Sometimes getting booed brings out the best of you. Chris Bosh had LeBron James to learn from, and the two teamed up with Dwyane Wade for a Fantasy Big Three night in Toronto, leading the Miami Heat to their 10th consecutive win against the Raptors.
Since Chris Bosh left the Raptors for the Heat in the summer of 2010, the Heat are 9-0 against the Raptors. 5-0 at home and 4-0 on the road. Note that Bosh didn’t play in one of those Heat games at the Raptors, so he is 3-0 on the road against the Raptors. Bosh isn’t exactly the hated person LeBron James is in Cleveland, but he has a tendency to bring his best against the Raptors. Bosh is averaging 27.7 points per game on 56.6% from the field during his visits to Toronto.
Bosh finished with 28 points and 5 rebounds, looking aggressive like never before, or at least more than before, scoring 28 points or more for just the fourth time this season.
I was hearing a lot from the fans. I thank them for continuing to stay on me and call me names and stuff because that helped my focus a lot. I was like ‘I need to get in this to shut them up.
LeBron James, as always and as expected, was the main man, despite all the focus on Bosh. James finished with 30 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists, scoring at least 23 points in nine consecutive games. He’s averaging 26.6 points per game this season, also helping the Heat reach 30-14 this season (12-11 on the road), making it so Erik Spoelstra can go to Houston and coach the East in the All-Star game.
It’s a testament to our coaches’ preparedness. As players we go out there and just try to execute their game plan. We’re happy for them.
The Heat didn’t look too worried about losing to both the Celtics and the Pacers on their road trip. Seasoned teams and especially champions have complete faith in their ability to “turn it up” when an important game arrives, and especially the postseason. The Heat had their problems last season as well, and in the one before. They’ve never reached the playoffs with the big three as the number one seed, although it might change this year, according to the standings at the moment.
Dwyane Wade chipped in with 23 points, making it 81 for the big three. It’s very hard to beat Miami when all three of them have a night like this, combining for 32-53 from the field (60.3%). Miami are also almost impossible to beat when they reach 100 points, winning 100-85: They’ve won 24 out of their 26 games this season when scoring in triple digits.
After a four game road trip, they now head back home for games against the Bobcats, Rockets, Clippers, Lakers and Blazers, where they have an 18-3 record. It’s going to be a case of managing energy between efforts, but coming out of this stretch with five more wins might give them quite a boost for the final stretch of the season, in the chase for the top spot in the East, fending away the competition for the Bulls and the Knicks.