HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — We can stop worrying about the Miami Heat’s Big 3 and whether they are ready to take their game to another level for the postseason.
They’re already there, in fact, playing and existing on a higher level than the average Big 3.
The Heat’s dynamic trio joined historic company Sunday, with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh each finishing with at least 30 points and 10 rebounds in a win over a surging Houston team for their fifth straight win and eight in nine games. They also snapped the Rockets’ winning streak at five games.
They became only the second trio of teammates to accomplish that feat in regulation time, joining Oscar Robertson, Wayne Embry and Jack Twyman, who did it in 1961 as members of the Cincinnati Royals.
“That was one of the things we talked about when we came together was making history,” Bosh said told the Miami Herald. “People kind of thought we were crazy a little bit, but to be great I think sometimes you have to have crazy thoughts … That is awesome. It’s mind blowing. That’s crazy. Hopefully one day, 50 years from now, someone else will do it and say, “Hey, that was the other, other, other Big 3.'”
It’s hard to compare the feats since all we have to go on for the 1961 crew’s feat is the written accounts of what went down (no one here at the hideout was even born for another decade or so).
“To go down in history, to have three teammates have 30 and 10, first time in over 50 years,” James said, “I think it’s unbelievable.”
Believe it, sir. We watched the whole thing unfold.
And it came with the Rockets’ trio of Kyle Lowry, Kevin Martin and Luis Scola trying to match them shot for shot — they finished with a combined 82 points, 29 from Martin, 28 from Scola and 25 from Lowry. So it wasn’t like James, Wade and Bosh were just piling up big numbers in a laugher.
James led the way with 33 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists. Bosh finished with 31 and 12 and Wade with 30, 11 and five assists. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra is rightfully more impressed with his team’s ability to weather the season’s peaks and valleys than he is with any statistical accomplishment his Big 3 puts together. But even he had to acknowledge their feat after they did something no other trio had done in 50 years.
“That’s what makes great players special, which is they can be great during the year but still find another gear or another level to go to,” Spoelstra said. “That’s what you’re seeing with those guys … they’re getting more comfortable and are being able to play without thinking and using more of their instincts.”