LeBron James scored 21 points and registered 14 rebounds and 8 assists in an impressive all-around performance to lead the Miami Heat to a blowout victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves, 103-82. The Heat were on fire from the field in this one, going 43-78 (55.1%). This is the eighth win for Miami (15-5) in its last 10 games.
James shot 9-12 from the field, in a quality offensive outing. Dwyane Wade also chipped in for Miami, finishing with 19 points and 5 rebounds. Despite the loss, Kevin Martin put up 19 points for Minnesota on 5-16 shooting (1-7 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 8-10 from the free throw line. Corey Brewer chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds.
The clash of top-tier defenses was won by Miami. They rank fifth in the NBA in defensive efficiency this season (.00), and held Minnesota to just .81 points per possession. The Timberwolves posted an eFG% of just 32.3%, including 22.7% from 3-point range. This year, they are winless (0-5) when they record marks below 45% and 30% in those respective categories. On the other hand, the Heat are undefeated (4-0) when holding their opponents to such low percentages.
Minnesota (9-11) has now lost back-to-back games after falling to Oklahoma City on Sunday.
Next up on Sunday, the Heat play the Pistons (10-10). The Heat are 0-1 versus Detroit this season.