By: Kristian Winfield December 11th, 2010
The Miami Heat are finally playing up to everyone’s expectations. They have caught fire over the past two weeks, marking their seventh straight victory in a landslide win over the Warriors, Friday night. This 22-point beating was led by Dwyane Wade, who scored a game-high 34 points, along with nine rebounds and seven assists. King James also left his mark on the Warriors, putting up 25 points, nine assists, and seven rebounds. This 106-84 victory was by far Miami’s best game this season, as they exhibited the one thing that had been lacking all season: team chemistry.
“Me and D-Wade have figured it out,” James said. “We just started going back to our games, what made us who we are in this league. It’s resulted in us playing good basketball, offensively and defensively.”
On the other side of the ball, Monta Ellis had a team high 20 points and seven assists. He was followed by ex-Heat member Dorell Wright who had 12 points, on 4-9 shooting from beyond the arc, 10 rebounds, four assists, and two steals. This massacre marks Golden State’s sixth straight loss.
“I’m not worried, because I think they are playing hard,” said the rookie Warriors’ coach, Keith Smart. “I would be worried if this team didn’t want to work anymore, if they didn’t look like they were competing on the floor, then you would have some flags.”
Stephen Curry did sit out this game, due to a re-aggravated sprained right ankle that he twisted in the Warriors’ loss to San Antonio. He will be out until the swelling in his ankle goes down, which could sideline him for a few more games.
Chris Bosh also contributed 16 points and seven rebounds. His level of play has been steadily increasing as the season progresses, averaging about 18 points and nine rebounds in his last five games.
When asked about the seven-game streak, Wade replied:
“It’s good but it doesn’t mean anything. It’s still early in the season,” he said. “Right now what’s good is that we’ve won seven straight playing good basketball. We have a tough game tomorrow, probably the toughest game on this road trip because it’s the last one and it’s on a back-to-back. We can’t have any letdowns.”
*Key Notes: Miami shot 53% from the field. Golden State shot 37%. Both Reggie Williams and David Lee scored 13 points for Golden State.