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The Miami Heat leaned on LeBron James in their most recent victory, and they may have to do so again with Dwyane Wade and Mario Chalmers nursing injuries.
Wade and Chalmers may not play when Miami closes out its six-game road trip Saturday night against a Phoenix Suns team it dominated two weeks ago.
With Wade out with a sprained left foot and Chalmers leaving in the first quarter with a strained right triceps, James had 27 points, 12 assists and seven rebounds to help the Heat (7-3) beat Denver 98-93 on Thursday.
James hit 11 of 23 shots and recorded his eighth double-double of the season.
“I just tried to go to another level,” James said. “I just tried to find a little bit of energy to help our team win the ballgame and fortunately I was able to do that.”
How much of the burden he’ll have to shoulder Saturday remains to be seen. Though neither Wade’s nor Chalmers’ injuries seem serious, they may keep each from playing for at least one more game.
James seems to be feeling a bit under the weather, too. He had an ice pack on his shoulder following Thursday’s win and took to Twitter early Saturday morning mentioning he’s not feeling well.
“Hate feeling like this. The bug is going around,” James tweeted, also writing he had a headache and stomach ache.
By JEFF BARTL