Heat's Message: Nothing's Changed

Heat's Message: Nothing's Changed

Playoffs in December? The holiday monochromatic uniforms said otherwise.

   The early technical fouls on LeBron James and Kevin Durant, though, spoke volumes.

   As did Shane Battier's fourth-quarter chase-down foul on Russell Westbrook and Dwyane Wade's ensuing double-technical faceoff with Serge Ibaka.

Last season's championship chase began for the Miami Heat with a Christmas Day blowout of the defending champion Dallas Mavericks.

   This season's wakeup call may also have come on Christmas Day, with this 103-97 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Heat finally finding their motivation after two months of home games, shorthanded opponents, and, frankly, minimal effort required to rise to the top of the Eastern Conference.

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