Miami Heat News
4-11-16: Miami sent the American Airlines Arena crowd home happy, as the Heat defeated the Orlando Magic, 118-96, on Sunday in the Heat’s final home game of the 2015-16 regular season. Luol Deng scored a team-high 20 points, and Hassan Whiteside started and registered a double-double with 18 points and 15 rebounds.
3-29-16: Miami continued its success on Monday with its 110-99 victory over the visiting Brooklyn Nets. Dwyane Wade’s 30 points were a game high on Monday, and it was his second game-high scoring performance in the team’s last four games. Hassan Whiteside’s 26 points led all scorers in Friday’s 108-97 victory over the visiting Orlando Magic.
3-14-16: The Heat had a great start to March, as the team won its first four games of the month to extend its winning streak to five games. However, Miami dropped Wednesday’s game in Milwaukee and Saturday’s contest in Toronto. On the bright side Hassan Whiteside was the game-high rebounder in each of the last three games, and he had 16 boards in Miami’s 118-96 victory on Friday.
2-29-16: January 22 was the last day in which Miami has had a losing streak of more than two games. The Heat bounced back from Wednesday’s six-point loss against the visiting Golden State Warriors and from Saturday’s loss in Boston to blow out the New York Knicks, 98-81, on Sunday. Dwyane Wade scored a game-high 26 points in the victory.
2-23-16: Dwyane Wade returned from a two-game absence on Monday, but shot horrendously against the Indiana Pacers. He made just four of his 21 shot attempts, but scored 16 points, which included eight made free throws. Behind Hassan Whiteside’s 19 points, game-high 18 rebounds and six blocks, the Chris Bosh-less Heat defeated the Indiana Pacers, 101-93, in overtime to win its third straight game.
2-16-16: Although Miami’s next game is February 19, the team has been making some news. Chris Bosh, who has scored double-digit points in each of his last 29 games, did not play in the All-Star Game due to a strained calf. Hassan Whiteside was suspended one game for Tuesday’s flagrant foul.
2-10-16: Chris Paul and LaMarcus Aldridge were too much for the Heat on Sunday and Tuesday, as Miami lost those contests by a combined 25 points. Although Miami has lost its last two games, the team’s record is still five games above .500 on the season. Before the two losses, the Heat won at Dallas and at Charlotte.
2-3-16: Miami extended its winning streak to four games on Sunday with a 105-87 victory against the visiting Atlanta Hawks behind a game-high 18 points from Chris Bosh. However, news broke on Monday that guard Tyler Johnson will undergo rotator cuff surgery on his left shoulder that will force him to miss more than two months. The Heat then lost, 115-102, to the Houston Rockets on Tuesday.
1-12-16: The Miami Heat have had the benefit of playing the majority of their games at home thus far, but have dropped their last two games on their current West Coast road trip. The trip continues with three more games this week against the Los Angeles Clippers, Denver Nuggets and Oklahoma City Thunder.
1-4-16: With back-to-back 20-point wins, the Miami Heat stay in third in the Eastern Conference standings behind only the Cleveland Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls. This week the Heat has four games against the Indiana Pacers, New York Knicks, Phoenix Suns and Utah Jazz.
12-28-15: It wasn’t pretty, but a Christmas Day win against the New Orleans Pelicans kept the Miami Heat in the upper half of the Eastern Conference standings at 18-11. This week the Heat play three games against the Brooklyn Nets, Memphis Grizzlies and Dallas Mavericks.
12-21-15: At 16-10, the Miami Heat are tied with the Indiana Pacers for the second spot in the Eastern Conference. Heading into the holiday week, the Heat play the Detroit Pistons before being featured on Christmas Day against the New Orleans Pelicans.
12-11-15: The Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls and Indiana Pacers are all tied up in the East with records of 12-8. Miami looks to create separation with two games this weekend against the Pacers and Memphis Grizzlies.
11-19-15: The Heat are trying to figure out things on the road, as five of their six wins have come at home. They’re still in the top half of the Eastern Conference and can look to push the envelope for a No. 1 seed if they ever start to figure things out.
11-13-15: The mixture of veteran players and youth from the NBA Draft is working nicely thus far for the Miami Heat (6-3). They’ve been playing their best basketball at home, where they have a 5-1 record and have won the first three games of their seven-game homestand.
11-5-15: As the Heat season goes on, they’re learning what they have in the first-round NBA Draft pick Justise Winslow. With a 3-2 start, the Heat are still tinkering with lineups to see how they can maximize the use out of their veterans and new players.
4-4-15: The Miami Heat are one step closer to the Eastern Conference playoffs after another strong week last week in the NBA. With another strong week last week the team found themselves with a 33-38 record that left them with the #7 seed in the Eastern Conference Playoffs if the season ended today. If the playoffs started today the team would face off against the #2 seeded Cleveland Cavaliers in the first round. The Heat started this week by making the trip out to Atlanta to face off with Paul Millsap and the Atlanta Hawks. During the game the Hawks were able to beat up on potentially one of the teams they would face in the first round of the playoffs when the team beat Miami by the final score of 99-86. The leading scorer in the contest was DeMarre Carroll who had 24 points for Atlanta while Paul Millsap added 21 points in the victory for the Hawks. Meanwhile the scoring attack for the Heat was led by 17 points from Luol Deng while Dwyane Wade added 13 points but it was not enough in the loss for Miami. For the next Miami contest the team returned home to play host to Andre Drummond and the Detroit Pistons. During the contest Andre Drummond had a career night for the Pistons but received little help from his supporting cast in a 109-102 loss to the Miami Heat. The leading scorer in the contest was Dwyane Wade, not Drummond, who had 40 points while Haslem grabbed 13 rebounds in the victory for Miami. Meanwhile Drummond did all he could for Detroit scoring 32 points and grabbing 14 rebounds but it was not enough in the loss for the Pistons. For Miami’s next contest the team stayed at home to play host to Tony Parker and the San Antonio Spurs. During the contest the tough Spurs defense held Miami to just 81 points total including no more than 22 in a single quarter in a relatively easy 95-81 victory for San Antonio. The leading scorer in the contest was Kawhi Leonard who had 22 points for San Antonio while Tim Duncan added 11 rebounds in the victory for the Spurs. Meanwhile the Miami scoring attack was led by Goran Dragic who had 19 points and three assists for the Heat while Andersen added 10 rebounds in the loss for Miami. For the final game of the week for the Miami Heat the team made the trip to Cleveland to see an old face when they played LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. During the game the Cavaliers sent a message to the team they look likely to face in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs when Cleveland beat Miami convincingly 114-88. The leading scorer in the contest was LeBron James who had 23 points and seven assists while Thompson added 15 rebounds in the victory for the Cavaliers. Meanwhile the Miami scoring attack was led by Luol Deng who had 17 points and eight rebounds but it was not enough in the loss for the Heat. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 34-41. Get your tickets for next week as the team plays a pair of road games against the Detroit Pistons and the Indiana Pacers before returning home to play host to the Charlotte Hornets and the Chicago Bulls.
