Chris Bosh sparks Heat’s comeback win over Bobcats
MIAMI — It’s known as “the shooter’s roll.”
The ball bounces off the rim … again … and again … and again … and finally falls through the hoop.
Chris Bosh was the beneficiary of such ball movement on a 3-point try with 2:39 left in the fourth quarter Sunday night against the Charlotte Bobcats.
On the first three bounces, the Miami Heat remained down five after having trailed by as many as 14 less than seven minutes earlier.
“It hit every part of the arena,” Dwyane Wade said of the basketball on Bosh’s shot.
“We basically sat on the ground (waiting) for it to go in,” LeBron James said.
Fortunately for the Heat, it did go in to cut Charlotte’s lead to 89-87.
“When it hit the front rim, I was like, ‘No! Yes! No! Yes!’ ” Bosh said. “It was kind of one of those issues, but it went in. We were right back in the game and we able to keep doing it.”
During the next 78 seconds, Bosh sank two more 3-pointers — no shooter’s roll needed. The baskets closed his streak of 13 straight Miami points and gave the Heat a 93-91 edge with 1:20 on the clock.
Mario Chalmers’ dunk with 23.5 seconds virtually secured the victory by building a four-point lead.
But make no mistake, Bosh was the difference with the type of performance he had been failing to produce of late.
The third member of Miami’s Big Three had scored single digits in each of his previous three games. He hadn’t scored 20 or more in a game since a Nov. 9 home loss to Boston.
“We were winning games, so there was no reason to get frustrated because everybody plays a part in this performance,” Bosh said. “I’m happy for the other guys if they are able to fill in a void that I wasn’t able to fill that night. That is the only stat that I care about, and that’s winning.”
And that’s a stat Miami has been growing. The Heat have won 10 straight and 13 of 14.
Before Sunday’s game, coach Erik Spoelstra was asked if anything special would be done to try and help Bosh break out after shooting 29 percent (7 of 24) through the previous three games.
“Chris will be fine,” Spoelstra said. “I’m not overreacting to it. I’m not going to come out with a play call sheet.”
No sheet was needed as Bosh took six shots (hitting three) and scored 7 points in the first quarter. Then he closed with the late hot streak.
“All those shots came off the offense,” Wade said. “It was nothing we ran for him.”
Errant shooting was not the only reason for Bosh’s low recent production. He also found foul trouble in several games, most notably at Charlotte on Nov. 16 (playing little more than 15 minutes) and at Toronto on Friday night (fouling out).
“There’s nothing you can do about it,” Bosh said. “Sometimes if you’re caught up in that last call, you’re not concentrating on what else you have to do.
“I just keep playing hard and control what I can control.”
And he gladly accepts the occasional “shooter’s roll.”