Three For All: Miami Heat

by Micah Hart

As everyone knows by now, the compressed NBA schedule will force every team to play three games in three nights at least one this season (42 times in total). With only 66 games to stake a claim to a playoff spot or seed, how teams perform during these killer slates could have a large impact on how their seasons turn out.

With that in mind, we’re going to keep track of each of the 42 three-plays to see which teams take advantage and which teams fall apart. Up next, the Miami Heat, who played three straight from Feb. 12-14.

Back on January 12, the Chicago Bulls put up a three for all number I wasn’t sure would be beaten this season, as they attained the highest possible score they could with three victories by 10+ points. At the time, I said this:

The only way they can be topped from here on out is if a team plays two road games and wins all three by double figures, so, yeah, good luck beating Chicago.

Challenged extended? Challenge accepted by the Miami Heat, who took to the road for all three legs of their back-to-back-to-back.

Game 1: Heat 107, Hawks 87 – Once again we see the key to a good start in the three-play: play Atlanta get up early in Game 1 so you can save your strength. The Heat ran out to a 30-18 lead at the end of the first period, led by 22 at the half, and cruised the rest of the way. Dwyane Wade didn’t even play half the game — and still put up 21 points. 3 points (1 for the win, 1 for +10 margin, 1 for road)

Game 2: Heat 114, Bucks 96 – Revenge! This one was a little personal for the Heat, who somehow managed to lose both prior games to the Bucks despite Milwaukee being under .500 and currently on the outside of the playoff chase. LeBron James made sure there was no sweep, dropping 35 and eight in another game that was pretty much over by the fourth quarter. 5 points (3 for the win, 1 for +10 margin, 1 for road)

Game 3: Heat 105, Pacers 90 – Indiana, what gives? Two nights rest for the Pacers going into this game (a rare sight in this condensed season), and although Danny Granger did exit this one early (a tough blow for Indy, which started its own three-play on this night), they were already down 16 at the time. LeBron drops 23-9-7, and Norris Cole continued an excellent rookie season with 20 off the bench. 7 points (5 for the win, 1 for +10 margin, 1 for road)

So, yeah. You wanted to see what perfection looked like, this was perfection. Not only did the Heat play all three games on the road (only the Pistons had to play three road games for their triple, and they lost all of them for a season-worst -3 points), but they won all three by +10 and were so dominant I’m surprised they didn’t petition the league to go ahead and play again tonight. Seriously, check out Wade’s minutes and points totals from the three games:

— 23:56 and 21 against Atlanta
— 28:00 and 22 against Milwaukee
— 24:06 and 16 against Indiana

When you only need one of the five best players in the world for half a game and you win, you know you have things cooking. 15 total points for Miami, the highest possible amount possible available this season, and a sincere tip o’ the cap from All Ball on a job well done. 

Up next: The Utah Jazz also played three straight Feb. 12-14.

Three for all Top Ten:
Miami Heat (15 points)
Chicago Bulls (13 points)
OKC Thunder (12 points)
Atlanta Hawks (8 points)
Houston Rockets (7 points)
Portland Trail Blazers (6 points)
L.A. Clippers (6 points)
Philadelphia 76ers (6 points)
Denver Nuggets I (6 points)
Orlando Magic (5 points)

Full Three for all standings

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  1. whattathought says:

    There should be some sort of statistic that shows how many games a team has won without needing it’s top players to play in the 4th!

    • YouIdiot says:

      your stupid, it doesn’t matter if their top players play in the 4th. they are just winning the game. you probably support the bobcats, thats why your mad

  2. Wow says:

    when you get dominated like this it’s really something. The Heat did a great job and got the best possible score for their three-for-all. When Wade only plays half of the games and you destroy other teams like this, you know they are a great team.

  3. DRose says:

    BULLS will beat the HEAT DIVAS again…!!!

  4. barkley sucks says:

    How about an extra 2 points for beating the other team by 20+ ???? surely thats fair!!!

  5. luckers says:

    heat got lucky by having all their three for all games on the road

  6. c0achdesigns says:

    ‘It doesn’t really mean a thing without the ring’ – a phrase I got from the 72-10 record of the Chicago Bulls.
    This is bull crap stat. What if a particular team only have one 3-game-3-night sched and the others have a dozen? How would you end up scoring with this?
    Makes no sense at all or relevance to the sole goal of the game.

  7. Linsanity says:

    wew….but still….lin would be a problem for the heat…might torch the miami heat in the playoffs..

    • dudewtf says:

      seriously? o_O

    • lintarded says:

      you are so delusional… if lebron guards lin, omg i dont even wanna think of the travesty …

      i love lin but you guys need to stop saying he can beat lebron or wade…

    • Belizeboy says:

      If Rose wasn’t a problem Lin shouldn’t be. The problem is if Lin develops well with Melo and Stat then everyone needs to lookout.

    • RBR says:

      Lin is a minor bump in road for many teams all u have to do to shut down a player like him is to adjust, how did miami get beatern by dallas?, dallas adjusted that is why miami lost, they shut down wade, lebron & bosh so they had none of their plays to run which would have a great effect, they couldnt drive forced them to take tough shots (long 2’s) & look at what happened dallas won suprise?