3-31-15: The Miami Heat are still part of the 2015 NBA playoff picture this season despite losing both Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade for extended periods this season. If the season ended today the Heat would be the #7 seed with a 31-36 record and would travel to Cleveland to take on the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first round. The Heat started this week by staying at home in Miami to play host to Ty Lawson and the Denver Nuggets. During the game the Heat dominated on the board and shot 52% from the field as a team in a 108-91 rout of the Denver Nuggets. The leading scorer in the contest was Dwyane Wade who had 22 points for Miami while Goran Dragic added 18 points in the victory for the Heat. Meanwhile the scoring attack for the Nuggets was led by 20 points from Kenneth Faried but it was not enough in the loss for Denver. For Miami’s next contest the team made the trip to Oklahoma City to try and stop Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder. During the game Russell Westbrook logged his 10th triple-double of the season while the Thunder held the Heat to just 75 points in a 93-75 victory for Oklahoma City. Westbrook had 12 points, 10 rebounds and 17 assists while Enes Kanter added 27 points and 12 rebounds in the victory for the Thunder. Meanwhile the Miami scoring attack was led by Hassan Whiteside who led the Heat with 13 points but it was not enough in the loss. For Miami’s next contest the team made the trip out to Boston to face off with Isaiah Thomas and the Boston Celtics. For Miami’s next contest the team made the trip out to Milwaukee to face off with Khris Middleton and the Milwaukee Bucks. During the game the Bucks staged an epic fourth quarter comeback against the Heat that included holding Miami to just nine points in the final quarter and hitting a buzzer beating shot to win the game by the final score of 89-88. Khris Middleton hit the dagger of a shot for Milwaukee after Ilyasova led the charge with 19 points and 11 rebounds in the victory for the Bucks. Meanwhile the scoring attack for Miami was led by Dwyane Wade who had 21 points while Hassan Whiteside grabbed eight rebounds in the shocking loss for the Heat. During the game the Heat poured it on early and often and handed the Celtics a crushing 93-86 defeat as Boston looks to hold on to the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The leading scorer in the contest was Goran Dragic who had 22 points for Miami while Haslem added 12 rebounds in the victory for the Heat. Meanwhile the scoring attack for the Celtics was led by 16 points from Crowder but it was not enough in the tough loss for Boston. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 33-38. Get your tickets for next week as the team travels to Atlanta to face off with the Atlanta Hawks before returning home to Miami to play host to the Detroit Pistons and the San Antonio Spurs. The team then finished their week off back out on the road in Cleveland when the team faces off with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
3-23-15: The Miami Heat have turned their attention away from the playoffs and now have their sights set on the NBA Draft Lottery and the 2015/2016 season. The team took another step in the wrong direction last week and currently sports a 29-35 record. The Heat started this week by making the trip to visit our neighbors from the north to face off against the Toronto Raptors. During the contest the Heat were held to just 63 points and were unable to complete a fourth quarter comeback in a 102-92 loss to the Raptors. The leading scorer for the contest was Dwyane Wade who had 25 points for Miami while Goran Dragic added 18 points but it was not enough in the loss for the Heat. Meanwhile the scoring attack for the Raptors was led by 19 points from Kyle Lowry while DeMar DeRozan added 18 points in the victory for Toronto. For Miami’s next contest they traveled back home to South Beach to play host to the Cleveland Cavaliers with LeBron James listed as a game time decision. During the game the Cavaliers had LeBron James in the lineup after he was a game time decision but it made little difference in a 106-92 loss to Miami. James did lead Cleveland in scoring with 26 points while Kyrie Irving added six assists but it was not enough in the loss for the Cavaliers. Meanwhile the scoring attack for the Heat was led by Dwyane Wade who had 32 points while Hassan Whiteside added 11 rebounds in the victory for Miami. For the Heat’s next contest the team made the trip back home to Miami to play host to LaMarcus Aldridge and the Portland Trail Blazers. During the game Portland came out of the gates firing on all cylinders before cooling off at the worst possible time in the second half. Miami took advantage of the Blazers taking their foot off the accelerator and came from behind to steal the game by the final score of 108-104. LaMarcus Aldridge led all scorers in the contest with 34 points but it was not enough in the loss for Portland. Meanwhile Dwyane Wade led the Miami scoring attack with 32 points while Hassan Whiteside grabbed 10 rebounds in the victory for the Heat. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 31-36. Get your tickets for next week as the team stays home to play host to the Miami Heat before setting out on the road to face off against the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Milwaukee Bucks and the Boston Celtics.
