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Are the Miami Heat for real?

The Miami heat had a record night last night so let’s look at them and figure out are these guys for real? Here ate the details.

MIAMI — With the playoffs looming, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh are finding a new gear.

And they accomplished something Sunday that hadn’t been done in more than 50 years.

Each of them had 30-10 nights – James with 33 points and 10 rebounds, Bosh had 31 points and 12 rebounds, and Wade shook off a bruised tailbone to finish with 30 points and 11 boards – as the Miami Heat beat the Houston Rockets 125-119 for their eighth win in nine games.

It was the first time since February 1961 that three teammates finished with at least 30 points and 10 rebounds in a non-overtime game.

“Unbelievable,” James said.

“That’s why we get paid the big bucks,” Wade said.

The last time a team had three players score 30 in the same game was Feb. 26, 2010, when Houston had Martin, Aaron Brooks and Scola combine for 94 against San Antonio. Before that, you’d have to go back all the way to Nov. 14, 1997, when Portland’s Isaiah Rider, Brian Grant and Arvydas Sabonis all had 30-plus points and 10 or more rebounds in a quadruple-overtime win over Phoenix.

But doing it in regulation, the last time that happened was a half-century ago, when Oscar Robertson, Jack Twyman and Wayne Embry – Hall of Famers all – did it for the Cincinnati Royals in a loss to the Philadelphia Warriors.

“One of the things we talked about when we came together was making history,” Bosh said.

Mike Bibby added 14 points for the Heat, who beat Houston by the same score on Dec. 29.

Kevin Martin scored 29 points, Luis Scola added 28 and Kyle Lowry – who tweaked an ankle late – had 25 points, nine assists and seven rebounds for the Rockets. Chase Budinger scored 16 for Houston, which had a five-game winning streak snapped.

“We started man-to-man and Wade and James just ran by us,” Rockets coach Rick Adelman said. “Then we went to a zone and we knew that was going to be a problem. Even then, we didn’t put a body on people. We were trying to keep them from getting the easy opportunities and we didn’t do it.”

Wade sealed it with 33 seconds left, taking a handoff from James and making a left-handed layup while getting knocked into a row of courtside photographers for a 120-115 lead. The Heat never trailed in the fourth quarter, taking the lead for good when James Jones made three free throws with 9:22 remaining.

The Rockets are 0-3 when trying to win six straight games this season, and haven’t had a run of that many wins since February 2009.

“We gave everything we had,” Martin said. “We just didn’t execute well enough.”

The Heat noticed late in the game that Bosh had 28 points, and after Miami’s star trio combined for 91 points Friday in a win over Philadelphia, they talked about what it would be like for each of them to score 30.

That chance came exactly one game later. And Bosh needed two trips to the foul line, but he got it done – only to learn afterward of the historical ramifications.

“That’s what makes great players special,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “They can be great during the year and still find another gear and another level to go to. I think that’s what you’re seeing with those three guys.”

It wasn’t anywhere near as easy as their stat lines would indicate.

Scola played off James at the top of the key with 3:35 left, the two-time reigning MVP made a stepback jumper, and the Heat lead was 116-106. Lowry tipped in his own missed layup with 51 seconds remaining to get Houston within 118-115, but Wade came through on the next Miami possession, and the Heat survived.

“Too many points,” Scola said. “When you play a team with Bosh, James and Wade, that’s very dangerous.”

Much like the 125-119 Heat win at Houston earlier this season, this was another track meet. Miami’s 38 first-quarter points were its second-highest total of the season – and Houston’s 37 points after 12 minutes were the third-most the Heat had given up this season.

It was 71-68 at the half, Miami’s highest-scoring opening two quarters in more than five years.

Still, it didn’t provide much of a cushion.

The bigger concern was Wade, who bruised his tailbone after appearing to trip over teammate Juwan Howard’s feet while trying to grab an offensive rebound midway through the second. He finished the half, but missed the first 7 1/2 minutes of the third quarter while being tended to in the Miami locker room.

And the Rockets took advantage.

Martin had 11 points in the third quarter, nine coming in an 89-second span. He made a 3-pointer with 5:20 left in the period, slapping his hands in frustration and yelling that he got fouled. So he drew shooting fouls on each of Houston’s next two possessions, including one while shooting a 3 with 4:30 left. He made all three foul shots and the Rockets were up 87-81.

That’s when Wade returned, and Miami got a spark.

The Heat closed the quarter on a 12-4 run over the final 3:17, capped by James blowing past Patrick Patterson for a dunk that knotted the game at 93 entering the fourth.

