Erik Spoelstra surrounded LeBron with shooters early rather than trying to play big against Denver. It led to the Heat getting massacred in the paint, but it also let James put on his facilitating hat so he could effortlessly feed shooters at every opportunity. James took over in the fourth quarter with Kenneth Faried guarding him. What a pass to Ray Allen for the clincher.
Wade Eurostepped his way around the court in this one. After taking only 10 shots in New York on Friday, Wade didn't even attempt a field goal until the second quarter. But he came alive in the second half. It's not fair that a guy who stands 6-foot-4 on his tippy-toes can block 7-footers, but Kosta Koufas and JaVale McGee both fell victim to Wade's swatting.
He has never scored more in a Heat uniform. Thought Denver's size would faze Chris Bosh? Think again. Bosh came out with renewed aggression after being an afterthought in New York a night earlier and crushed the Nuggets frontline. Bosh busted out his full repertoire Saturday, dunking off the pick-and-roll, blowing by 7-footers off the dribble and splashing 20-foot raindrops.
Everyone knows it's coming, but no one can keep Ray Allen from draining the left corner 3. He caught LeBron's kickout with seven seconds to go and drained the shot despite getting fouled by Corey Brewer. Yes, a game-winning four-point play. Allen bounced back from a dud in New York and absolutely lit it up. Allen has scored 42 points on just 20 shots in two home games.
The Heat couldn't cage the Kenneth "Manimal" Faried -- or any of the Nuggets for that matter -- but Denver still couldn't pull off the win. Faried was his beastly self Saturday, hauling in seemingly every rebound and exuding more energy than the sun. For a struggling Nuggets offense, playing the Heat in Miami seemed to do just the trick. A crushing loss.