3-3-15: The Miami Heat come into the week fresh and rested up after the NBA All Star Week hoping to turn around one of the worst records in the NBA this season boasting a 22-30 record. The Heat started this week by traveling to New York to take on the New York Knicks. During the contest the Miami Heat lost Chris Bosh for the remainder of the season but still managed to blow out the Knicks by the final score of 111-87. The Knicks were shorthanded after waiving Amar’e Stoudemire and losing Carmelo Anthony for the season and were led by Langston Galloway’s 19 points in the loss. Meanwhile the Heat were led by 18 points from Shabazz Napier while Tyler Johnson added 14 points in the victory for Miami. The Heat looked to keep their winning streak alive in their next contest when the team stayed home in Miami to play host to the New Orleans Pelicans. During the contest the Pelicans used better free throw shooting and three point shooting to take down the Heat by the final score of 105-91. The newest member of the Pelicans Eric Gordon led the team in scoring while Omer Asik added 15 points in the victory for New Orleans. Meanwhile the Heat scoring attack was led by 20 points from Mario Chalmers and 19 points from Dwyane Wade but it was not enough in the loss for Miami. For the Heat’s next contest the team stayed at home in Miami to play host to the depleted and struggling Philadelphia 76ers. During the contest the Heat shot 55% from the field as a team and used a huge third quarter to beat the 76ers by the final score of 119-108. The Philadelphia scoring attack was led by Hollis Thompson who had 22 points while Nerlens Noel added 18 points but it was not enough in the loss for the 76ers. Meanwhile Luol Deng led all scorers in the game for Miami with 29 points while Goran Dragic added 23 points in the victory for the Heat. For the Heat’s next contest the team made the trip out to Orlando to face off with Nikola Vucevic and the rest of the Orlando Magic. During the contest Miami shot just 38% from the field and still forced an overtime period with the Orlando Magic. Orlando actually had a four point lead at halftime before giving the lead back to Miami in the second half. In the second half Miami took advantage of 21 points from Luol Deng to force the overtime and ultimately win the game by the final score of 93-90. The Orlando scoring attack was led by 26 points from Nikola Vucevic but the Magic seemed to run out of steam in the second half resulting in the loss for Orlando. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 25-31. Get your tickets for next week as the team travels to New Orleans to take on the New Orleans Pelicans before returning home to Miami to play host to the Atlanta Hawks, the Phoenix Suns and the Los Angeles Lakers.
2-20-15: The Miami Heat enters the NBA’s All Star Weekend with no much to cheer about as the team has posted one of the worst records in the NBA this season with a 22-30 record. The Heat started this week by
watching one of their own in Chris Bosh respresent the team in NBA All Star Weekend. During the
Shooting Stars Competition Chris Bosh led Dominique Wilkins and WNBA star Swin Cash to the finals to
defend their title with Bosh knocking down the half-court shot. In the final Team Bosh took out Team
Russell Westbrook by a very impressive 33 seconds to win their third consecutive Shooting Stars
Competition. The next night NBA All Star Weekend culminated with the playing of the 2014/2015 NBA
All Star Game. The All Star Game pit the best of the Eastern Conference against the best of the Western
Conference in a contest that defense was thrown out the window in lieu of loads of offense. These two
teams did not disappoint in the offensive department as these two teams combined for 321 points total
on the night inside Madison Square Garden. Leading the way for the Western Conference was Russell
Westbrook who had 41 points winning the MVP Award while James Harden added another 29 points for
the West. In the East the hometown hero Carmelo Anthony had 14 points in front of his home crowd
while LeBron James led the way with 30 points. It was not enough for Carmelo and LeBron in the contest
as the Western Conference once again showed its dominance in a 163-158 victory over the Eastern
Conference in the 2015 NBA All Star Game. When the week was all said and done the team finished with
an overall record of 22-30. Get your tickets for next week as the team travels to New York to take on the
New York Knicks before returning home to Miami to play host to the New Orleans Pelicans and the
Philadelphia 76ers. The team will then finish their week off back out on the road in Orlando when the team faces off with the Orlando Magic.
2-9-15: The Miami Heat came into the week still searching for some consistency after trading wins and losses for
much of the 2014/2015 season that left their overall record at 20-25. The Heat started this week by
staying at home in Miami to play host to Monta Ellis and the Dallas Mavericks. During the contest Miami
managed just 33% shooting from the field as a team which led to a 93-72 loss to the Mavericks. Miami’s
offensive attack was led by 16 points and 24 points from Hassan Whiteside while Chris Bosh struggled
and Dwyane Wade missed the game in the loss for the Heat. Meanwhile Dallas was led by 20 points
from Charlie Villanueva as the Mavericks easily dismantled the Heat in the victory. For the Heat’s next
contest the team made the trip to Boston to take on the Boston Celtics. During the contest Boston was
held to just 75 points as the Heat easily took down the struggling Celtics by the final score of 83-75.
Hassan Whiteside led the way for Miami in scoring with 20 points while Chris Bosh added 18 points in
the victory for the Heat. The Celtics attack was led by 17 points each from Tyler Zeller and Avery Bradley
but it was not enough in the loss for Boston. For the Heat’s next contest the team made the trip to
Detroit to take on the Detroit Pistons. During the game the Pistons exploded for 33 points in the first
quarter and 32 more in the third quarter to easily take down Miami by the final score of 108-91. DJ
Augustin led the way for the Pistons with 25 points and 13 assists while Andre Drummond pulled down
14 rebounds in the win for Detroit. Chris Bosh led all scorers for Miami with 34 points while Hassan
Whiteside added 10 rebounds but it was not enough in the loss to the Heat. For Miami’s next contest
the team made the trip to Minnesota to take on Andrew Wiggins and the Minnesota Timberwolves.
During the game the Heat exploded in the third quarter with 32 points taking seven point lead into the
fourth quarter but could not stop Kevin Martin. In the final quarter Minnesota came roaring back led by
Martin’s 30 point effort helped by Mo Williams’ 10 assists as the Timberwolves came from behind to
edge the Heat 102-101. Hassan Whiteside led Miami in scoring in rebounding with 24 points and 20
rebounds but it was not enough in the loss for the Heat. When the week was all said and done the team
finished with an overall record of 21-28. Get your tickets for next week as the team travels to San
Antonio to take on the San Antonio Spurs before returning home to Miami to play host to the New York Knicks. The Heat will then set out back on the road in Cleveland to finish their week out against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
1-29-15: The Miami Heat struggled once again last week dropping games and dropping their overall record to 17-22 on the 2014/2015 NBA season. The Heat started this week by packing their bags and traveling to
Sacramento to take on the Sacramento Kings. During the contest Sacramento only managed 43%
shooting from the field as a team as the Kings fell to the Miami Heat by the final score of 95-83. Miami’s
offensive attack was led by 30 points and 7 rebounds from Chris Bosh while Luol Deng added 25 points
in the victory for the Heat. The Kings attack was led by 17 points from DeMarcus Cousins but it was not
nearly enough in the loss for Sacramento. For Miami’s next contest the team stayed home in South
Beach to play host to Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder. During the contest the Thunder
survived an off night of shooting from both Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook to hold off the Heat by
the final score of 94-86. Durant led all scorers in the contest with 19 points and 8 assists while
Westbrook added 10 rebounds in the win for Oklahoma City. Meanwhile Miami’s offensive attack was
led by 18 points and 6 assists from Dwyane Wade while Chris Bosh added 7 rebounds but a sluggish
second half from the Heat kept them from winning the game against the Thunder. The Heat were back
out on the court the very next night in Charlotte when the team played a road game against the
Charlotte Hornets. During the contest the Hornets narrowly edges Miami despite a lackluster fourth
quarter shooting. Charlotte scored just 13 points in the fourth quarter but eventually held off the Heat
by the final score of 78-76. Kemba Walker led the way for Charlotte with 15 points while Kidd-Gilchrist
added 14 rebounds in the victory for the Hornets. Meanwhile Chris Bosh led the Heat’s offensive attack
with 17 points and 7 rebounds to lead all scorers but it was not enough in the loss for Miami. When the
week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 18-24. Get your tickets for next
week as the team stays home to play host to the Indiana Pacers before traveling to Chicago to take on
the Chicago Bulls. The Heat will then return home to Miami to finish their week off against the Milwaukee Bucks.
