After a solid home win, the Heat returned to their losing ways, this time falling to the Pelicans 105-95. The Heat dropped to 47-21 with the loss.
For the Heat, LeBron James scored a team-high 25 points, to go along with nine assists and eight rebounds. Mario Chalmers scored 19 points and dished seven assists. Michael Beasley scored 16 points off the bench.
For the Pelicans, Anthony Davis scored a game-high 30 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Tyreke Evans finished with 16 points and eight assists. Al-Farouq Aminu scored 12 points and grabbed eight rebounds.
The Heat were without Dwyane Wade and Greg Oden, but it’s unclear how much they would have helped. The Heat jumped out to an early 10-2 lead to start the game, but quickly fell apart and let the Pelicans back in the game. From there, the Pelicans took control and never looked back.
This was a really uneven game for the Heat, as their defense looked poor and they couldn’t keep control of the ball. They allowed the Pelicans to shoot 51% from the field and force 15 turnovers, which lead to 19 points for the Pelicans. They also gave up 21 fast-break points and 52 points in the paint. All of those stats alone spell doom for any team, but especially for an older team coming off a game the night before.
The Heat’s next game is Monday night, when the Portland Trail Blazers (45-25) travel to AmericanAirlines Arena. The tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 pm.