The Heat blew a 17-point fourth quarter lead, but held on to defeat the Blazers, 93-91. The win improves the Heat record to 48-21 on the season.
For the Heat, LeBron James led the way with 32 points, to go along with six rebounds, five assists, and four steals. Chris Bosh finished with 15 points, eight rebounds, and four steals. Chris Andersen added 13 points and 11 rebounds off the bench.
For the Blazers, Damian Lillard scored a team-high 19 points and dished six assists. Mo Williams added 17 points off the bench. Wesley Matthews scored 15 points.
This was a pretty tight game in the first half, as the each of the first two quarters were decided by less than 10 points. The Blazers won the first quarter by three points (25-22), while the Heat took the second quarter by seven (24-17). That resulted in a Heat lead of 46-42 at the break. The Heat were able to break the game open a bit in the second half, as they took the third quarter by seven points again (26-19), to take an 11 point lead into the fourth quarter. After building the lead to 17, the Heat led by 12 with 5:24 remaining. From that point to the 30.4 second mark, the Blazers went on a 19-7 run to tie the game at 91. LeBron scored a driving layup with 11 seconds left, and Bosh swatted away a potential game-tying layup from Lillard to ice the game.
This game looked more like Heat basketball, until the last five minutes of the fourth quarter. LeBron seemed engaged and Bosh gave a better effort on the glass. More importantly, the team as a whole played better defensively and looked like they had something to prove after the terrible showing in New Orleans. There was a lot of positives to take from this game, with the big game looming on Wednesday.
The Heat’s next game is scheduled for Wednesday, when they travel to Indianapolis to take on the Pacers (51-20). The tip-off is scheduled for 8:00 pm.
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