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  • 04.20.11

Chemistry At Work

It’s one play in a season of thousands, but former Chicago Bull Steve Kerr sees this Eddie House game winner as a sign of Miami’s emerging teamwork.

Chemistry At Work

1. Trailing 103 — 102 with 30 sec-onds to go against Oklahoma City on January 30th, Wade, who has had the hot hand all game, misses a short jumper. Mike Miller grabs the ball and fires it out beyond the three-point arc to James.

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2. James rises as if preparing to launch the ball. The Heat needs a win, and the team has struggled with this very scenario: deciding who shoots in crunch time. Four of its recent losses were by five points or less.

3. Having drawn a defender close, James passes to his right, where Eddie House is waiting. Critics later question James’s reluctance to take the critical shot. But this is House’s role: to come off the bench and fire the three-pointer.

4. House launches the ball without hesitation. Nothing but net. The Heat wins 108 — 103. “That’s the kind of play you love as a coach,” says Kerr. “Unselfishness, trust, teamwork — it’s all there… . I’ll be shocked if they don’t win multiple titles in the next six to eight years.”

About the author

Chuck Salter is a senior editor at Fast Company and a longtime award-winning feature writer for the magazine. In addition to his print, online and video stories, he performs live reported narratives at various conferences, and he edited the Fast Company anthologies Breakthrough Leadership, Hacking Hollywood, and #Unplug.

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