The Heat have won three straight games since the All-Star break and have been playing their best basketball of the season. Their first game back after All-Star weekend the Heat defeated the Dallas Mavericks. Later that week in a rematch with the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Heat showed the Thunder why they are the two-time defending champions, beating the Thunder by 22 points.
Then on Sunday afternoon without LeBron James, the Heat beat the defensive-minded Chicago Bulls by double figures. A big part of the great week the Heat had was mostly due to the play of James, Chris Bosh, and Dwyane Wade.
James has been playing like a straight baller since coming off the break. Against the Mavericks he exploded in the fourth quarter to lead the Heat to a victory. James finished with 42 points, 9 rebounds, and 6 assists.
Chris Bosh, who also played well during the Heat’s stretch of games last week, had 22 points to go along with 5 rebounds.
In the well anticipated rematch against the Thunder, LeBron showed why he’s still the best player in the league and Kevin Durant is still the second best player. From the start of the game LeBron was locked in, scoring the Heat’s first twelve points. However, James had help from the other two members of the Big Three as well: the three combined to score 81 of the team’s 103 points in the victory.
Playing without James against the Bulls due to a broken nose he suffered against the Thunder, Wade and Bosh had to take control of the team. Wade had one of those performances where he looked like the Wade of old, scoring 23 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Bosh also had a double-double with a team high 28 points and 10 rebounds to help the Heat get by the Bulls.
If the Heat continue to play like they did this past week, there won’t be a team that can stop the Heat from winning their third consecutive NBA championship.
Now the Heat are only one and a half games back of the Indiana Pacers and with the Pacers’ recent struggles over the past couple of weeks, don’t be surprised when the Heat take over the number one seed in the Eastern Conference. With 28 games left for the Heat, they will start to take on the playoff mindset as if every game may be their last. James is going to continue to play like the Most Valuable Player (MVP) in the league and as long as Wade is able to stay healthy and play well, the Heat will be the favorites to win it all once the playoffs start. Last week foreshadowed what’s to come from the Heat for the rest of the regular season.