Reporting Tim Kephart
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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Miami Heat’s seven-game winning streak has been spurred by superb play from LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. But lost amidst the shuffle has been Chris Bosh who had almost disappeared from the offense, until Tuesday night.
Bosh came back to life against the Sacramento Kings playing excellent defense and pouring in 20 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.
He scored his points by shooting 50 percent from the field in a game that was almost a Welcome Back Chris moment for the Heat.
Bosh had previously said he didn’t mind his lower numbers as long as the team kept winning. Over the last six games before Tuesday’s against the Kings, Bosh averaged 13.8 points on 40 percent shooting.
But on the first play of the night Tuesday, the Heat ran their first play off the tip to Bosh and he responded throughout the night with a solid performance.
The one knock on Bosh since he’s been in the league has been that he’s not aggressive and can get bossed around on the court.
Bosh has worked on this part of his game, but told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel his recent struggles weren’t about lack of aggressiveness.
“It’s not that I’m not being aggressive in those games,” Bosh told the Sun-Sentinel. “I just missed shots. I don’t get to the free-throw line. I’m in a position where I’m trying to figure other things out. It’s not what it’s about for me right now. I’m trying to build for the postseason. “
Bosh will be key for the Heat when the New York Knicks come to town to close out the first half of the regular season Thursday.
Bosh will have to defend either Tyson Chandler or Amar’e Stoudemire of the Knicks. Either will be a physical challenge for Bosh, who will likely line up against Stoudemire.