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March 28, 2011

Heat's Big 3 Score 94 in Win: The Miami Heat's big three scored 94 of their team's points in a 125-119 victory Sunday over the Houston Rockets. LeBron James had 33 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, Chris Bosh 31 points and 12 rebounds and Dwyane Wade 30 points and 11 rebounds. It was only the second time since 1997 that a team had three players each score 30 or more points in a game.

posted by rcade to basketball at 05:06 PM - 7 comments

I'll be impressed when they manage something like this against a good team. Let's see them beat the Bulls or the Celtics, for example. The Rockets are 9th in the West.

posted by insomnyuk at 06:13 PM on March 28

It took those guys all year to do what Kevin Love does all by himself in three days.

posted by beaverboard at 06:15 PM on March 28

. . . and they pretty much needed every one of those points to win. It would be more impressive if they had scored 94 and won by 30 or something, but 6 points? That's just a regular game spread, so all it means is three ball hogs and everyone else.

posted by graymatters at 07:12 PM on March 28

The Rockets are 9th in the West.

Houston's winning percentage as the 9th team in the West is .521, which would land them 6th in the East. The Western Conference has a W/L of +72, meaning on average the Rockets' opponents are better teams. They're 16-11 against the Eastern Conference (.592).

It wouldn't be a stretch to say that Houston would be the 5th best team in the East, if they were fortunate enough to play there. They're not a great team, but they're definitely a good team.

posted by dflemingecon at 08:32 PM on March 28

That said, any team that's going to give 73% of their shots to 3 players isn't going to survive a playoff run; a focused defence on one or two of those guys and they can't put enough points on the board.

Boston's always had a compliment to their big 3; perimeter shooters, guys who can play off the dribble, a second unit that is strong enough to compete and defensive stoppers at other positions (well, that, and Rondo, who makes it a big 4). Miami's second unit is a depressing group of misfits who were thrown together without regard for playing style, and it shows.

posted by dflemingecon at 08:46 PM on March 28

. . . and they pretty much needed every one of those points to win. It would be more impressive if they had scored 94 and won by 30 or something, but 6 points? That's just a regular game spread, so all it means is three ball hogs and everyone else.

I know, right? Think of it this way: Wilt scored a hundred all by himself! The only reason this sort of thing doesn't happen every night is that other teams aren't BALL HOGS and spread the scoring around.

posted by tron7 at 10:52 AM on March 29

Miami lays an egg in Cleveland, proving once again that you can't rely on three scorers, even against the worst teams in the league.

By the way, dfleming and dflemingecon are the same person, I was just locked out of this account for months, couldn't get an email to confirm my email address and signed up for a new account. Sorry to confuse.

posted by dfleming at 09:43 PM on March 29

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