritty team.
Coming into the game as winners of four straight, the Suns kept the fire ablaze until the final minutes. Their starters have carried the Suns this season, but not on Tuesday; the reserves were the ones that led the way. The ageless Suns finally wore down, but not without a fight and a balanced attack.