NOTES: Miami outrebounded Houston 48-33. … The Rockets trailed for 7:12 of the opening quarter, which is 2:09 more than they trailed in their five previous games combined. … Roger Federer sat courtside, and actress Emmanuelle Chriqui got a loud ovation when she was shown on the arena scoreboards. … Martin, the NBA’s leader in free throws made this season with 523 entering Sunday, was 11 for 12. … It was the second straight game in which Wade finished with at least 30 points, 10 rebounds and five assists.

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LeBron feeling the pressure!

LeBron James has taken allot of flack since he decided to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers and move over to the Miami Heat. To be honest with you I don’t blame him. You only get a certain amount of years to make your mark in the NBA and for most people the only way to leave your mark is to win championships. For every legend with multiple championships like Magic, Bird and Jordan you have a championship-less players like Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing and Karl Malone. So LeBron although young (25) is looking at the fact that he has been in the NBA for 7 years and yet to touch a trophy. I think it also stems form the Lakers. The Lakers have won back to back championships the team is relatively young and they are stacked. So he had to do something and frankly the talent in Cleveland was not going to get it done. So when i was thinking about that i came across this pic, it’s a thumbnail but click on it and take a closer look. It’s the 2008 USA Basketball Dream team in Beijing and as youc an see everyone in the picture is looking at the camera except one. Now it might just be me but doesn’t it look like LeBron is staring at Kobe? And not with a “Man I really like Kobe look” more like “Man I need to beat this guy and his team” look. Maybe my mind is playing tricks on me but I don’t fault LeBron one bit.

2008 Beijing Dream Team

Cavs owner Rips LeBron James

So today was a pretty strange day. The biggest player in basketball held a news conference and announced he was riding off into the sunset with two other All-Stars (one arguably a superstar in Dwyane Wade). I personally have never seen anything like it and not sure I will anytime soon but the best theatrics of the night was yet to come.  Dan Gilbert the owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers posted an open letter to Cavs fans castigating his former player who he was furiously courting just hours earlier. Here is the letter verbatim:

Dear Cleveland, All Of Northeast Ohio and Cleveland Cavaliers Supporters Wherever You May Be Tonight;

As you now know, our former hero, who grew up in the very region that he deserted this evening, is no longer a Cleveland Cavalier.

This was announced with a several day, narcissistic, self-promotional build-up culminating with a national TV special of his “decision” unlike anything ever “witnessed” in the history of sports and probably the history of entertainment.

Clearly, this is bitterly disappointing to all of us.

The good news is that the ownership team and the rest of the hard-working, loyal, and driven staff over here at your hometown Cavaliers have not betrayed you nor NEVER will betray you.

There is so much more to tell you about the events of the recent past and our more than exciting future. Over the next several days and weeks, we will be communicating much of that to you.

You simply don’t deserve this kind of cowardly betrayal.

You have given so much and deserve so much more.

In the meantime, I want to make one statement to you tonight:

“I PERSONALLY GUARANTEE THAT THE CLEVELAND CAVALIERS WILL WIN AN NBA CHAMPIONSHIP BEFORE THE SELF-TITLED FORMER ‘KING’ WINS ONE”

You can take it to the bank.

If you thought we were motivated before tonight to bring the hardware to Cleveland, I can tell you that this shameful display of selfishness and betrayal by one of our very own has shifted our “motivation” to previously unknown and previously never experienced levels.

Some people think they should go to heaven but NOT have to die to get there.

Sorry, but that’s simply not how it works.

This shocking act of disloyalty from our home grown “chosen one” sends the exact opposite lesson of what we would want our children to learn. And “who” we would want them to grow-up to become.

But the good news is that this heartless and callous action can only serve as the antidote to the so-called “curse” on Cleveland, Ohio.

The self-declared former “King” will be taking the “curse” with him down south. And until he does “right” by Cleveland and Ohio, James (and the town where he plays) will unfortunately own this dreaded spell and bad karma.

Just watch.

Sleep well, Cleveland.

Tomorrow is a new and much brighter day….

I PROMISE you that our energy, focus, capital, knowledge and experience will be directed at one thing and one thing only:

DELIVERING YOU the championship you have long deserved and is long overdue….

Dan Gilbert
Majority Owner
Cleveland Cavaliers

Now I can understand the anger and pain of losing not only the talent but all the revenue that goes along with a LeBron James leaving your franchise but it’s pretty funny how these owners and managers of pro teams can be so indignant when they feel they have been slighted but they have no qualms about booting, cutting, trading, suspending,  fining or outright renouncing players as they see fit!! Hey Dan grow up!!! There are plenty of other players out there, sign some and get back to work.