Chris Bosh scored 37 points and registered 10 rebounds to lead the Miami Heat to a close victory over the Portland Trail Blazers, 108-107. The Heat were on fire in this one, going 45-87 (51.7%) from the field, including 8-14 (57.1%) from three-point range. Miami (23-7) has now won eight of their last 10 games.
Bosh shot 15-26 from the field (3-3 on 3-point attempts) in a quality performance offensively. Other top performers for Miami were Dwyane Wade with 16 points and 7 assists, and Michael Beasley with 12 points and 6 rebounds. Despite the loss, Wesley Matthews put up 23 points for Portland on 9-14 shooting, including 5-8 from behind the arc. Robin Lopez chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds, Damian Lillard finished with 16 points and 7 assists, and Nicolas Batum put up 11 points and 9 assists.
In a matchup of first-rate offenses, the unit of Miami (ranked second in the NBA in offensive efficiency) came out on top, scoring 1.11 points per possession. The Heat combined an eFG% of 56.3% with 57.1% 3-point shooting. They are 9-1 this year when registering marks above 55% and 40% in those respective statistics. The Trail Blazers, on the other hand, are winless (0-3) when allowing opponents to hit those marks.
Coming up next, the Heat battle the Denver Nuggets, who are 14-15 on the year. The Trail Blazers match up against the New Orleans Pelicans, currently 13-15 this season. The Trail Blazers are 1-0 versus New Orleans this season.