  8. JOHN says:

    can we keep track of how many articles writes praising Miami? seriously its like 3 a week, its getting ridiculous, we get it, they are a great time…do we need to be beaten over the head with it every day of how good they are? my goodness

    • ko0kie says:

      since you are such an eager reader you probably have mentionied that this is an article appearing regularly.. it’s not about the heat it’s about the fact that they played a back-back-back… you should actually read some articles instead of just hating.

  9. McAllenn Quinn says:

    it’s obvious…
    Wade is a very good player, but he is not carrying the team anymore. LeBron is carrying the team (The original Wade Team – Miami Heat).

    • c0achdesigns says:

      You got it the other way around pal, wade is doing all the work to make the Heat blew up the score. LBJ just adds up to the damage because they are so worried for Wade taking on the game. The D is on Wade, not on LBJ, even if LBJ is on the ball. but of course, overrated as LBJ is, he gets all the praise.

      • rifraf says:

        Sorry coachdesigns, that statement is completely ridiculous. Lebron is definetely not overrated, his stats and game changing ability and work ethic prove all that. While his “hollywood” persona and larger than life aura can be distracting and somewhat annoying to some, his game speaks for itself and no one no matter how much they may dislike him, can downplay that. He is dominating and without lebron i dont think Miami would be as good as they are.

  10. Cody says:

    Yeah but the Heat got their 3 wins against low tier teams Atlanta, Milwauke and Indiana. These stats should award points for how tough the opponent is also.

    • chris murphy says:

      oo ok so 2 of the 3 are playoff bound teams and i guess that makes them lower tier..

    • cody's brain says:

      yes, absolutely low tier… chicago went against the pistons, timberwolves and wizards in their back-to-back-to-back, those are the real title contenders!

  11. Chuck says:

    They went a little far with the scoring system, seeing how not all teams are playing all 3 of their back to back to back games on the road; therefore, some teams physically can’t score as high as the Heat did. Just leave it at saying it was a great accomplishment.

  12. think1st says:

    Bulls can beat Heat if DRose plays well. How about if he doesnt??? “Logic” DRose vs Big 3…. 74% of it is that Miami will surely beat the Bulls…. Just like Last Year!

  13. Mo Williams says:

    Man I love lebron, I hope he wins a ring before cleveland do, but it would be better if the clips win MOAR!!!!!!!!!!

  14. boohoo says:

    heat can beat the bulls over and over again..
    le bron still on cleveland beat the bulls with no one on playoffs even with injured elbow
    last year le bron with wade and bosh beat the bulls so hard
    how come bulls can win this time?

  15. izzy says:

    I agree with this article… The Heat have much better chemistry and their defense is suffocating!! They are showing the rest of the teams how you are supposed to play as a team and play Defense.. GO HEAT!!

  16. Derlt says:

    Lebron is the MVP this year!

  17. John says:

    Bulls woulda had 15, but 2 of their 3 were at home

  18. dw 3# says:

    go ! miami i dont understand why people hate lbj sooo… much i mean he made a decision thats it! he chose to be with another team that would be like for most people to find another job for whatever reason i know i can t convince the world to see and consider my point of view but let s be real and honest he s playing very well so is wade and bosch infact the whole team!!! ohh and as for every one just pointing fingers at lbj for slamdunk contest is just unfair is just wanting to see someone fail!! i mean i dont know if you guys remmember but i remember a player that dunked and still can dunk really good and never got pointed that way his name is kobe bryant think about it jajajaj!! goooo miami 2012 champs!!!

  19. chur says:

    LBJ is the man….bulls will get honed out!!!!KING JAMES

  20. Mr James says:

    I agree with you… The Heat chemistry today is different last year especially the Big 3 their more than friends their like brothers now. To be a championship team you need to have a chemistry first, look New York Knicks their have a bad season so far even though they have 2 “superstars” their strugling because they are lack of chemistry.

  21. ko0kie says:

    it’s such a difference when haslem and miller are healthy.. and now with the addition of cole and battier they’re much deeper than last year. I still don’t see how eddy curry can help the team.. even if he looks like he has lost a lot of weight, he lacks of playing time in the past two, three years… he looks so rusty and clumsy.

    • titi12 says:

      I observe that heat players do not play well any game on saturday and sunday at AAA. I am asking if that has to see with their excess in south beach during the weekeend? if it is the case, guys cut off on south beach any weekend you have a game to play.

  22. King James says:

    Miami is the best by far. we will get the championship this season. Also Lebron is the best player that has ever played the game of basketball

  23. David says:

    Dunks and Alley-ops arent the perfection…and Heat are based only on athleticism of James and Wade and very fast turnovers, however this wont last long and we have all seen that the powerful teams like Bulls or Spurs use more brain and later on they will stop James and the whole ”tactic” of the HEAT…moreover Wade is the king of the HEAT as he can score from any position…James plays ”run like a train, no one can stop you”, well a little use of brain of defenders and James is gonna start being charged….

    • Padre Damaso says:

      then where is the brain of the bulls last year??? and the spurs who is against no. 8 memphis?

    • Will says:

      They aren’t only based on getting quick turnovers. They can shoot the ball from a half court set and they go to Bosh in the post. The reason really why the Heat are playing so well is because they are having a good run on defense. Oh and your “oowerful” teams have already lost to the Heat once so it hasn’t really worked, has it?

    • Miami lover says:

      Heat are better than the bulls they beat tham

  24. Miami lover says:

    Omg I love miami watching the pacers at heat heat are winning woohoo