The Miami Heat dispatched the Chicago Bulls 129-111 at the AmericanAirlines Arena on Wednesday night and broke a franchise record in the process.
As reported by the Miami Herald, on a night when Hassan Whiteside came off the bench to score a career-high 26 points and recent arrival Joe Johnson added 24, the Heat registered a 67.5-percent shooting night - the best in the franchise's 28-year history.
In total, Miami made good on 52 of their 77 shots against Chicago and their impressive shooting percentage is actually the most efficient in the entire NBA since the Los Angeles Clippers shot 69.3-percent back in March 1998. The Utah Jazz also shot 67.5 in 2010.
Article continues below
The clutch shooting performance helped Eric Spoelstra's team to put up their highest points total in a game this season, and the head coach was keen to credit his players for doing the simple things well:
"The game felt effortless offensively," Spoelstra said, via NBA.com.
Article continues below
"We're not calling specific play calls to say, `OK, this is for you, you get your shot.' It's five-man basketball, guys are making the right play and if you see somebody open you follow the fundamental law of basketball and throw it to them."
The Heat's three top scorers on the night - Whiteside (26), Johnson (24) Deng (20) - missed just eight shots between them as they finished the game a combined 26-of-34.
For as much as Miami were good on Wednesday, it was a bad night at the office for the Chicago Bulls.
The Windy City franchise also achieved a franchise-record of sorts in the 18 point defeat as Fred Hoiberg's team recorded Chicago's worst field-goal percentage defense since the records on such a statistic began in 1983.
Pau Gasol admitted in the aftermath of the game that he and his teammates had allowed Miami to "pretty much (get) everything that they wanted."
The result and the manner of performance will provide a boost for Miami meanwhile as they continue their rise up the Eastern Conference standings.
The victory, coupled with the Atlanta Hawks' overtime loss to the Golden State Warriors, sees the Heat move 1.5 games ahead of the Hawks in fourth spot in the East.
With Joe Johnson having apparently slotted into the roster with ease since his arrival over the weekend, the 2013 NBA champions are certainly trending in the right direction as the business end of the 2015-16 season approaches.
They may struggle to shoot over 67-percent on a regular basis, but Miami proved against the Bulls that they are a free-scoring team when given the opportunity.
For Chicago, meanwhile, their third straight loss leaves them in ninth spot in the Eastern Conference standings. If they are to play postseason basketball this year, the team must find a way to limit their opponents more effectively.