The Miami Heat ended up cruising to a 104-88 win over the visiting Atlanta Hawks, but the score wasn't completely indicative of how the game went. The Heat, 7-4 coming into tonight's game, trailed by one point after the first quarter and only led by 3 at halftime. Chris Bosh leading all scorers with 19 points, but it was the play of the Miami guards that determined the outcome. In a game which superstar Dwyane Wade was held out for the sake of rest, the combination of point guard Mario Chalmers and usual-second-teamer Norris Cole gave the Hawks more trouble than they could handle. The Hawks' inexperience was exposed throughout the night, ultimately committing 24 turnovers. The ballhandlers for Atlanta were unable to generate any offensive flow and lacked any ability to create for their teammates. Veteran guard Ray Allen finished with 17 points for the Heat. Norris Cole added 8, as well as 9 assists. Starting point guard Mario Chalmers, back from a one-game suspension, netted 14, including nine straight unanswered in the third to help the Heat pull away for good.
Hear what the Miami Heat had to say after their 104-88 victory over Atlanta:
Below is the 2013-2014 schedule for the Miami Heat. A reminder that ESPN 106.3 is your home for Heat basketball in the Palm Beaches and Treasure Coast!
29 Tues. CHICAGO 8:00 PM TNT
30 Wed. @ Philadelphia 7:00 PM SUN
1 Fri. @ Brooklyn 8:00 PM SUN/ESPN
3 Sun. WASHINGTON 6:00 PM SUN
5 Tues. @ Toronto 7:00 PM SUN
7 Thurs. L.A. CLIPPERS 7:00 PM TNT
9 Sat. BOSTON 7:30 PM SUN
12 Tues. MILWAUKEE 7:30 PM SUN
15 Fri. DALLAS 7:30 PM SUN
16 Sat. @ Charlotte 7:00 PM SUN
19 Tues. ATLANTA 7:30 PM SUN
20 Wed. @ Orlando 7:00 PM SUN
23 Sat. ORLANDO 7:30 PM SUN
25 Mon. PHOENIX 7:30 PM SUN
27 Wed. @ Cleveland 7:30 PM SUN/ESPN
29 Fri. @ Toronto 7:00 PM SUN
1 Sun. CHARLOTTE 6:00 PM SUN
3 Tues. DETROIT 7:30 PM SUN
5 Thurs. @ Chicago 9:30 PM SUN/TNT
7 Sat. @ Minnesota 8:00 PM SUN
8 Sun. @ Detroit 6:00 PM SUN
10 Tues. @ Indiana 7:00 PM SUN
14 Sat. CLEVELAND 7:30 PM SUN
16 Mon. UTAH 7:30 PM SUN
18 Wed. INDIANA 7:00 PM SUN/ESPN
20 Fri. SACRAMENTO 7:30 PM SUN
23 Mon. ATLANTA 7:30 PM SUN
25 Wed. @ L.A. Lakers 5:00 PM ABC
27 Fri. @ Sacramento 10:00 PM SUN
28 Sat. @ Portland 10:00 PM SUN
30 Mon. @ Denver 9:00 PM SUN
2 Thurs. GOLDEN STATE 7:30 PM SUN
4 Sat. @ Orlando 7:00 PM SUN
5 Sun. TORONTO 6:00 PM SUN
7 Tues. NEW ORLEANS 7:30 PM SUN
9 Thurs. @ New York 8:00 PM TNT
10 Fri. @ Brooklyn 8:00 PM SUN/ESPN
15 Wed. @ Washington 7:00 PM SUN
17 Fri. @ Philadelphia 7:00 PM SUN
18 Sat. @ Charlotte 7:00 PM SUN
20 Mon. @ Atlanta 5:30 PM SUN
21 Tues. BOSTON 7:30 PM SUN
23 Thurs. L.A. LAKERS 8:00 PM TNT
26 Sun. SAN ANTONIO 1:00 PM ABC
29 Wed. OKLAHOMA CITY 7:00 PM SUN/ESPN
1 Sat. @ New York 8:30 PM SUN/ESPN
3 Mon. DETROIT 7:30 PM SUN
5 Wed. @ L.A. Clippers 10:30 PM SUN/ESPN
8 Sat. @ Utah 9:00 PM SUN
11 Tues. @ Phoenix 9:00 PM SUN
12 Wed. @ Golden State 10:30 PM SUN/NBA TV
18 Tues. @ Dallas 8:30 PM SUN
20 Thurs. @ Oklahoma City 8:00 PM TNT
23 Sun. CHICAGO 3:30 PM ABC
27 Thurs. NEW YORK 8:00 PM TNT
1 Sat. ORLANDO 7:30 PM SUN
3 Mon. CHARLOTTE 7:30 PM SUN
4 Tues. @ Houston 8:00 PM SUN
6 Thurs. @ San Antonio 8:00 PM SUN/TNT
9 Sun. @ Chicago 1:00 PM ABC
10 Mon. WASHINGTON 7:30 PM SUN
12 Wed. BROOKLYN 7:00 PM SUN/ESPN
14 Fri. DENVER 7:30 PM SUN
16 Sun. HOUSTON 3:30 PM ABC
18 Tues. @ Cleveland 7:00 PM SUN
19 Wed. @ Boston 7:30 PM SUN
21 Fri. MEMPHIS 7:30 PM SUN
22 Sat. @ New Orleans 8:00 PM SUN
24 Mon. PORTLAND 7:30 PM SUN
26 Wed. @ Indiana 8:00 PM SUN/ESPN
28 Fri. @ Detroit 7:30 PM SUN
29 Sat. @ Milwaukee 8:30 PM SUN
31 Mon. TORONTO 7:30 PM SUN
2 Wed. MILWAUKEE 7:30 PM SUN
4 Fri. MINNESOTA 7:30 PM SUN
6 Sun. NEW YORK 1:00 PM ABC
8 Tues. BROOKLYN 8:00 PM SUN/TNT
9 Wed. @ Memphis 8:00 PM SUN/ESPN
11 Fri. INDIANA 7:30 PM SUN/NBA TV
12 Sat. @ Atlanta 7:30 PM SUN
14 Mon. @ Washington 7:00 PM SUN
16 Wed. PHILADELPHIA 8:00 PM SUN
MIAMI, FL – The Miami HEAT announced today that they have re-signed forward/center Chris Andersen. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“We are ecstatic that Chris Andersen has decided to stay with the Miami HEAT,” said HEAT President Pat Riley. “We would not have won the championship without him and we are looking forward to him having an even better season next year.”
