LeBron James took his shots at the Miami Heat's inefficiency two nights earlier in the locker room in New Orleans. Monday night at AmericanAirlines Arena, he made the statement that mattered most against the Portland Trail Blazers. Replacing rhetoric with the winning basket with 11.4 seconds left, James sent the Heat into Wednesday night's Eastern Conference showdown against the Indiana Pacers on an up note, with a dramatic 93-91 victory. "I loved the enthusiasm we had tonight. We were flying around," a relieved James said when it was over, after he had completed his 32-point effort. "You get wins like that when you are true to who you are. With the Heat having blown all of a 17-point fourth-quarter lead, the two players most vocal on Saturday night about a slump that had reached seven losses in 11 games produced the decisive plays Monday. First James, who had been part of a pair of turnovers moments early, with the Heat somewhat flustered late by the Blazers' zone, used to Chris Bosh screen for his driving layup that closed the scoring.
LeBron, Heat push past Blazers 93-91, Pacers up next
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel | Mar 25