1-12-15: The Miami Heat came into the week reeling off another bad week that left their overall record on the season at 14-19. The Heat started this week by traveling to Houston to take on James Harden, Dwight Howard and the Houston Rockets. During the game the Rockets stingy defense held Miami to just 30 points in the second half in an easy 115-79 victory over the Heat. Houston’s attack was led by 28 points while Dwight Howard added 23 points in the Rockets victory. Meanwhile Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade each had 15 points for Miami but it was not enough in the loss for the Heat. Miami hoped for better results in their next contest when the team stayed home in South Beach to play host to the Brooklyn Nets. During the contest Miami came out of the locker room in the first quarter with a hot hand scoring 30 points as a team. The Heat’s defense was stingy as ever in the contest allowing just 59 points in the first three quarters to Brooklyn. The Nets attack was led by Joe Johnson’s 19 points but it was not enough as Chris Bosh and the Heat went on to narrowly beat the Nets by the final score of 88-84. The Miami Heat finished their week up with a road contest that took the team to Portland to take on the Portland Trail Blazers inside the Moda Center. During the contest the Heat jumped out to an early lead over first place Portland and even took a five point lead into the locker room at halftime. In the second half LeMarcus Aldridge, who finished with 24 points and 12 rebounds, led a second half comeback that included outscoring Miami by 17 in the third quarter to come from behind and win the game 99-83. Miami’s attack was led by 23 points from Dwyane Wade but it was not enough in the loss to the Trail Blazers. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 15-21. Get your tickets for next week as the team spends the week out on the road facing off with the Los Angeles Clippers, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Golden State Warriors.
1-2-15: The Miami Heat have traded wins and losses for much of the first two months of the 2014/2015 season which is evident by their 13-16 record to start the campaign. The Heat started this week by staying home in Miami to play host to one of the Western Conference’s best teams in the Memphis Grizzlies. During the contest the Heat played undisciplined basketball sending the Grizzlies to the line 37 times and had no answer for Mike Conley and Marc Gasol. Conley led all scorers for Memphis with 24 points while Gasol added 22 points and 10 rebounds in a 103-95 victory over Miami. The Heat’s attack was led by 25 points from Dwyane Wade but it was not enough in the loss to Memphis. The Heat hoped for better results in their next contest when the team stayed home in Miami to play host to the Orlando Magic. During the contest the two teams played each other tough in what turned out to be a close and comparable game. Both teams shot above 50% on the night and had comparable stats across the box score as the game came down to the final seconds. The score was tied entering the fourth quarter before Nikola Vucevic’s 26 points and 9 rebounds were just enough in a 102-101 victory over the Heat. The Heat hoped for better results in their final game of the week when the team traveled to Indiana to take on the Indiana Pacers. During the contest the Heat outshot the Pacers but Indiana used the three point line and the charity stripe to keep the game close. Indiana, led by 25 points from C.J. Miles, knocked down five more three point shots and 12 more free throws en route to a 106-95 victory over the Heat. Miami’s attack was led by Dwyane Wade’s 20 point night but it was not enough in the loss to Indiana. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 14-19. Get your tickets for next week as the team travels to Houston to take on the Rockets before returning home to play host to the Brooklyn Nets. Miami will then finish their week off back out on the road when the team takes on the Portland Trail Blazers inside Moda Center.
12-22-14: The Miami Heat have been trading wins and losses to start the 2014/2015 NBA season and currently sit in the middle of the pack with a 10-12 record. The Heat started this week by traveling to Utah to take on the Western Conference’s Utah Jazz. During the contest the Jazz had no answers for Dwyane Wade or Chris Bosh as the two combined for 51 points while the rest of their team shot a combined 50% from the field. Enes Kanter had 25 points for the Jazz in the contest but the team as a whole shot just 44% from the field in a 100-95 loss to the Heat. The Heat looked to keep their wining way going in their next contest when the team traveled to home to play host to the Chicago Bulls. During the contest the Bulls held the Heat to just 35% shooting with a strong defense that forced tough shots. Miami scored no more than 18 points in a quarter until the final quarter behind Luol Deng’s 17 points and 10 rebounds night. Chicago was led by Mike Dunleavy’s 22 points in an easy 93-75 victory over the Heat. Miami hoped for better results in their next contest when the team traveled to Brooklyn to take on the Brooklyn Nets. During the contest the Heat held Brooklyn to just 39% shooting from the field forcing tough shots all night long for the Nets. Dwyane Wade led all scorers in the contest with 28 points for Miami while Luol Deng added 18 points. Brooklyn’s attack was led by 21 points from Mason Plumlee but it was not enough is a Nets 95-91 loss to the Heat. The Heat looked to keep their momentum going in their next contest when the team stayed home in Miami to host the Utah Jazz. During the contest the Heat had trouble knocking down shots with much consistency on the night. Miami finished shooting just 39% from the field despite a whopping 42 points from Dwyane Wade. The Jazz shot much better as a team knocking down 53% of their shooting attempts les by 29 points from Gordon Hayward. Utah used their hotter hand to take down the Heat despite a big night from Wade by the final score of 105-87. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 12-14t.
