Are the Miami Heat on their way to the first three-peat since the Chicago Bulls in 1996-98? There’s still a lengthy road ahead, but they’re off to a strong start with a 99-88 win over the Charlotte Bobcats in Game 1. Surprisingly, Charlotte held their own against the Big Three throughout the first three quarters of play, but the Heat were able to ride the momentum of an 18-4 run to defeat the Bobcats for the 17th straight game. LeBron James led the way with 27 points and 9 boards, while D. Wade added 23 and 5 assists. They’ll meet again on Wednesday at 7:00 Eastern.
Later in the night, the Portland Trailblazers picked up a grueling 122-120 OT road win against the Houston Rockets. Damian Lillard stepped up with some truly clutch play, finishing with 31 points and 9 rebounds and the Blazers squeaked by. Down low, LaMarcus Aldridge took care of business as usual with a massive 46 point, 18 rebound double-double. His 46 points set a Blazers franchise record, and there may very well have been another feat recorded as four players fouled out of the close contest.
Find out the best shoes from these match-ups, as well as Washington vs. Chicago and Dallas vs. San Antonio, after the break.
Riley Jones is a freelance writer from Charlottesville, VA and a contributor to Sneaker Report. With an unshakable affinity for basketball and all things pop culture, he can be found on Twitter @rchrstphr.