The Heat fought back from a seven point deficit with three minutes left to defeat the Memphis Grizzlies, 91-86 Friday night.
For the Heat (47-20), Ray Allen scored a team-high 18 points, including five big ones in the Heat’s 14-2 run to close the game. LeBron James finished with 15 points to go along with seven rebounds and seven assists. Dwyane Wade and Mario Chalmers each scored 14 points.
For the Grizzlies, Zach Randolph scored a game-high 25 points to go along with 14 rebounds. Marc Gasol finished with 14 points and six rebounds. Mike Conley and Courtney Lee each scored 12 points.
The Heat struggled all throughout this game, as the game was played on the Grizzlies terms: slow and in the half-court. That was evidenced early on by the Heat only scoring 15 points in the first quarter, as they fell behind by seven.
The Heat responded well by scoring 30 points in the second quarter and taking a 45-43 lead into halftime.
The Grizzlies won the third quarter by two points to tie the game at 68, heading into the fourth quarter. The Grizzlies took control for most of the fourth quarter, building up that seven point lead.
Then the Heat got a three from Allen, a layup from James, a putback layup and two free throws from Wade to take the lead 86-84. After a steal from Miami, James hit a jumper to put the Heat up four, 88-84. After another steal and timeout, Wade found Allen all alone on an inbound for a dunk and a six-point lead to secure the win.
The Heat’s next game is tomorrow night when they travel to New Orleans to take on the Pelicans (28-40). Tip-off is scheduled for 8:00 pm ET.