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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Miami Heat’s brutal three road games in three nights came to an end Monday night with a familiar feel; the Heat blowing out another team, this time the Indiana Pacers.
Miami finished off with a 105-90 victory over the Pacers, which wasn’t as close as the final score makes it appear.
The team finished off the Pacers early in the game and never looked back. It was the Heat’s third straight blowout and was history-making as well.
With the win, the Heat became the first NBA team in more than three decades to win three road games in three nights.
The victory showed the rest of the league the Heat have figured it out and are starting to fire on all cylinders.
“I think as far as team chemistry, we got better every single night,” James said. “Tonight we had 17 assists. We rebounded and defended.
When we do that, we’re very, very tough to beat and it shows the professionalism of the group.”
It was a total team effort last night as the Big Three combined to score just 52 points with the rest coming from other teammates.
Rookie Norris Cole continued his impressive season by pouring in 20 points in the victory over Indiana.
Over the last four games, the Heat is beating opponents by a clip of 108-91. The 17-point spread is one of the largest the Heat has had over multiple wins this season.
It’s especially impressive given the three games in three nights schedule the Heat just completed.
“Our guys wanted this challenge and we were well aware it had not been done in 40 years, to back-to-back-to-back on the road and be able to stay focused,” said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra. “We threw out anything we could have used as a crutch.”
As the Heat continue to power towards the NBA playoffs, the opponents of the Heat down the stretch are facing something they didn’t have to last season, a complete team.
The sky’s the limit if the Heat can keep playing the way they have recently.