The Miami Heat ground out a 101-98 victory against the Detroit Pistons on Jan. 25, thanks to some clutch free throw shooting by LeBron James.
"I've just got to go up and make them," LeBron told reporters after the game. "When you get the opportunity, you go up and make them, and then you live with the results."
The Heat jumped all over the Pistons in the opening half of the game, taking a six point lead into the halftime break. Miami continued their dominance in the second half, but a poor fourth quarter almost cost them the game.
Besides making six consecutive free throws at the end of the game and sealing the deal for Miami, LeBron led the Heat's offense against the Pistons, finishing with a game high 32 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds.
"We've got to close out games," LeBron said. "We know we're going to get the best shot from everybody. To be able to be down late in the game and then come back and win, it was good stuff for us."
Forward Chris Bosh also had a big game, putting up 27 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Mario Chalmers was Miami third highest scorer, lighting up the Pistons from beyond the arc. Chalmers finished with 16 points, 4 assists and 3 rebounds.
Mike Miller and Norris Cole both had solid games coming off the bench. Miller finished the game with 10 points and 3 rebounds, while Cole had 9 points and 4 assists.
Dwyane Wade missed his sixth straight game due to a sprained right ankle, but with the way the Heat are playing, he's free to take all the time he needs to recover. Last year's Miami team would have struggled without a member of the "big three" for six consecutive games, but the new and improved Heat team don't have any such problems.
The Heat will get a day off, before hosting the New York Knicks at the American Airlines Arena. The Heat are currently 7-2 at home, and Miami fans will expect nothing less than a victory on Jan. 27.
Associated Press, "LeBron James key late as Heat edge Pistons sans Dwyane Wade"
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