Mike Miller and Mario Chalmers lost their limp. Dwyane Wade found it. No, this is not exactly a Miami Heat team striding to the finish line of the regular season, but it nonetheless continues to make strides. With Sunday's 108-94 victory over the New Jersey Nets at the Prudential Center, the Heat made it 11 victories in their last 13 games, as they clinched the Southeast Division title, the eighth division title in the franchise's 23 seasons. "We don't want to be jaded. We'll take what we can now," coach Erik Spoelstra said of the division. "It's the first step." Bursting out to a 26-10 lead and pushing the advantage to 21 in the second quarter, the Heat gingerly pushed to the finish, closing out their weeklong trip at 3-1. More to the point, Wade gingerly pushed through, with a bruised right thigh sending him to the locker room in the first half and extra halftime shooting required to loosen him up for the final two periods. "I don't know if I should have or not, but I did," Wade said. "I just went and gutted it out, but it didn't get better at any point. "I just wanted to play basketball, one leg or not."
Miller, Chalmers back, Wade bruised; Heat rip Nets 108-94
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel | Apr 4