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Miami Heat are still contenders for the NBA title despite losing LeBron

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Admit it, you forgot about them. You wrote them off.

But remember that the Miami Heat were a good team for several years when Dwyane Wade was healthy before LeBron James. And they could also be a good team after him.

On Wednesday night, they beat a good Washington Wizards team 107-95 behind the efforts of former teammates Wade and, especially, Chris Bosh. But also they got plenty of contributions from new point guard Norris Cole.

Rookie steals the show

While the others scored the bulk of the points, rookie James Ennis is the one who made the play of the night and got the Heat fans, often criticized for being fair-weather and showing up late like the fans in L.A., on their feet.

Ennis jumped from outside of the lane and threw down a dunk in Rasual Butler's face for a 3-point play that left AmericanAirlines Arena buzzing.

“I want to see it in slow motion,” Ennis told the Miami Herald. “I’m going to be watching for it on SportsCenter.”

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So how did they win?

Bosh scored 26 points with 16 rebounds. Wade added 21. Cole had a career-high 23 while Luol Deng added 12.

This isn't LeBron's Heat, but it is still a good Heat team.

“It was a good team win after a hard week of work,” Spoelstra told the Miami Herald. “This is a real lunch pail, hard-hat team.”

The team was missing Danny Granger in the game.

Where do they rank?

Well, the Heat are no longer a gimme to be one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference, but they are up there.

There are the Cavaliers and Bulls, then there is everyone else left to sort it out with the Pacers and Wizards presumably some of the better teams of the rest.

The Eastern Conference remains a weaker group than the Western Conference, by far.

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