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Miami Heat increases security after turning up star power with LeBron James

The Three Basketeers took their first step toward going 81-1, beating the 76ers 97-87 on Wednesday night in Philadelphia in the second game of the LeBron James-Dwyane Wade-Chris Bosh era.

They've had a little extra company in their first two games of the season, both on the road. After dramatically amping up its superstar wattage, Miami has increased security, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel. The Heat, Ira Winderman reported, arrived at TD Garden for Tuesday night's season opener against the Boston Celtics with a four-member security team.

And that's not likely to be decreased. NBA security, not surprisingly, is circling Dec. 2 on its calendar. That's when LeBron James returns to Cleveland for his first game since joining the Heat this summer. You'll recall that Cavs owner Dan Gilbert was outspoken in and fined for his criticism of James after he left and the league reportedly already has spoken with the Cavs. Quoting an NBA official who requested anonymity because of the NBA's policy of confidentiality on security, said "I'd bet there will be" a league security staff in Cleveland beyond regular-season protocol.

On Wednesday night, the Big Three fared better than in their opener: Wade had 30 points, James 16 and Bosh 15.

"We're not at our peak, we're not even close," Wade said. "Eventually when it's time to be there, we will."

They'll have company.

By Cindy Boren  | October 28, 2010; 10:07 AM ET
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