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Chalmers had no more than eight assists in any regular-season game last season, and no more than nine in any playoff game. Entering the season, he had only three double-digit assist games for his career.
He's got five now.
"It starts with the point guard," James said. "Rio got everybody involved, got his assist total up tonight, and we just tried to make shots for him."
Miami raced to a quick 10-2 lead, setting the tone. The Heat have reached 119 points in all three of their home games -- the first time they've done that since James, Wade and Bosh teamed up to play in Miami over the summer of 2010. They didn't have to play big minutes to get there, however: No Miami starter played more than 30 minutes against the Suns.
Through three quarters, Wade, James and Bosh combined to shoot 26 for 39. The Suns, as a team, were 26 for 68 at that point -- and needed a shot by Shannon Brown from near midcourt as the third-period buzzer expired just to match the field-goal total by Miami's "Big Three."
The lead reached as many as 30 in the fourth.
"They worry about what's happening with their team, not with what's happening with individual stats," Suns coach Alvin Gentry said. "That in itself makes them great because they are virtually impossible to guard. We get in rotation against them they always try to find the open guy, and like I said, adding Ray Allen to the mix didn't hurt at all."
NOTES: James said after the game he will vote for President Barack Obama. James is a registered voter in Ohio, a key battleground state. The reigning NBA MVP did not participate in any rallies during Obama's campaign stops in South Florida, though he believes the president's camp is aware of his support. "It's a very important time for everyone. Everyone talks about having the right to vote. Don't talk about it. Go out and do it and let your voice be heard," James said. ... The game was played on the 24th anniversary of Miami's first NBA game, a 111-91 home loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. ... Allen has 62 points on 33 field-goal attempts with the Heat. ... Suns reserve center and former Miami player Jermaine O'Neal was not with Phoenix because of a family matter. ... Heat G Norris Cole banked one in from midcourt to end the first quarter, giving Miami a 34-25 lead. ... Heat G James Jones appeared in his 500th NBA game. ... Former Heat forward Michael Beasley scored seven points in 30 minutes for Phoenix.
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