Dwyane Wade studied the sheet of paper in front of him, wondering if there was a mistake.
“Is this first-half stats?’’ Wade asked. “Nine shots?’’
“That’s the whole game,’’ LeBron James answered.
Wade doesn’t need to shoot much anymore, not since James and Chris Bosh joined him to form a potential powerhouse in Miami.
James scored 20 points, Bosh and Wade were close behind, and the Heat ended the New Jersey Nets’ unbeaten start with a 101-78 victory yesterday in Newark, N.J.
Bosh finished with 18 points and Wade added 17, both getting most of them in Miami’s dominant first half before sitting out the fourth quarter.
“The balance is what we are here together for, to have an opportunity to make the game easy on everyone and we’re doing it,’’ Wade said. “We’re playing great team basketball and we’re still not where we want to be, but we’re making sure everyone gets an opportunity.’’
Miami shot 68 percent in the first half, when its Big Three combined for 41 points — one fewer than New Jersey — and the stats only lowered when the reserves took over toward the end.
Bosh was 8 of 10 from the field, determined to be more aggressive after he struggled in two of Miami’s first three games.
Brook Lopez scored 20 points and rookie Derrick Favors had 13 points and 13 rebounds in the Nets’ first loss this season before new owner Mikhail Prokhorov, who watched his third game this week before heading back to Russia.
Lakers 107, Warriors 83 — Pau Gasol had 26 points and 12 rebounds, Kobe Bryant added 20 points and host Los Angeles kept up its unbeaten start to the season by trouncing Golden State.
Lamar Odom had 16 points and 14 rebounds for the Lakers, who easily improved to 3-0 with their 10th consecutive win over their upstate rivals.
Los Angeles outrebounded Golden State, 55-42, and held a comfortable double-digit lead throughout the second half, with the Lakers’ starters continually outrunning the Warriors at their own uptempo game.
Monta Ellis scored 20 points for the Warriors. Golden State played without guard Stephen Curry, who aggravated his sprained right ankle Friday.
Jazz 120, Thunder 99 — Paul Millsap had 30 points and 16 rebounds, Deron Williams added 16 points and 15 assists, and visiting Utah avoided matching its worst start in 31 years by beating Oklahoma City.
Al Jefferson notched his first double-double since joining the Jazz in an offseason trade, putting up 23 points and 10 rebounds.
The Jazz haven’t started 0-3 since the 1979-80 season, the franchise’s first in Utah. Instead, they snapped Oklahoma City’s season-opening two-game win streak behind a strong push in the middle of the game when they outscored the Thunder, 40-13. Kevin Durant led Oklahoma City with 29 points and Russell Westbrook scored 22.
Mavericks 99, Clippers 83 — Jason Kidd ended the first half with a 65-foot heave from inside the 3-point arc at the opposite end, Caron Butler scored 17 points, and Shawn Marion had 10 of his 12 points in the fourth quarter, leading Dallas past host Los Angeles.