The Morning After: Norris Cole Steals The Show In Miami

Every morning, we’ll have a look at the previous night’s action in a round up of recaps and reactions from around the web.

The Big Headline

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade powered the Miami Heat to a huge first half lead, but Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo led a second half comeback.  The difference, though, was rookie Norris Cole who scored six of his 20 points, and had a key steal of a Boston in-bounds play, in the final 1:31.  Meanwhile, out west, the LA Lakers got their first win of the season by pounding on the Utah Jazz.

The Big Performer

Kevin Love had 31 points on 6-18 fg and 19-24 ft to go along with 20 rebounds (9 offensive). 

The Big Highlights

Dwyane Wade and LeBron connect… again.

Kobe Bryant crosses Raja Bell over, jumps off the wrong foot, and finishes

The Big Game

Heat 115 – Celtics 107

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MIA:  LeBron James – 26 pts, 6 reb, 5 ast.  Dwyane Wade – 24 pts, 8 ast, 4 blocks
BOS:  Ray Allen – 28 pts (6-8 3pt), Rajon Rondo – 22 pts, 12 ast, 8 reb – The Voice Of Boston Celtics Fans via kwout

Cole Delivers Heat Win Over Celtics | December via kwout

The Rest Of The Games

Lakers 96 – Jazz 71
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Kobe Bryant’s 26 and Pau Gasol’s 22 fuel Lakers to blowout win for their first W of the season

Trailblazers 101 – Kings 79
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LaMarcus Aldridge and Gerald Wallace combined for 49 points and 16 rebounds as the Blazers cruised

Bucks 98 – Timberwolves 95
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Brandon Jennings had 24 points and 7 assists to lead four Bucks in double figures as the Bucks overcame Kevin Love’s 31 point, 20 rebound night

Hawks 106 – Nets 70
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Six Hawks hit double figures as the Hawks stormed out to a 17 point first quarter lead, that grew to 22 by halftime.