In a potential first round playoff matchup preview against the Milwaukee Bucks, the Miami Heat not only won the season series against their opponents, but also tied the franchise record for most wins in a regular season.
Brandon Jennings came out to play against the Heat, torching the NBA champions for 30 points on the evening. However, LeBron James stole the show yet again, recording 28 points, seven assists and seven rebounds. With Dwyane Wade out of the lineup, James even had to lob the ball up to himself. In a fast break play, Monta Ellis did a good job covering Mike Miller, which forced LeBron to readjust mid-air and throw the ball to himself off the backboard for a nice dunk.
After the game, James had the following to say of yet another accomplishment by this team:
“Anytime throughout the process you are able to have a milestone on the way, it means a lot to us as a team, to us as a franchise. We don’t set out to have milestones. We only set out to get better each and every day, and try to win a championship. But you don’t take those moments for granted. We are very happy, we are privileged to tie the record.”
Udonis Haslem also had a great game, recording 10 points and 15 rebounds. Not only did Miami take a step closer to making franchise history, but they also sent a very clear message to their potential playoff opponents – the Bucks cannot compete with the Heat.
Tonight the Heat will have a chance to break the franchise record, but it could prove to be difficult. Washington Wizards have been extremely strong at home lately, and the Big Three could all be resting.
Vytis is a Miami Heat and NBA columnist for RantSports. You can follow him on Twitter: @VytisLasaitis