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Heat set team shooting mark, rout Bulls

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MIAMI (AP) — All the Miami Heat Jerseys did was put together the best shooting night in franchise history, an effort that matched the NBA’s top performance from the floor in the last 18 years.

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The Heat shot 67.5 percent, set a season high for points and beat the Chicago Bulls Jerseys 129-111 on Tuesday night. Hassan Whiteside scored a career-high 26 points and had 14 rebounds, and Johnson had 24 points in his Miami home debut.

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Miami’s 52-for-77 shooting was the best since Utah shot exactly that on Feb. 27, 2010, and no team has done better from the field since the Los Angeles Clippers Jerseys connected on 69.3 percent of their shots on March 13, 1998.

”The game felt effortless offensively,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. ”We’re not calling specific play calls to say, ‘OK, this is for you, you get your shot.’ It’s five-man basketball, guys are making the right play and if you see somebody open you follow the fundamental law of basketball and throw it to them.”

Heat guard Dwyane Wade was more succinct.

”I have no idea,” Wade said.

Clearly, neither did the Bulls. It was the worst field-goal percentage defense night for Chicago since the stat started being charted by STATS in the 1983-84 season, and after the Bulls got within 108-102 with about 5 minutes left they got outscored 21-9 the rest of the way – taking a loss that knocked them out cheap blackhawks jersey of the top eight in the Eastern Conference.

”A terrible defensive effort on our part,” Chicago’s Pau wholesale jerseys Gasol said. ”We knew that this team was a high-scoring team in the paint, we didn’t force them to take 3s, we didn’t force them to take long shots. They pretty much got everything that they wanted.”

Derrick Rose returned from a three-game absence because of injury and scored 17 points for Chicago, which lost for the 17th time in 25 games. Gasol had 15 points, nine rebounds and six assists, and Taj Gibson added 13 points for Chicago – but left in the third quarter with a right hamstring injury, grabbing at it and wincing in pain.

”I liked how I played,” Rose said.

No team had shot better in an NBA game this season than the 61.8 percent posted by San Antonio against Philadelphia on Dec. 7. The Heat topped that easily, with Deng, Whiteside and Johnson combining to shoot 26 for 34. Deng scored 20, Wade had 18 and Goran Dragic finished with 17 points and 11 assists.

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”Great pickup, Heat,” Whiteside said. ”He’s an amazing player and I’m glad he’s on our side.”

The Heat improved to 5-2 in seven games since Chris Bosh became inactive because of a blood clot in his leg. Neither Bosh nor the team has offered any specifics or updates on his condition.


Bulls: Aaron Brooks Jerseys scored 16 points. … The change in Chicago’s defensive numbers are staggering. The Bulls allowed 99.7 points on 41.6 percent shooting in their first 34 games, and in 25 games since have given up more than 106 points on 46 percent shooting. … Rose played 24 minutes, with the Bulls going in saying they would be cautious in his return game.

Heat: Johnson passed Reggie Theus for 50th on the NBA’s career scoring list with his seventh point Tuesday. … Deng, who was with the Bulls for 10 seasons, had warm embraces for several Chicago staffers at halftime. … The Heat paid tribute to longtime team broadcasters Eric Reid Jerseys and Jose Paneda to commemorate their 2,000-games-called milestones. Reid and Paneda have been with the franchise since its inaugural season.


Whiteside has nine double-doubles in 11 games off the bench for the Heat, while generally playing starters’ minutes. Whiteside has double-doubles in each of his last six games, something no Heat reserve had ever done.


Golfer Matt Kuchar – in town for this week’s World Golf Championship at Doral – made a pair of chips from midcourt during a timeout, earning $10,000 for charity. Also courtside were a pair of retired professional hitters, baseball’s Mike Lowell and boxing’s Floyd Mayweather Jr. Miami clothier Kenny Sager was in the crowd as well, his birthday celebration marked by Heat mascot Burnie covering him with silly string.


Bulls: Visit Orlando on Wednesday.

