What started as a promising game soon ended with a humbling, as the Heat were blown out by the Oklahoma City Thunder 112-95, to fall to 32-13 on the season.
For the Heat, LeBron James scored a game-high 34 points. Chris Bosh added 18 points and nine rebounds. Dwyane Wade scored 15 points.
For the Thunder, Kevin Durant scored a team-high 33 points, to go along with seven rebounds and five assists. Serge Ibaka chipped in 22 points and eight rebounds. Jeremy Lamb scored 18 points off the bench, including four three-pointers.
The Heat jumped out to an early 22-4 lead and seemed to have complete comtrol of the game, before the Thunder were able to close the lead to nine, 30-21, after the first quarter. Suddenly, the jumpers began to fall for the Thunder, to the tune of 16 three-pointers. By the time the game was over, the Heat were left wondering what happened.
This was an ugly game for the Heat, that I would put on repeat in the film room as opposed to burning. This was nowhere near the team we’ve grown to know, and not even the team that has been “coasting” this season. Yes, they shot 51% from the field, but countered that with an abysmal 15% from three. The bench was a no-show as well, as there was very little contribution outside of Chris Andersen. Also, with a very uncharacteristic 20 turnovers and only 20 assists, disaster was imminent.
The Heat’s next game is scheduled for Saturday, when they travel to Madison Square Garden to take on the Knicks (18-27). Tip-off is scheduled for 8:30 pm.