What a finish for LeBron. He single-handedly brought the Heat back from a double-digit deficit, scoring 17 straight points down the stretch to win the game. It's not every day you hear an MVP chant for a visiting player, but that happened while LeBron took free throws on more than one occasion. LeBron may have won the MVP on Monday.
In his first career NBA start, Harris endured an up-and-down outing that was, well, mostly down. He had big shoes to fill, replacing Wade in the starting five. Harris showed his promise by nailing a 3-pointer. He also showing he's still very raw when he followed that up with an airball and a 24-second violation. Don't expect him to crack the playoff rotation.
Bosh usually has a big night when Wade's sidelined and Monday was no exception. Bosh may have been able to keep rugged rebounder Kris Humphries off the glass, but it didn't matter much considering Bosh also laid down on defense. Bosh had a huge night of his own, but he made Humphries look like Tim Duncan in his prime out there.
Sure, the Heat were short-handed on Monday, but Wade, Shane Battier and Ronny Turiaf don't mean that much to the Heat's defensive attack. Without a pure point guard on the floor for most of the game, the hapless Nets got everything they pleased. The Heat played their fourth game in five days and it showed with every blown rotation.
With an active roster that might've been more appropriate for a D-League game than an NBA one, the Nets came out on fire against the Heat, led by a scoring assault from Humphries. With owner Jay-Z courtside, the Nets played like they had something to prove. Miami made its share of mindless turnovers, but the Nets took full advantage.