LeBron James put up 26 points and registered 10 assists and 6 rebounds in a complete effort to lead the Miami Heat to a close victory over the Denver Nuggets, 97-94. The Heat had no trouble knocking down shots in this one, going 34-67 (50.7%) from the field, including 11-23 (47.8%) from three-point range. Miami (24-7) has now won eight of their last 10 games.
James shot 8-15 (5-9 from three-point range) and 5-8 from the free throw line, in a solid performance. Other top contributors for Miami included Chris Bosh with 17 points and 5 rebounds, Ray Allen with 13 points and 7 rebounds, and Mario Chalmers with 10 points and 9 assists. Ty Lawson had another quality performance for Denver in the loss, scoring 26 points on 8-15 shooting (5-8 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 5-6 from the free throw line. He also added 7 assists. Wilson Chandler contributed 13 points and 6 rebounds, J.J. Hickson finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds, and Randy Foye put up 11 points and 7 assists.
The Heat combined an eFG% of 59.0% with 47.8% 3-point shooting. They are 10-1 this year when registering marks above 55% and 40% in those respective statistics. The Nuggets, on the other hand, are winless (0-3) when allowing opponents to hit those marks.
Denver (14-16) has now dropped their last seven in a row.
Coming up, the Heat square off against the Golden State Warriors, who are 19-13 on the season. The Nuggets match up against the Philadelphia 76ers, currently sitting at 9-21 this year. The Nuggets have a 1-0 record against Philadelphia this season.