That team is the Denver Nuggets.
It doesn’t matter where the game is held, the Nuggets often find ways to frustrate the Heat and make them leave the court with a loss. It has reached the point that many Heat fans have automatically marked the dates when the to teams meet as a loss. Tonight was starting to look no different.
Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra went with the game plan of surrounding LeBron James with shooters early on. Miami in turn paid for it on the paint where Denver seemed to score at will throughout the game. The Heat seemed to have no match for the intense play of the Nuggets’s Kenneth Faried or the crafty manner that both Ty Lawson and Andre Miller were able to reach the rim. It was all lining up to be another frustrating night for Miami at Denver’s hand.
Yet, the game remained close from start to finish. Neither team could take a lead to double digits nor hold on to a lead for long. In total there were 23 lead changes in the game, including five in a 90 second span late in the fourth quarter.
That was all Miami needed to keep pace.
James ended the game with a near triple double in which every stat was crucial. Dwyane Wade shook off a bad performance against the New York Knicks last night with a great defensive effort that included four blocks, two of them coming against the Nuggets center tandem of Kosta Koufos and JaVale McGee. The best night for Miami went to Chris Bosh as he had his best game in a Heat uniform by using his main advantages, quickness and shooting, against Koufos to negate the size differential between them.
The moment that sealed the win for the Heat came at the hands of Ray Allen. In a scene often seen by opponents he made an open left corner three point shot off a pass from James and was fouled in the process with only seconds to go for the game’s 23rd and final lead change.. That scenario has been a staple for Allen throughout his career as the best three point shooter in NBA history.
Miami is just glad that Allen is now doing that for them instead of against them.