If he were playing for almost any other team in the NBA, LeBron James finishing with just 15 points on 5-13 shooting to go along with eight assists, eight rebounds and three rebounds, it might cost his team the game. That’s the line he finished with on Saturday night, but the Miami Heat still rolled to a 110-94 victory over the Orlando Magic.
James played well in terms of facilitating, his defense, and being the ever-present leader on the floor, but he also spear-headed a more balanced offensive attack from the Heat against the Magic. Miami had five players score 13 or more points and seven players scored eight or more on the night.
What might have been the most impressive thing about Miami’s attack was their ability to recognize and attack the biggest weakness of the Magic. Orlando was playing without their star center in Nikola Vucevic. Though Vucevic isn’t necessarily known for his defense, his absence allowed for the Heat to attack the post, namely with Chris Bosh.
Bosh tied a team-high with 20 points while also grabbing six boards. Most impressive from Bosh’s line, though, was the fact that he hit all nine of his attempts from the field, largely because he could continually get good looks against the Magic’s frontcourt with Vucevic out of the lineup.
Though this is pretty much old news at this point, it never gets old watching how smart this Heat team is from Erik Spoelstra down through their roster. They have an incredible ability to pinpoint weaknesses and attack it as a unit with balance and efficiency. People might be growing tired of the Heat at this point, but they are still the favorites in my book until someone proves that they can counter Miami’s skill and intelligence.