Normally, if Mario Chalmers is your best player you are going to lose. And normally if LeBron James is on your team and he is your 4th leading scorer, you are going to lose. Well, both of these things happened on Sunday night as the Heat took on the Pacers, yet Miami beat down Indiana, 105-91, and extended their NBA season-long winning streak to 18 games.
Many media members around the league were talking about this game as if it were almost a must-win for Miami, just from a mental standpoint. The Pacers had already beaten the Heat twice this season, and they appear to be the one team in the East that might be able to put a scare into the defending champs. The only people that were scared of anything on Sunday night were Pacers’ fans who watched (C)Roy Hibbert go down with a twisted ankle in the 4th quarter. The good news for them is that he seems to be OK. The bad news is that they still got lit up by Chalmers and Chris Bosh to the tune of 50 points combined. Super Mario was just that. He looked like a reincarnation of John Starks from many Miami nightmares. Chalmers shot 7-9 from the field, including 5-6 from 3pt land.
LeBron and Dwyane Wade both logged in 36 minutes, but yet neither was in the top two players in scoring(Wade was only 1 point behind Bosh with 23). Both players played well though and D3 almost equalled his career high in steals in a game(7). He swiped 6 from Indiana on Sunday. It’s interesting to note that his career high came against James and the Cavaliers back in 2009. LeBron put up numbers that looked like his normal halftime stats, 13 pts, 7 asst, and 6 rebs. Probably the most important stat though was FG%. Miami shot 56% as a team, while Indiana was held to under 42%. Whenever your team is on the positive side of that disparity, your going to win that game.
Now Miami has beaten every team in the NBA this season. That’s the first time in franchise history that they’ve ever done that in a single season. The current 18-game winning streak is also a franchise best. Yes, this season continues to exceed expectations, even though that in itself seems almost impossible. Of course, the downside is that anything less than another NBA Title will be viewed as a failure. Then again, they have been dealing with that reality for three years. The biggest difference now though, is that this team looks like their having fun as they roll through the season. That is not good news for anybody outside of South Florida.
About the Author
Written by Sean Eckhardt
Univ of Alabama alumni. Born and raised outside Chicago, IL. Currently live in Florida. Some of my favorite teams include the Chicago Cubs, Minnesota Vikings, Miami Heat, and the Florida Panthers. My interests outside of sports include music, outdoor activities, and anything with a motor(cars, bikes, boats, etc...).