Last night, Norris Cole played the game of his life. And he had the chance to do it in front of his home state.
Cole, who is an Ohio native, played lights out the entire game. He started in place of Mario Chalmers, who was out for the night. He played a total of 43 minutes in the game, a season high. From the start it was obvious that Cole was the team’s leader for the night.
Everything was going well for the Heat until the second year player out of Cleveland State was fouled with fourteen seconds left in the game. Cole went up to the line and missed both free throws.
This meant that it was time for the Heat to step their defense up, and they most definitely did. With everyone knowing that Kyrie Irving was going to have the ball for the last shot, Cole was put up to guard against him. Kyrie pulled up for a shot with four seconds left in the game, but it was greatly contested by Cole. He came up with the steal and dribbled the ball up court to shed the remaining time off of the clock. Cole finished the game with a near triple double, being only an assist shy of the feat. His final stat line was 16 points, 11 rebounds, 9 assists, 1 block, and 1 steal for the night.
The final score was Cleveland 95, Miami 96. This win gave Miami their 65th win of the season.
Follow us on Twitter: @BigPlayTweets
Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/BigPlayNation