chris bosh

Chris Bosh hadn’t started a game since May 13 and hadn’t recorded a double-double since April 16. By the end of the first half on Thursday night, those uncharacteristically long streaks had ended.

Heat coach Erik Spoelsta, stubbornly keeping his lineup secret pregame, finally pulled the expected trigger, inserting the seven-time All-Star into the starting lineup.

Bosh rewarded that trust, grabbing 10 points and 10 rebounds in the first half, en route to a 16-point, 15-rebound effort.

“I kind of put it in my mind that I knew that I had to really give the effort that I had been giving before, whether I was ready or not,” Bosh said. “Fortunately things went well for us, it went well for me individually.”

– Reported by Anthony Slater of the Oklahoman