Following a 111-107 loss to the Denver Nuggets, the Miami Heat have now dropped five of its last six games. Like previous nights, the Heat struggled to hit three-pointers and sloppy play caught up to them again.
WADE: “Something is off.”
— Joseph Goodman (@JoeGoodmanJr) March 15, 2014
The butterfingers the team showed late in the loss to the Brooklyn Nets were just as buttery Friday night.
Miami committed 20 turnovers that led to 22 points. They only scored 11 fastbreak points all game, too, and made just 29.2 percent of its three-point shot attempts compared to Denver’s 38.1 percent.
LeBron James had another average night, unable to bail out his team with 21 points, six rebounds and six assists.
However, Ray Allen had his highest-scoring game of the season with 22 points, including five of seven from three-point range.
Dwyane Wade had an inefficient 19 points (8-of-18) and Chris Bosh’s points were no more cost-effective (11 points on 4-of-12 shooting).
Besides Allen, Mario Chalmers and Chris Andersen stood out with 16 and 14 points respectively with good percentages.
Kenneth Faried continued his recent binge of good games with 24 points on 9-of-15 shooting, 10 rebounds and three steals. Someone named Darrell Arthur scored 18 points off the bench, too.
Miami came out with urgency tonight, but the sloppy play got the better of them. They seemed more keen on setting the pace, and the game turned out to be the equivalent of a wide-receiver turning his head around before he secures the catch.
The Heat led 30-20 after the first quarter and were up 38-24 with just under 9 minutes left when Denver went on a 34-15 run, led mostly be reserves, to end the half.
Miami made a run in the fourth quarter to make it a bit interesting, but it was too late.
The Heat will try again Sunday when they host the Houston Rockets (who they lost to 106-103 earlier this month) at 3:30 p.m. ET at the AmericanAirlines Arena. The game will be nationally televised on ABC.