12-15-14: The Miami Heat’s beginning to the 2014/2015 campaign has not exactly gone as planned as the team has started the season hovering right around the .500 mark with a 9-9 record. The Heat started this week by packing their bags and setting out on the road to face off with the Milwaukee Bucks. During the contest the Heat came out firing on all cylinders scoring 30 points in the first quarter before the home town Bucks took over. Milwaukee held the Heat 20 points in the second quarter and 35 points in the second half as the Bucks and Kendall Marshall started to run away with the contest. Marshall led all Bucks scorers with 20 points while Milwaukee took down Miami by the score of 109-85. Miami looked to return to their winning ways in their next contest when the team traveled to Memphis to take on the Memphis Grizzlies. During the contest Miami shot an impressive 49% from the field but the Grizzlies were that much better finishing with 59% shooting from the field. Memphis made things much worse on the Heat by knocking down 82% of their free throws while also having the hot hand from beyond the three point line. Dwyane Wade led all scorers in the contest for the Heat with 25 points but it was the Grizzlies forward Jon Leuer’s double-double that propelled Memphis to an easy 103-87 victory over Miami. The Heat looked to bounce back in their next contest when the team traveled to Phoenix to take on the Phoenix Suns on the road. During the contest the Suns made things difficult on themselves turning the ball over 23 times to Miami’s 12 turnovers. Miami took full advantage of the extra opportunities on the road shooting 54% for the game led by 34 points and nine rebounds for Chris Bosh. Marcus Morris did all he could for the Suns scoring 25 points while Gerald Green added 19 points but it was not enough in a 103-97 victory for the Heat. Miami finished their week off on the road when the team traveled to Denver to take on the Denver Nuggets. During the contest the Nuggets held down the Heat all game long with a strong defense as Miami managed to shoot just 37% from the field. The Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade duo for Miami managed just 24 points on a combined 9-27 shooting while just four Heat players scored in double figures. Meanwhile Denver’s scoring attack was led by 17 points from Wilson Chandler in a 102-82 victory over the Heat. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 10-12. The team travels to Utah to take on the Utah Jazz before coming back home to host the Chicago Bulls. Miami will then set back out onto the road to face off with the Brooklyn Nets before coming back home to finish the week off against the Utah Jazz.
12-5-14: The Miami Heat have been hanging out in the middle of the standings in the first five weeks of the 2014/2015 campaign as the team has posted just a 8-7 record to start the new season. The Heat started this week by traveling to New York and Madison Square Garden to face off with the struggling New York Knicks. During the contest the Knicks welcomed Carmelo Anthony back to the court and he responded scoring 31 points to lead all scorers while snatching nine rebounds. Once again the Knicks supporting cast was absent for much of the contest as the only other New York player to score in double figures was Amar’e Stoudemire who finished with 19 points in a 86-79 loss to the Heat. Miami also welcomed back Dwyane Wade after battling an injury for the better part of two weeks and enjoyed his 27 point outburst in the victory. The Heat and Wade were back at it again on the road in Washington in their next contest taking on the Washington Wizards. During the contest the duo of Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh carried much of the load offensively but had little help from their supporting cast in Miami. Mario Chalmers was the only other Heat player to score in double figures in the contest scoring 11 points while the Wizards out-shot Miami from the field and from beyond the arc. Washington was led by Rasual Butler’s 23 points as the Wizards went on to beat the Heat by the score of 107-86. The Heat finished their week off by heading back home to Miami to play host to the Atlanta Hawks while trying to end the week on a high note. During the contest each team rebounded the same amount of shots, turned the ball over the same amount of times and had just as many assists as one another in a very well played and comparable game between the two clubs. The team even had comparable free throw percentages and overall shooting percentages but the difference came from beyond the arc. The Hawks led by Jeff Teague and company knocked down twice as many three point shots as the Heat and Dwyane Wade as Atlanta went on to beat Miami by the score of 112-102. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 9-9.
11-28-14: The Miami Heat came out of the gates in the 2014/2015 season firing on all cylinders before losing Dwyane Wade to injury and losing a few games without him. After a month’s worth of games in the new campaign the Heat have posted a 6-6 record to start the season. The Heat started this week by traveling to Orlando to take on the Orlando Magic on the road. The Heat were still without Dwyane Wade in this contest but Chris Bosh more than picked up the scoring slack finishing with 32 points and 10 rebounds while Mario Chalmers added 24 points in a 99-92 victory for Miami. Orlando’s Nikola Vucevic did his part scoring 33 points and grabbing 17 rebounds but it was not enough in the loss for the Magic. In the Heat’s next contest the team traveled back home to host the Charlotte Hornets in Miami. This contest was decided on the free throw line and from beyond the arc as the Heat shot 90% from the charity stripe while knocking down 11 three point shots. The leading scorer for Miami was Loul Deng who had 26 points on the night while Chris Bosh and Mario Chalmers each added 20 points. Charlotte only knocked down seven three point shots while managing 75% from the free throw line as the Hornets fell to the Heat by the score of 94-93. The Heat looked to keep their winning ways going in their final game of the week as the team traveled home to host the Golden State Warriors in Miami. In Hassan Whiteside’s debut with the Heat his teammates enjoyed 26 points and 9 rebounds from Chris Bosh as he led the Miami offensive attack. The Warriors were even better as the team watched Stephen Curry break a personal cold streak scoring 40 points as Golden State went on to win the contest by the score of 114-97. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 8-7.
