Miami, a big time basketball town
caines | 2/14/2013, 4:30 a.m.
What an incrediblefeeling basketball fans in South Florida were able to experience this past weekend. LastFriday the Miami Heat hosted the highlight reel that is Blake Griffin, Chris Paul and the LA Clippers. The nationally televised game drew extensive media coverage to see what was supposed to be a matchup of two of the NBA's elite teamsand a possible finals preview. Instead it turned into another showcase game for LeBron James who turned in a stellar performance with 30 points on just 11 shots as the Heat crushed the Clippers 111-89, the game was not even that close. The following day we all experienced the perfect storm that has been brewing in Coral Gables for some time now. Coach Jim Larranaga and the then 8th ranked Miami Hurricanes continued a magical season so far by blowing away traditional ACC powerhouse North Carolina 87-61 behind some sensational shooting from sophomore point guard Shane Larkin. The win improved UMto 10-0 in the ACCand they became the first team to beat Dukeand North Carolina in the same season by 25 points since the ACC formed in 1953. The win was especially gratifying since Miami Heat stars Dwayne Wade, LeBron James and James Jones were among those in the frenzied Bank United Center enjoying all the action. The Hurricanes have been dominant this season and experts think this team has a legitimate chance to go all the way just like Miami's other team, the Heat. Speaking of the Heat, they put the icing on the cake of a perfect hoops weekend for South Florida by dismantling the LA Lakers on Sunday 107-97 as Dwayne wade scored 30 points but he was an after thought. The story has been LeBron James' stretch of greatness over his past five games. With his 32-point effort against the Lakers, James became the first player in NBA history to record five consecutive 30-point games while also shooting 60 percent. He also became the first player in Heat history to score at least 30 points in five games in a row. Both the Miami Heat and the Miami Hurricanes have been destroying the competition. South Florida it seems has come full circle, this is now a basketball town. Let us all enjoy the ride. The Sports Brothers, Jeff Fox & Ed Freeman, can be heard daily on 560 WQAM Sports.