Saturday night was a little reminder that when Dwyane Wade and LeBron James get in a groove, chances are it's curtains for the other team. Sure, the Hornets were undermanned without Anthony Davis and Eric Gordon, but the LeBron-and-Wade connection hasn't looked better this season. LeBron seemed to pull his groin early, but it didn't slow his highlight-reel parade.
Wade jumped out to a great start, attacking the rim and setting the tone for the Heat. There was a scare after some confusion on defense that led to Wade stepping on Chris Bosh's foot and apparently aggravating Wade's injured left foot. But he shrugged it off and got back to being an efficiency monster. He's back.
Three missed dunks in two possessions has to be some sort of record. That underlines how Bosh has come up short recently. After some reluctance to go against centers in past seasons, Bosh is struggling to keep up with even the average ones this season. Robin Lopez simply outworked Bosh under the rim and beyond. He's had better days.
The defensive savant is back. By moving Udonis Haslem into the starting lineup, Anthony is now the first big man off the bench. The switch has paid off in a big way. Anthony didn't play starter minutes, but he was everywhere defensively in the first half and was just as impactful as Wade and LeBron in the Heat's 23-4 run.
Just too much LeBron and Wade. Ryan Anderson, as usual, carried the Hornets early, but foul trouble forced him to the bench for most of the first half and the Heat took over. Credit coach Monty Williams for getting these youngsters to compete with the Heat playing at a high level. Their time will come, but it probably will be in the Pelicans era.