Chris Bosh was as emphatic in the huddle as he was when he drained arguably the most dramatic shot of the Miami Heat's season.

"I just told him I wanted to go for the jugular," Bosh related in the wake of Saturday's 108-107 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers at the Moda Center, a victory over the best of the NBA's West achieved in the injury absence of Heat forward LeBron James.

On a night the Trail Blazers were draining their trademark 3-pointers, a night Portland forward LaMarcus Aldridge was making the turnaround jumpers only he can make, a night when Heat guard Dwyane Wade was uneven with his play, Bosh decided enough was enough.

So with the Heat down 107-105 with 7.7 seconds to play after a pair of free throws by Blazers forward Nicolas Batum, Bosh nodded as coach Erik Spoelstra drew up a play for Bosh jumper.

And then he interjected.