If a preseason home win against the powerhouse Detroit Pistons means anything, then you might as well pencil the Miami Heat in as the greatest dynasty the NBA has ever seen. LeBron James and Chris Bosh joined forces with Dwyane Wade for their exhibition debut Tuesday, and it was nothing short of spectacular — for three minutes, that is. Wade lasted just 107 seconds before limping off with a strained hamstring, then watched his new teammates go to work in a 105-90 win in front of 19,600 fans.
James had 18 points, three boards, four assists and two blocks and Bosh finished with a game-high 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting. As far as theatrics go, James set up the big dinosaur for a dunk in the first, then ended the quarter with a two-handed jam off a Udonis Haslem screen. The King’s 27 minutes were one short of James Jones’ game-high, with Bosh chalking up 26 of his own.
Interestingly, LeBron’s former team started down it’s long, harrowing road Tuesday too, winning 97-82 at home against Charlotte. Jamario Moon did his best King James impression, scoring seven points and adding 10 rebounds, four blocks and three steals in 31 minutes. Antawn Jamison gave a glimpse at the type of team leader he’ll be, scoring four points on 1-of-9 shooting.
As for our beloved Raptors, they’re in Vancouver Wednesday to face the Phoenix Suns, led by star forward Hedo Turkoglu, in their preseason opener. After games in Boston and Chicago on Sunday and Tuesday, they’ll be at Air Canada Centre for their first home game on Wednesday.