11-21-14: The Miami Heat entered the 2014/2015 season with expectations tempered a little after losing LeBron
James to free agency this summer. The team has responded without James by starting their campaign
with a 5-3 record this season. The Heat started this week by traveling to the Highlight Factory to take on
the Atlanta Hawks on the road. In the contest Atlanta shot an impressive 56% from the field while eight
different players scored in double digits for the Hawks. Meanwhile the Heat had just four players to
score in double digits including Chris Bosh in a game where Dwyane Wade did not play. The Hawks went
on to easily beat the Wade-less Heat by the score of 114-103. The Heat traveled back home for their
next contest to play host to the Milwaukee Bucks. In the game Milwaukee was led by 20 points from
Brandon Knight while five other Bucks players scored in double digits in the contest. Meanwhile the
Dwyane Wade-less Miami Heat were led by 18 points from Mario Chalmers but it was not enough as the
Bucks went on to beat the Heat by the score of 91-84. The Heat took that loss on the chin while looking
to improve before traveling to Brooklyn to take on the Brooklyn Nets in their next game. In the contest
the Nets had a cold night shooting from the field as the team shot just 41% from the field and scored no
more than 22 points in any of the four quarters. The Heat were still without Dwyane Wade in the
contest but Mario Chalmers picked up the slack in his absence scoring 22 points in a 95-83 victory for
Miami. Miami finished their week off back at home hosting the Los Angeles Clippers down in South
Beach. In the contest Chris Bosh tried to pick up the scoring slack for the Heat scoring 28 points but the
team could not overcome a rough first half shooting. The Heat managed just 15 points in the first
quarter and 40 points by halftime in a 110-93 loss to the Clippers. Los Angeles was led by 26 points each
from Blake Griffin and Chris Paul in the victory for the Clippers. When the week was all said and done
the team finished with an overall record of 6-6.
11-14-14: The Miami Heat had a decent start to their 2014/2015 campaign as the team posted a 3-2 record to start the new season The Heat started this week by hosting the Minnesota Timberwolves in a home game in South Beach. In the contest the Heat were led by 25 points from Dwayne Wade and 24 points from Chris Bosh as the heat went on to beat the Wolves easily by the score of 102-92. In the game the Wolves scoring attack was led by Nikola Pekovic’s 19 points but it was not enough for Minnesota in the loss. The very next night the Heat were in Dallas taking on a hot Dallas Mavericks team on the road. In the contest Luol Deng led all scorers with 30 points for the Heat while Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade each had 20 points as the Heat went on to win their second straight game by the score of 105-96. In the contest Monta Ellis scored 23 points for the Mavericks but it was not enough in the loss for Dallas. Miami looked to rebound from the loss as the team finished their week by hosting the Indiana Pacers at home. In the contest the Pacers were led by 17 points from Chris Copeland and a double-double from Roy Hibbert in an 81-75 victory over the Heat. Miami countered with 20 points from Dwayne Wade but the only other Heat player to score in double digits was Shawne Williams in the loss. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 5-3.
11-7-14: The Miami Heat started their 2014/2015 season off last week by hosting and beating the Washington
Wizards in their home opener to start the season with a perfect 1-0 record. With the 2014/2015 season
entering its first full week the Heat traveled to Philadelphia to take on the 76ers on the road.
Philadelphia then opened their home schedule up against the Miami Heat and once again the Sixers
defense was a no show as Chris Bosh led all scorers with 30 points as the Heat went on to beat the
Sixers by the score of 114-96. The very next night Miami was back at home hosting the Toronto Raptors
who had yet to lose a game in the young season. When Toronto traveled to Miami to take on Dwayne
Wade, Chris Bosh, and the Heat they found themselves immediately in a shootout. Chris Bosh led the
Heat with 21 points and 11 rebounds while 30 points from DeRozan was not enough in a 107-102 loss
for the Raptors, their first of the season. Miami was back at home to host the Houston Rockets as well
this week looking to start a winning streak. Chris Bosh, Shawne Williams, and Dwayne Wade executed
their plans offensively for Miami but the team had no answer for Houston’s offensive attack. Dwight
Howard and James Harden combined for 51 points for Houston as the Rockets pushed their perfect
record to 5-0 with a 108-91 victory over the Heat. Miami finished their week off by traveling to Charlotte
to play the Hornets on the road. In the game Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade once again led the scoring
attack for the Heat and once again their scoring output was not enough. Charlotte’s Al Jefferson and
Kemba Walker led the Hornets to a victory by the score of 96-89. When the week was all said and done
the team finished with an overall record of 3-2.
10-31-14: The Miami Heat tipped off the 2014-2015 season by facing off with the Washington Wizards at home after posting a 4-4 record in the postseason. Miami looked to be reeling after losing LeBron James among others this summer as the team lost their first four games before rallying to win the final four. Long time Heat player Dwayne Wade considered leaving this summer to play for the Chicago Bulls before ultimately returning to his home and his team in Miami. Chris Bosh also came back to Miami this season after expressing a desire to play for a more open offense. Bosh should get more scoring opportunities and shots with LeBron back in Cleveland with the Cavaliers. Bosh, Wade, and the Heat kicked off the season by hosting the Washington Wizards at home hoping that their winning ways in the preseason would carry over into the regular season. Bosh led the Heat’s scoring attach with 26 points while Norris Cole chipped in 23 points and Wade contributed 21 points in a 107-95 Miami victory.
10-29-14: Quite possibly the most distraught team in the NBA this season after losing LeBron to Cleveland, the Miami Heat will move forward on the aging legs of Dwyane Wade and will have to heavily rely on the increased leadership role of Chris Bosh. The team has experienced a relatively small drop in season average on the secondary market despite losing the best player on the planet, however. The average secondary market price for Heat tickets at home this season is $205.61, down 9.5% from last year’s average of $227.43. In typical fashion, the Heat will play their most expensive home game against the Cavaliers on Christmas Day, with an average price of $549.60 on the secondary market. That game will serve as the fourth most expensive game in the NBA this season.
10-24-14: The Miami Heat lost the most vital player in LeBron James to the Cavaliers in the offseason, but the other two pieces of the Big Three remain intact. Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh will look to propel the Heat back into the playoffs following a Finals loss to the Spurs. In addition to acquiring Luol Deng, rookie point guard Shabazz Napier has also had a terrific preseason for the team.
10-15-14: The Miami Heat have not gotten off to a great start this preseason losing their first four games they’ve played including two OT losses to the Orlando Magic and Cleveland Cavaliers respectively. Miami is coming off a 109-103 loss to Atlanta in their last outing as they now get ready to play the Golden State Warriors this Friday at the Sprint Center. Three more preseason games will follow with meetings with San Antonio, Houston, and Memphis before opening their regular season at home against the Washington Wizards on Oct 29.
10-8-14: The Miami Heat started their preseason with consecutive losses to the New Orleans Pelicans and Orlando Magic respectively. Six preseason games remain on the Miami Heat preseason schedule with an October 11 game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, and October 14th meeting against the Atlanta Hawks, an October 17 game with the Golden State Warriors, and the remaining preseason games against the Spurs, Rockets, and Grizzlies. Miami after four straight trips to the NBA Finals, will have to look forward to life after Lebron James as the Heat will look to prove to the basketball world that they remain a contender for the NBA title.