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So far, so good for Donovan in his transition to NBA life

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That familiar look on Billy Donovan’s face in the huddle is there for a reason.

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When you’ve done this, stood in the belly of the basketball beast for as long as you can remember, another night doesn’t rattle you.

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So what if you’re doing it with NBA superstars hanging on your every word instead of with future NBA superstars hanging on your every word in college.

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It didn’t work out on this night, as Donovan’s Oklahoma City Thunder Jerseys couldn’t survive a late-game blitz from Jeff Teague and the Atlanta Hawks Jerseys at Philips Arena, losing 106-100 and seeing their four-game win streak come to an end.

But the mode and the message don’t change.

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Paul Millsap scores 26 points and grabs 11 rebounds and Jeff Teague adds 25 as the Hawks defeat the Thunder.

“We put ourselves in a bad position,” mercurial Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook said, echoing the words of his coach from a few minutes earlier. “Whenever we’re locked in and ready to play, we have a chance to win the game.”

Donovan is just roughly a quarter of the way into his first NBA job, after spending the last 19 years entrenched at the University of Florida. Yet he seems every bit as comfortable working the sidelines at this level as he did as one of the elite coaches in college. And his quick connection with his players — specifically stars Westbrook and Kevin Durant — is one of his early strengths.

Generally speaking in college, you need that repetition on the floor, that constant drilling, to get better. These guys have played in so many games over so many years, they’re able to learn and grow by just watching film …

– Oklahoma City Thunder Jerseys coach Billy Donovan

He didn’t come into the situation trying to make waves after taking over in April after Scott Brooks was fired. He showed up with a detailed plan and a good understanding of what the expectations would be for any coach taking over a team with the sort of talent and depth the Thunder boast.

Donovan wanted to make life easier for them. As well, he wanted to take some of the pressure off of two of the game’s biggest stars — particularly at crunch time — while not tinkering too much with what’s worked for one of the league’s most dynamic duos.

“It’s been good,” Durant said. “We’re still learning. We’ve definitely gotten better over these last few weeks. Coach has been putting in some good sets cheap apartments in jersey city for us on offense and some different schemes on defense and we’ve been getting better at it.”

Nets vs.Thunder

Kevin Durant scores 30 points, Russell Westbrook adds 27 points and 13 assists and the Thunder beat the Nets 110-99 on Wednesday night.

Donovan’s measured approach has been the right fit with the Thunder, who are in Miami tonight for a tilt with the Miami Heat Jerseys (7 ET, TNT). It’s Donovan’s first trip back to Florida since leaving Gainesville for Oklahoma City and the five-year, $30 million deal that finally pried him away from the college game.

Donovan backed out of a signed contract with the Orlando Magic Jerseys in 2007, opting to stick to stick with the powerhouse program he’d built at Florida instead of trying his hand at the NBA.

The timing, however, was right this time. And it’s a move many of the NBA players who starred for Donovan at Florida felt was inevitable.

“It’s something he always wanted to do, so I knew when the right situation came along he was going to jump at it,” said Hawks All-Star center Al Horford, who was also on Florida’s back-to-back NCAA championship teams of 2006 and ’07.

We’ve definitely gotten better over these last few weeks. Coach has been putting in some good sets for us on offense and some different schemes on defense and we’ve been getting better at it.

– Oklahoma City Thunder Jerseys star Kevin Durant

“I think that the biggest thing for him is that he’s always focused on what he wants to do going into every single situation, and that helps no matter what level you are playing at, to have a coach like that. The good thing for those guys (the Thunder) is that he’s going to put them in good, winning situations. And as long as they trust him, they’re going to be fine.”

Donovan reputation preceded him in the Thunder locker room. With nine first-round Draft picks and enough former Florida stars in the league to fill out an entire NBA roster willing and ready to vouch for him, credibility was not a problem. That difficult transition that has devoured some college coaches trying to manage that transition does not appear to be an issue for Donovan.

That’s not to say there haven’t been a few surprises here and there. The pace of the season, the travel grind and the fundamental differences in how you approach the job daily requires some adjusting, no matter who you are or how prepared you may feel you are.

