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Just hours after Miami Heat superstar LeBron James said the team’s defense was playing like *expletive*; the Heat put together a solid all-around performance Tuesday night to blow out the Milwaukee Bucks, 118-95.
Paul Pierce and Joe Johnson scored 19 points each, and the Brooklyn Nets ended years of futility against the Miami Heat and sent the NBA champions to their first losing streak in 10 months with a 101-100 victory Friday night.
LeBron James scored 17 points, Shane Battier made all four of his 3-point tries, and the Miami Heat took control with 17 straight second-quarter points on the way to spoiling Derrick Rose’s return and beating the Chicago Bulls 107-95 on Tuesday night in the season-opener for both teams.
For the first time this season, the Miami Heat practiced Sunday with only 15 players on the roster. Michael Beasley was one of them.
Deron Williams got his first preseason action. LeBron James and Chris Bosh didn’t need any more.
There’s not a lot of mystery about what the Miami Heat rotation will look like this season. Such is life when basically an entire team from one season stays together, particularly when that team was good enough to win its second straight NBA championship.
It may seem that the Miami Heat’s season just ended, but training camp for the Heat opens Tuesday and with the team meeting the media on Monday, there are two items on the agenda: winning a third straight NBA championship and keeping LeBron James in town.
Heat forward Udonis Haslem played through much of the second half of Miami’s season with a torn right meniscus, and told The Associated Press that surgery will be required to repair the previously undisclosed injury.
The Miami Heat have decided to exercise their team option to keep starting point guard Mario Chalmers for the 2013-14 season.