9-22-14: The Miami Heat took a serious blow this offseason with the departure of LeBron James. They will almost certainly be a worse team this year though they did sign lots of good pieces. Now Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade will lead the team with Luol Deng, Josh McRoberts, and Danny Granger. This team most likely will not be conferance or even division champions again but still can make the playoffs as a lower seed. Don’t count this team to still surprise and upset some come the playoffs.
8-13-14: The Miami Heat has made four consecutive NBA Finals but was dominated by the Spurs in 5 games this past season. Coming into this offseason, they lost the best player in the world as Lebron James after 4 years with the team opted to return home to Cleveland. However, the organization was able to sign Chris Bosh to a max deal and Dwayne Wade also resigned with the team. Miami was also able to add solid weapons with the addition of Luol Deng, Josh McRoberts, Danny Granger, and Shabazz Napier that could keep the Heat relevant in the Eastern Conference.
Miami Heat 2014 Draft Overview
Round 1, Pick 24, Shabazz Napier, PG, UConn (via trade with Charlotte Hornets)
6-13-14: Not many people expected to see the San Antonio Spurs blow out the Heat in Games 3 and 4 in Miami. For the first time since June 2012, LeBron James’s squad has lost consecutive playoff games. However, the NBA Finals are not over yet. The teams travel to San Antonio for Sunday’s Game 5. Although James scored only 28 points in Game 4, it was the most of any player that night, and he had a very strong third quarter. With Dwyane Wade struggling in Game 4, James will have to take the reins and dominate Game 5 in order for the Heat to get back in the series.
6-9-14: In the LeBron James era, Miami has been tremendous in games played after a loss. He has led the team to 12 consecutive wins after a loss in the playoffs, including Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals. After missing both Game 4 and Game 5, Chris Andersen was active in the 117-92 series-clinching victory. He had a very strong plus/minus against the Indiana Pacers in the playoffs. The Heat and Spurs make it the first NBA Finals rematch in back-to-back years since 1998. Unfortunately, the air conditioning went out in the AT&T Center midway through Game 1 of the Finals and LeBron had horrible cramps, leading to the Spurs’ 110-95 win.
6-2-14: Although Miami lost Game 5, the Heat took charge of the series with wins in Games 3 and 4. Behind a game-high 26 points from LeBron James and 23 points from Dwyane Wade, the Heat made a comeback to win by double digits. Although Chris Andersen sat out Monday’s Game 4, Rashard Lewis started and played well. In addition, Chris Bosh scored 25 points, his highest-scoring game of the 2014 playoffs. James once again led all players in scoring with 32 points in Game 4 as the Heat won, 102-90. After the Game 5 loss, Miami heads home to try to finish the series.
5-27-14: Dwyane Wade scored a game-high 27 points, but that performance was not enough as the Heat fell by 11 points in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals. With this loss, Miami trailed in a postseason series for the first time in 2014. LeBron James also chipped in 25 points and 10 rebounds in Game 1. James kept it going in Game 2 as he put up 22 points, seven rebounds, six assists, three blocks and two steals. The Heat went on a 10-0 run to grab the lead, and Wade had another strong fourth quarter. Miami won Game 2, 87-83.
5-19-14: Miami made it look easy in its five-game second-round series against the Brooklyn Nets. The games were close, but the Heat held the upper hand and continued to dominate the Nets in the playoffs. Although Brooklyn swept the Heat during the regular season, LeBron James took over during the postseason. He put up game-highs in points in each of the first four games of the series. James helped the Heat bounce back from a loss in Game 3 by scoring a game-high 49 points in Miami’s Game 4 victory. Then, the Heat closed out the series in Miami after Ray Allen made a go-ahead 3-pointer with 32 seconds remaining.
5-12-14: The rest sure helped Miami to begin its second-round series with the Brooklyn Nets. The Nets were in a seven-game battle with the Toronto Raptors while the Heat swept the Charlotte Bobcats. LeBron James’s thigh contusion is almost fully healed, and he put up a game-high 22 points in both Game 1 and Game 2. With those points, James became the youngest player in NBA history to reach 4,000 points in the playoffs. Both of the contests between the Heat and Nets were double-digit Miami wins. In the second game, the Heat defense held Deron Williams scoreless for the first time in his postseason career.
5-5-14: Miami made it easy in the first round, as it was the only 2014 NBA team to win a series in the minimum number of games. After the Charlotte Bobcats fought hard in Games 1 and 2 at American Airlines Arena, the Heat won each of the final two contests of the series by double digits. If this first-round series had an MVP, it definitely was LeBron James, who was the game-high scorer in all four contests. In addition, he continued his streak of dominating performances at Time Warner Cable Arena with 30 points in Game 3 and 31 points in Game 4.
4-28-14: Heat coach Erik Spoelstra announced that Dwyane Wade would not be on a minutes restricted in the playoffs after playing just 54 games during the regular season. Through the first two contests of the Heat’s series with the Charlotte Bobcats, Wade is averaging 19 points in 34 minutes per game. In Game 1, Miami defeated the Bobcats by 11 points, and LeBron James moved past Larry Bird for eighth place on the NBA’s all-time postseason scoring list. Then in Game 2, James stepped up his scoring and led all players at the American Airlines Arena that night with 32 points. Chris Bosh also matched his career-high with four 3-pointers in Game 2.
4-21-14: Erik Spoelstra rested LeBron James and a few other players in the final two games of the regular season, but that came after a frustrating start to April. While Miami defeated the Milwaukee Bucks in the Heat’s first game of the month, LeBron James and company did not fare so well afterwards. Although he led the team in scoring in each of the next six games, they dropped four of them. However, James is happy that his team landed in the second spot in the 2014 playoffs. Since he took his talents to South Beach four years ago, Miami is 15-0 against the Charlotte Bobcats.
4-16-14: Miami Heat playoff tickets average $227 on the secondary market, which is 3rd in the eastern conference, and 4th overall. The regular season average was $233, meaning there is a 2% decrease from the regular season. The Heat are currently in the 2nd seed in the East and are set to face the 7th seeded Bobcats.