Pistons vs. Thunder

Kevin Durant scores 34 points, grabs 13 rebounds and five blocks to lead the Thunder past the visiting Pistons, 103-87.

“There haven’t really been any surprises for me,” Donovan said. “I would say the one thing for me that you look at, especially with our veteran guys, is that they have so many games under their belts, so many experiences under their belts that a lot of time in college you need on the floor practices to get better as a team. We went through a stretch (last month) where we didn’t have a lot of practice time and we were really able to use film work to get better and improve. Generally speaking in college, you need that repetition on the floor, that constant drilling, to get better. These guys have played in so many games over so many years, they’re able to learn and grow by just watching film, and they’re able to apply it on the floor.”
After missing out on the playoffs last season, the Thunder are right back in the thick of things in the Western Conference standings. Durant and Westbrook are both healthy and their supporting cast is finding their roles in this new system.

Donovan’s greatest contribution to the Thunder, Horford insists, will come in the culture he creates for his players. His understanding of what it takes to thrive at a championship level will mean more than any play he can draw up or words of wisdom he can relay in the huddle.

“He really made me understand what team basketball is all about, and how you are supposed to play,” Horford said. “And it’s something I’ve carried with me ever since. That’s always my approach, thinking of the team and thinking of winning above everything else. That’s what he’s about and that’s what his teams, no matter what level, are always going to be about. It’s just who he is and what he believes in.”

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Unless Luol Deng has a very good morning, the Miami Heat Jerseys will start Gerald Green in his place again.

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After turning in his best performance of the season, Green is expected to continue filling in for the injured Deng as the Heat host the Boston Celtics Jerseys on Monday night.

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Deng has missed two games with a strained left hamstring, and he’s not expected to return yet.

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“I hope that I magically wake up and I feel great,” said Deng, who is averaging 10.3 points.

Barring that, Green will get a third straight start. He earned it after scoring a season-high 25 points while hitting 8 of 14 from the floor in Friday’s 97-78 win at New York. He was also effective defending Carmelo Anthony, who missed his manchester city jersey cheap final eight shots and finished with 11 points.

Deng wasn’t surprised by Green’s defensive effort.

“We know Gerald can do that,” he said. “Any time you can put him out there and he can get you 20. He’s a great scorer. He gives us a different look. We said it from the start that this is a deep team. It’s good that when guys are out or not playing great that we got guys who are ready to step up.”

That hasn’t always been the case with Green, who is on his eighth team since being drafted 18th overall by Boston in 2005. He’s missed six games this season after being hospitalized following an incident at his apartment. He was suspended by the Heat (10-5) for two of those for conduct detrimental to the team.

“What I do have to do, which is a requirement to wear this jersey, is to go out there and keep playing defense and that’s what I’m going to do,” Green said.

That attitude fits in with Miami yielding an Eastern Conference-best 91.7 points per game, a big reason cheap jerseys the team is atop the Southeast Division and 8-2 at home.

Dwyane Wade is averaging 22.3 points during the Heat’s three-game home winning streak. He scored 34 while connecting on 13 of 23 from the field, but that wasn’t enough in a 100-90 home loss to the Celtics (9-8) on March 9.

Boston is trying to avoid its first four-game road losing streak since Dec. 21-Jan. 3.
The Celtics are surrendering an average of 114.0 points and 51.6 percent shooting – 40.6 from long range – over the last three games, and they’re 0-7 overall when opponents reach the century mark.

After allowing a total of 158 points in home wins over Philadelphia and Washington, Boston fell apart in Sunday’s opener of this five-game trip. The team shot 40.9 percent from the field and 18.5 from beyond the arc while getting outrebounded 54-34 in a 110-91 loss at Orlando.

“It’s not just one guy, all five guys on the court were lacking,” said forward Jae Crowder, who had 12 points. “They came up with every loose ball and every offensive rebound they got, they scored on or so it seemed. We have to get better on that.”

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