Heat Check: Miami rolls to efficient win over Suns

MIAMI — The Miami Heat have had more productive games from behind the 3-point line, though several long-distance baskets proved timely on Monday night.

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade again led the way as Miami earned a 107-92 victory against the Phoenix Suns at AmericanAirlines Arena. James had 35 points and Wade 21 to help the Heat (11-3) win a seventh straight game and 10 of 11.

Shane Battier’s two 3-pointers and James’ 5 points fueled an 11-2 run that turned a tie score into a 73-64 Heat lead with four minutes left in the third quarter.

Ray Allen (17 points) then sank two 3-pointers during a 22-second span to give Miami a 14-point cushion with 9:56 left in the fourth.

That basically ended Phoenix’s night.

The Heat sank seven of 22 from behind the arc overall.

James had 11 points in the third quarter as the Heat opened a 79-71 advantage.

Wade scored 13 points to help Miami grab a 50-47 halftime lead. James added 12, including a 3-pointer with 0.6 seconds left.

Chris Andersen had a productive half, with 8 points, three rebounds and a block in 10:23. Two of his baskets were dunks after nifty passes from LeBron and Wade, respectively.

Chris Bosh missed all four field-goal attempts and had 3 first-half points in time (13:37) limited to foul trouble.

Norris Cole started for point guard Mario Chalmers, who sat with what Erik Spoelstra called a hip flexor. Cole only had 2 points (1 of 6) but added four rebounds and three assists.

The turning point

The Heat never looked back after the 11-2 third-quarter run that turned a tie score into a 73-64 advantage. Phoenix pulled within 73-71 with 2:35 left in the quarter, but Miami closed with a six consecutive points — 4 by James, 2 by Andersen.

The difference maker

LeBron James had 11 of his 23 second-half points in the third quarter, when hit three of four shots, sank all five free throws and had four rebounds.

Stat of the game

LeBron James hit 11 of 14 shots and all 11 free throws.

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What’s next

The Heat will play the Cavaliers at Cleveland 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. It’s the first game — Toronto on Friday — of a two-game road trip.

Charlie McCarthy can be reached at mac1763@bellsouth.net or on Twitter @mccarthy_chas.