4-7-14: Even with Dwyane Wade sitting out the entire week, Miami is rounding into form as the season is coming to a close. LeBron James’ team won all four of its games this past week. On Friday, James made up for Wade’s absence by recording a triple-double as the Heat defeated the Detroit Pistons, 110-78. Miami swept the back-to-back set by beating the Milwaukee Bucks, 88-67. Then, on Monday, the Heat moved percentage points ahead of the Indiana Pacers with the win over the Toronto Raptors. LeBron James scored a game-high 32 points that night. The Heat made it a perfect week with another win over the Bucks.
4-1-14: Miami has experienced some struggles this March. With two more losses this past week, LeBron James’ team is now 5-8 in its last 13 games as it continues to alternate wins and losses. On Friday, the Heat defeated the Memphis Grizzlies by five points, but lost on the second night of the back-to-back. Anthony Davis dominated that contest as the New Orleans Pelicans won by double digits. Then on Monday, James scored a game-high 32 points and made a go-ahead layup with 11.4 seconds remaining to lift the Heat past the Portland Trail Blazers, 93-91. However, James’ game-high 38 points were not enough on Wednesday as the Heat fell by one point at Indiana.
3-24-14: This could be the beginning of the Heat’s resting period before the playoffs begin. Miami has struggled recently and its chances of overtaking the Indiana Pacers for first place in the Eastern Conference are low. On Friday, Ray Allen put up 22 points, but the Heat lost to the Denver Nuggets by four points. After losing five of its last six games, Miami has played better recently. Dwyane Wade, who is on pace for arguably the best shooting season as a starting guard, sat out on Tuesday, but LeBron James scored a game-high 43 points in the Heat’s 100-96 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. James then sat out on Wednesday at Boston and the Heat lost, 101-96.
3-17-14: The Heat continued to lose more games this past week. Miami faced three opponents from the Eastern Conference and put up a 1-2 record. On Sunday, LeBron James did not attempt a free throw in a game for the first time in years. The Heat had a 12-point fourth-quarter deficit, but the Bulls came back to win in overtime, 95-88. Then, Miami bounced back the following night to beat the Washington Wizards by nine points. With that win, Miami snapped its three-game losing streak. However, the Heat could not make it two wins in a row. Miami dropped Wednesday’s contest to the Brooklyn Nets and moved to 0-3 this season when facing Jason Kidd’s squad.
3-10-14: Miami continued its hot scoring stretch this past week. On Saturday, Dwyane Wade scored a game-high 24 points in the Heat’s 112-98 victory. Then, on Monday, the Heat hosted the Charlotte Bobcats, and it was LeBron James’ night at the American Airlines Arena. Wade rested that evening, and he witnessed James put up a career-high and franchise-record 61 points. Miami took its NBA-best active winning streak into Houston on Tuesday to complete the back-to-back set. Although the Heat fell that night, LeBron was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Month the next day. Unfortunately, the losing streak continued as the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Heat, 111-87, on Thursday.
3-3-14: Despite having to switch from his “Batman-esque” face mask to the NBA standard clear one, LeBron James recorded a near triple double in three quarters as the Miami Heat beat their in state rivals Orlando Magic 112-98 on Saturday. Dwayne Wade added 24, and Greg Oden had his best game as a member of the Heat with 8 points and 4 boards in 13 minutes.
3-2-14: Erik Spoelstra’s team is on fire. Miami heads into March with a six-game winning streak, the team’s longest in 2014. With the Heat’s success recently, the Indiana Pacers can no longer cruise to the No. 1 spot in the Eastern Conference. Miami returned home from a quick road trip to play the team’s first home games since the All-Star break. Without LeBron James, Chris Bosh scored a game-high 28 points to bring the Heat the 93-79 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Sunday. Then on Thursday, the masked LeBron James returned to lead all scorers with 31 points at the American Airlines Arena in the 26-point win against the New York Knicks.
2-28-14: Miami Heat superstar Lebron James caused a stir over the twitter sphere with the debut of his protective face mask in last night's dominating victory of the Knicks. The all black gear has earned him comparisons to Batman. Lebron had 31 points in 36 minutes as the Heat cruised past the Knicks 108-82.
2-27-14: Lebron James is set to return to action tonight as his Miami Heat host the New York Knicks. Lebron will wear a protective face mask after breaking his nose on a dunk against the Thunder's Serge Ibaka. Recent 10-day contract signee DeAndre Liggins will be available for tonight's game as well.
2-26-14: After sending out Roger Mason Jr during the trade deadline, the Heat have signed former Oklahoma City Thunder guard Deandre Liggins to a 10 day contract. Liggins averaged 14.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 2.54 steals per game while with the Heat's D-League affiliate the Sioux Falls Skyforce. Liggins will be available for Thursday's game vs New York.
2-25-14: Kids of the 90's had their hearts broken last week when LeBron James shot down rumors that production had started on “Space Jam 2”. The original released in 1996 featured Michael Jordan teaming up with Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and Bill Murray to take on a team of “Monstars” in an intergalactic basketball game.
2-24-14: It was a busy All-Star weekend for the Heat. On Saturday, Chris Bosh was fantastic with his half-court shots as he led Team Bosh to the victory in the Shooting Stars Competition. Then, the following night, Bosh came off the bench for the Eastern Conference All-Star team. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade started and combined for 32 points, 10 assists and five steals. James made it a successful week, as he helped Miami through a quick road trip. In a 117-106 victory over the Dallas Mavericks, LeBron put up a game-high 42 points. Although he broke his nose near the end of the contest on Thursday, the Heat’s big three scored as many points as the entire Oklahoma City Thunder roster in Miami’s 22-point victory.
2-18-14: Although Miami has had a road-heavy schedule in February; the team is making a strong push to be the top dog in the Eastern Conference. At the All-Star break, the Indiana Pacers lead the Heat by just 2.5 games. That margin could have been closer if Miami did not have a hiccup on Saturday at Utah. The Heat had a couple days off when traveling from Los Angeles to Salt Lake City, but could not defeat the pesky Jazz. However, Erik Spoelstra’s squad bounced back to defeat the Phoenix Suns and Golden State Warriors. Wednesday was a special night because LeBron James made a game-winning fadeaway 3-pointer to take down the Warriors.