The Heat fell in a nail-biter to the Nets, 96-95. The loss drops their record to 44-18 on the season.
For the Heat, Chris Bosh finished with 24 points and seven rebounds. Dwyane Wade scored 22 points. LeBron James added 19 points, to go along with seven rebounds and five assists.
For the Nets, Paul Pierce finished with a game-high 29 points. Mirza Teletovic added 17 points off the bench. Shaun Livingston contributed 13 points and seven rebounds.
The game was tight throughout, as the game was tied 42-42 at the half, with each team scoring equally in both the first and second quarters. The Nets got a big third quarter from Pierce, as he put up 17 points in the period. That outburst from Pierce allowed the Nets to take a two point lead heading into the fourth. The Heat were able to close the gap on a couple of occasions but could never get over the hump to take the lead. On the final play of the game, Bosh inbounded the ball to what appeared to be an open James, but the pass was knocked away by Livingston.
This is another loss in a string of bad performances by the Heat, after they were on a long winning streak. Maybe it’s boredom, maybe it’s fatigue, but whatever it is has to get fixed in a hurry with a little over a month remaining in the season.
The Heat’s next game is Friday, as the Denver Nuggets (28-36) travel to the AmericanAirlines Arena. The tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 pm.