James’ double-double leads Heat over Wolves

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Updated: December 8, 2013

Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) – LeBron James recorded his third double-
double of the season and finished two assists shy of a triple-double in the
Miami Heat’s 103-82 rout of the shorthanded Minnesota Timberwolves.

James finished with 21 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists for Miami, which
got a scare in the first quarter when Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade suffered
injuries. Bosh went to the locker room for most of the period to get his eye
looked at before returning to start the second. Wade banged knees with Kevin
Martin, but stayed in the game and scored 19 points.

Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis added 11 and 10 points, respectively, as the Heat
bounced back from consecutive losses to Detroit and Chicago.

“We don’t like losing back-to-back games and we definitely didn’t want to lose
three in a row,” said James. “It was a good pick up game after the loss to
Chicago.”

Minnesota was without star forward Kevin Love, who was away from the team
following the death of his grandmother. Love is expected to rejoin the Wolves
on Sunday.

Martin paced the hosts with 19 points, while Nikola Pekovic contributed 18
points and 12 rebounds.

“We didn’t move the ball the way we talked about moving it against them,” said
Minnesota head coach Rick Adelman. “It’s just something we have to go back and
practice.”

The Heat jumped out to an early 12-4 lead after a Shane Battier trey, but the
Wolves dominated the rest of the period. Martin’s 3-point play and a pair of
Corey Brewer free throws with 2:51 left in the frame had Minnesota in front by
a 25-19 score, though Miami recorded the final five points of the quarter.

Allen put the Heat on top for good with consecutive layups early in the
second. Wade followed with five straight points, and Miami’s 13-2 run later in
the frame helped give the visitors a 13-point halftime advantage at 55-42.

Minnesota cut into its deficit early in the third and trailed by just five
following a Brewer triple and Luc Mbah a Moute jumper with 8:47 left in the
quarter. The Wolves would get no closer, however, as they missed their next
six shots and a technical free throw by Martin as the Heat regained control.

James scored three straight times during a 15-1 Miami surge, including an
alley-oop off the backboard served up by Wade. Brewer’s triple as the third-
quarter buzzer sounded finally put an end to the charge, but the Heat took a
comfortable 76-60 lead into the fourth and weren’t challenged the rest of the
way.

Game Notes

Miami has won seven in a row against Minnesota … The Heat have not lost
three games in a row since Jan of 2012 … Neither team shot the ball well
from outside. Miami made 4-of-18 attempts from 3-point range and Minnesota hit
5-of-22 … The Wolves shot a season-low 24-of-82 (29.3 percent) overall.