Dwyane Wade Sets New Career-High in Steals, Heat Demolish Mavericks
Miami Heat went on another scoring rampage tonight and the new victim were the Dallas Mavericks, who tried their best to keep up with the Heat’s scoring output, but it turned out that it was unsuccessful.
LeBron James scored 13 points in the first quarter, Chris Bosh added 8 and Dwyane Wade was all about the number 2 : 2 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals. Although the Heat’s defense was awful in the first quarter, they were down by only 1 at the end of it, as they allowed Dirk Nowitzki to score 10 points on 3-for-3 shooting from beyond-the-arc.
The defending champions turned it up in the second quarter and went on a run, pulling away from the Mavericks and going up by 12 at one point. Dwyane Wade was exceptional – he ended the quarter having 13 points on 5-for-6 shooting and he also added 5 assists, 4 rebounds and 3 steals. James added 18 points on his own, on highly-efficient 7-for-10 shooting. When the half-time buzzer sounded, the South Florida team was up by 9 and has converted 59% of the shots by that point.
First-Half Highlight – LeBron-to-Wade Alley-Oop Connection:
Dallas Mavericks started out strong in the third quarter and took the lead at one point, going up by 2. The home team looked bad on the offensive and awful on the defensive end of the floor. They finally regained the lead with LeBron James’ run of 7 points. At the end of this exciting quarter, the Heat were up by 8 and LeBron had 29 points on incredible 12-for-15 shooting.
The fourth quarter started with basket trading and the Heat were not able to pull away. The Mavericks pulled off a few defensive stops and Vince Carter scored a couple of points which brought his team within 3 points. With 5 minutes left in the game, the Heat playmaker Mario Chalmers fouled Dirk Nowitzki and got ejected from the game due to the excessive contact he received a Flagrant 2 technical foul for. Nowitzki made free throws and made a shot after them, brining the Mavericks within only 1 point. Fortunately for the Heat, LeBron James took over once again and the Heat won the game with the score 110 to 104.
RECORD: The guard Dwyane Wade set his career-high in steals with 8.
Dwyane Wade – 17 points (7-for-14), 5 rebounds, 8 assists, 8 steals
LeBron James – 39 points (14-for-18), 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal
Dirk Nowitzki – 28 points (8-for-12), 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, 1 block
Monta Ellis – 20 points (7-for-16), 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal
Vince Carter – 21 points (7-for-12), 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 block