Andersen appeared in 42 regular season games with the HEAT last season, helping Miami to a 39-3 record (.929) over that span, marking the highest winning percentage by any player in NBA history playing in at least 40 games during a single season. The 11-year NBA veteran averaged 4.9 points, 4.1 rebounds, 1.05 blocks and 14.9 minutes while shooting 57.7 percent from the field. Additionally, he appeared in 20 postseason games during the HEAT’s championship run and averaged 6.4 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.10 blocks and 15.2 minutes while shooting 80.7 percent (46-of-57) from the field, becoming the first player in NBA postseason history to take at least 35 shots and shoot better than 75 percent from the field. He also connected on a perfect 7-of-7 from the field vs. Indiana during Game One of the Eastern Conference Finals on May 22, marking the most made field goals without a miss during a single postseason game in HEAT franchise history.
“I’m excited to be back with the HEAT,” said Chris Andersen. “I believe we have an opportunity to repeat and I’m looking forward to the challenge.”
Andersen was originally signed to a 10-day contract by the HEAT on January 20, 2013 and then re-signed to a second 10-day contract on January 30 before signing for the remainder of the season on February 8.
By: ESPN 106.3 Staff
ESPN 106.3 was in the middle of the party in the Heat locker room after last night's NBA championship-clinching win over the Spurs at the American Airlines Arena. Click on each video below to watch:
Heat F Udonis Haslem
Heat F Chris Andersen
Heat G Mario Chalmers
Heat F Chris Bosh
The Miami Heat are champions again. The Heat held off the Spurs to take home the NBA Title for the 2nd straight year. ESPN 106.3 was in the team's championship locker room after the game, give a listen to what the champs had to say.
Chris “Birdman” Andersen
By Jeremy Marks-Peltz
1. One of Pat Riley’s most infamous quotes: “There’s winning, and there’s misery.” Being in the locker room, the Miami Heat lives by that mantra. When they lose by 36, it’s misery. But when they win, even if it took seven games, even in a game where Chris Bosh didn’t score a point, even in a playoff run that pundits say will force major changes win or lose, none of that mattered to the Heat tonight. Nor should it have. They are back-to-back champions.
2. So that silly talk about tonight being a “legacy definer” for LeBron James? I think LeBron is pretty good with his legacy being defined tonight. This was the game of LeBron’s life. Drives to the basket, mid-range jumper, three-ball, suffocating defense. The Finals MVP had it all.
3. James also had help. Shane Battier is this year’s winner of the Mike Miller award, named to the role player who comes out of nowhere in a title clinching game. Dwyane Wade was active, engaged Wade on both ends, even if it took a while for him and the team to mesh tonight. On the down side, a combined 0-14 for Chris Bosh, Ray Allen, and Mike Miller. Me stating that Bosh would have a monster game might go down as the worst in an avalanche of sorry JMP predictions.
4. The Spurs are definitely the best team this Heat crew has faced in the Finals. Tonight, they refused to die until the final 40 seconds. An amazing Finals culminating an amazing year in the NBA. They always deliver.
5. Tim Duncan did what Tim Duncan does, and Manu Ginobili, aside from costly turnovers, helped keep the Spurs afloat. But the most valuable player for the visitors tonight was Kawhi Leonard. Just like Paul George last series, we are looking at a star in the making.
6. The Heat deserved this title, and are the best team in the NBA, even by a hair. But I stand by what I proclaimed before this series: If I’m Pat Riley, I would consider trading Chris Bosh. The Heat need to get younger, bigger, and most importantly, give LeBron another perimeter defender. That could make this team more dangerous in the long run, and enhance LeBron James’ chances of another contract with the Heat after opting out in 2014.
1: The number of players who scored as many points in a Game 7 NBA Finals contest as LeBron James. Tommy Heinsohn back in 1957.
2-19: Danny Green’s field goal line in Game six and seven. This after Green appeared to be the frontrunner for Finals MVP.
13: The number of NBA coaches with at least two championships. 10 of them are in the Hall of Fame. Out of the two who haven’t (Rudy Tomjanovich, Gregg Popovich), the latter is a surefire Naismith enshrinee when he retires. The 13th is Erik Spoelstra.
From Evan Cohen (@EvcoRadio): “LBJ is the King tonight. I shut up now.”
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