When the alliance of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh was first formed many people deemed the Miami Heat as a “super team,” and since then the team has won back-to-back championships while morphing into a dynasty.
After suffering from a broken nose, LeBron James has begun to wear a mask that has made him bigger than a comic hero (or villian depending on how you view the Heat) and while it is for protection it has gotten as much or more attention than his MVP-caliber performances. As the season winds down, the Masked Avenger is starting to feel the pressure as he tries to chase down Kevin Durant in the MVP discussion that will likely go down to the wire.
Once again, the superheroes of South Beach prevailed as the Heat defeated the Orlando Magic 112-98 in Miami. Although it was a total team effort, the triumphant trio led the charge in what proved to be a routine win for the defending champs. James just fell short of a triple-double as he recorded 20 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. Wade led all scorers in the game with 24 points on 10-for-14 shooting. The Phantom Photobomber, Bosh, even got in on the action scoring by 17 points and grabbing three rebounds.
The team that was once hated by most has become beloved by many as the Heat continue to rise to new heights. At one point, it was rumored that the superheroes of South Beach were going to be split up and have to go there separate ways, but two championships later the team is considered among the greatest teams of all time.
The Heat will try this year for that illustrious three-peat. Can the Heat use the element of disguise long enough before they have to spring into action and save the day?
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