Yes! Basketball is finally back! After a tough long summer, the Miami Heat are looking to return to their winning ways in this new post-LeBron era. The franchise has put a noticeable emphasis on moving on and being successful out of the gate, and last night marked a successful first step by beating out the new and improved Washington Wizards 107-95.
The Wizards came into the Heat’s house for the season opener missing two of their starters. One was big man power forward Nene Hilario and the other being soon-to-be All-Star shooting guard Bradley Beal. Still, their offense looked potent. The Wizards added infamous Heat archrival Paul Pierce and became (according to the experts) a top five team in the East. Wall, dropped 16 points while tallying 11 assists as he breezed through the Miami defense. Pierce added 17, with 6 rebounds and 5 assists.
The Heat had a very encouraging performance. The teams ball movement and unselfish play yielded an all around team effort. Norris Cole, started on opening day for the first time in his career and he made the best out of it by adding 23 points 3 rebounds and 3 assists. and then our boy Wade! He started off very slow tallying only 9 points through three quarters. However, in the 4th quarter it was a completely different story. After briefly checking into the locker room after a play where his calf was hurt, he checked in to explode for 12 fourth quarter points steering the Heat towards a victory.
The star of the night was undoubtedly Chris Bosh, who looked scary good to say the least. Bosh netted 26 points, grabbed 15 boards and added a block shot while carrying the Heat for the whole game. He dominated whomever they put on him, and that J looked impeccable.
And you can’t forget to mention the James Ennis poster dunk over Rasual Butler (pictured above and video here).
Next up, the Heat at the 76ers this Saturday November 1st at 7:00pm.
P.S. In case you missed the incredible Heat Nation short film we posted yesterday, here it is again below…
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