What might have been LeBron's final game in Sacramento was as impressive as his NBA regular-season debut 10 years ago in this same arena. James made it a point before the game to not only get his teammates involved, but to also make sure he kept feeding the hot hand. On Saturday, that was Mario Chalmers. Most importantly, James only had to play 29 minutes.
You might never see another game when Wade has more blocked shots (four) than made shots (three), but with the Heat's supporting cast rolling early, Wade didn't have to force anything offensively. Instead, he focused on his overall floor game, which resulted in remarkable passes, solid defense and a bounce in his legs he has lacked at times.
Bosh was efficient offensively and also got in on the Heat's prolific passing game Saturday. He had five of Miami's season-high 35 assists. Bosh also continued to attack the lane the way he did in Portland, where he had 29 points on 13 of 18 shooting. The rebounding numbers were again low, but so were his minutes against the Kings, so he gets a bit of a pass.
Motivated to redeem himself after missing the potential game-winner at the buzzer in Portland, Chalmers responded by tying Brian Shaw's Heat franchise record for made 3-pointers with 10. Chalmers initially left the game late in the fourth quarter with nine, but asked to come back in for a shot at the mark. Coach Erik Spoelstra obliged. Miami ended up 17 of 37 from 3-point range.
Shame on all those teams that repeatedly passed on Thomas, who was the 60th and final pick of the 2011 NBA Draft. On a night when the rest of his team lacked any punch, Thomas kept fighting his way to a career-high 34 points on 13 of 22 shooting. His most impressive play, however, came on a miss, when the 5-foot-9 point guard attempted to dunk on the Heat's entire frontcourt.