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Posted By Sean Eckhardt On Jan 31 2013 @ 6:28 am In Miami Heat | 1 Comment

Miami Heat 105, Brooklyn Nets 85.  That was the score in Wednesday night’s game played in Brooklyn, and it wasn’t even really that close.  These Nets looked less like a contender from New York, and more like the hapless team that has played in New Jersey the last several years.  The Heat came out hot, stumbled in the 2nd quarter, and then just dropped the hammer in the 3rd quarter, outscoring the Nets 36-14.  Miami had good solid play from just about everybody on their roster.  In fact, eleven players in total pitched in points for Miami as they got the second half of the NBA season underway.

During the first half of the season, Miami has looked very good even if they haven’t looked dominant as they try to defend their NBA Championship.  LeBron James has played outstanding for the most part, although he is still subject to questionable decision making when he has the ball in his hands at the end of quarters, or games.  He will still dribble around and settle for a fadeaway 85 foot jumper.  Dwyane Wade has struggled to be consistent.  Sometimes he looks like the DWade of a couple of years ago, while other times he looks borderline bad.  Chris Bosh has also been a question mark through 41 games, yet the Heat find themselves in 1st place in the Eastern Conference.

One thing that has continually evolved over the course of the past three years has been the “Big 3′s” supporting cast.  Pat Riley has gone out and added some key pieces like Shane Battier and Ray Allen, not to mention picking up Norris Cole in the draft last year.  Miami is now actually a deep team, even if they are undersized.

After Wednesday night’s victory, Miami is at 29-13.  Best in the East, and close to the best in the NBA.  The scary thing for the rest of the league is that the Heat still have plenty of room to improve.  Of course, the next stop on the schedule is Indiana and the Pacers have already beaten Miami earlier this season.  This is a big game for the Heaters, because Indy is probably the biggest threat to them in the Eastern Conference, despite what Knick fans are hoping.  Friday night, Bron, Wade, and Co better be ready.

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