LeBron's Hangover: James Outscored by Beasley One Day After Record Performance
The Heat lost a total setup of a hangover game 106-103 to the Houston Rockets Monday night. Asking the Heat to follow LeBron's 61 point game less than 24 hours later felt a lot like the camera panning from Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons to Kacey Musgraves at the Grammys -- not real fair.
Musgraves is super cute though, so maybe not the best analogy, because there was nothing cute about the Heat Tuesday night.
LeBron ran out of gas, and who could blame him really? A night after dropping a Heat franchise record 61 points, playing nearly the entire second half, and 41 minutes in total, he looked just fine with deferring to Dwyane Wade most of the game.
LeBron started off strong with 19 in the first half, but finished with just 22. Also a great sign LeBron wasn't himself on this night? One rebound. The good news is LeBron shot made all nine of his two point shots. The bad news is he took nine non-two pointers, and made none of them. When the best player in the Universe does some things you could do on the court by accident, it's normally a good indication of an off night.
The lone bright spot in the loss was Michael Beasley's play. Beasley scored 24 points in 28 minutes off the bench, including four three pointers. Beasley finished 9-13 from the field. Wade chipped in his own 24 a day after sitting out against Charlotte.
Bosh was invisible all night, finishing with just one made field goal, and five points.
A night after the Heat (see LeBron James) couldn't miss, the team went a craptastic 7-27 from beyond the arc. That may seem really reaaaally bad, but it was so much worse before Michael Beasley caught fire late and hit four threes during the Heat's frantic four quarter run. Shane Battier was especially off, by off I mean his NBA good was completely turned off. Battier shot 0-5 from three and most of them were less of a basketball shot and more of a threat to impale small children in the stands. The starters combined to go 0-12 from three, which (beep boop boop bop beep) calculates to zero percent.
The Heat lost by three points, pick any three points, I pick the ones above personally. LeBron hit this ridiculous high difficulty three at the third quarter buzzer, but it was called off during the timeout. Replays showed it just on his fingertips as time expired. Ladies and gentlemen, sports. It's a cruel bitch when it wants to be.