Apparently the Miami Heat aren't the second coming of the Cleveland Cavaliers during the LeBron James era after all, having eased to a 93-79 victory against Chicago.
James was listed as "probably" due to a broken nose but it was Greg Oden who started in his place in first NBA game since December of 2009. The big fella finished the game with five points and five rebounds in just under 13 minutes of play, but it was the other members of the 'Big Three' who carried the team.
Dwyane Wade was flirted with a triple double in James' absence, racking up 23 points, 10 boards and seven dimes. However Chris Bosh was the star of the show, leading the way with 28 points as he enjoyed the freedom to jack it up from outside, nailing four of his nine attempts from beyond the arc, in addition to grabbing 10 rebounds.
Erik Spoelstra 300th career win, which is the sixth fastest in NBA history. He is also second among active coaches in the most wins with his current team - first is San Antonio's Gregg Popovich with 945.
That makes it five straight wins for the Miami Heat now to put them just a game and a half behind the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference standings.
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