The Miami Heat scored 113 points on 89 possessions in their route over the San Antonio Spurs Sunday. The Spurs, with Tiago Splitter, Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard sidelined, faced a 20-point deficit entering the fourth quarter.
Miami improved to 32-12 — two games ahead of last years pace — and are 2.5 games behind the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference.
Since losing three consecutive games to the Knicks, Nets and Wizards, the Heat are 5-1 in their last six games. They've outscored their opponents by 10.1 points per 100 possessions in this span, the third-highest margin in the league.
Basically, they are really good again. Indiana's Roy Hibbert admitted the Pacers are checking their rear-view mirror often.
Via USA Today:
"To tell you the truth, we talk amongst ourselves, and we feel like (the Heat) can really go on a 20-game winning streak at any point in time, so it's just a matter of time (before) they do that," Hibbert said. "So we try to stay as many games ahead as possible."
Perhaps the most pressing problem: Dwyane Wade has missed 12 of 44 games this season. Wade, 32, looks noticeably slower this season, and Miami's offense is scoring more points per possession when he sits this season. Even though he looks gimpy most of the time, the Heat's offense still could use Wade — namely as a secondary option, when the defense helps on LeBron James. Wade, for all of his flaws, is still a deadly scorer in the paint.
Wade doesn't have to be pre-LeBron Wade though. Bosh has made 47.4 percent of his mid-range shots this year — the seventh-highest field goal percentage in the league, among players with 100+ attempts. Bosh's true shooting percentage is a career-high. (Not to mention that he also provides timely help defense for a Miami team, predisposed to smaller lineups.)
Miami has crept up to fourth in point differential (per 100 possessions) in the last three weeks. The Spurs, meanwhile, have been bitten by injuries this month.
But not all is lost, Spurs fans.
Just look at Miami.