The Heat failed to take advantage of a Pacers loss, falling to the Minnesota Timberwolves 122-121, in double overtime. The loss drops the Heat record to 52-23 on the season.
For the Heat, LeBron James led the way with a game-high 34 points, to go along with eight rebounds, five assists, and four steals. Chris Bosh finished with 24 points and nine rebounds. Mario Chalmers added 24 points, six rebounds, and six assists.
This was a wild game, as the double overtime would attest to. The Heat jumped out to a five point lead after the first quarter, 29-24, and built their lead to 10 before the Timberwolves battled back to tie the game at 52 going into the half. The Timberwolves won the third quarter by two, taking a 77-75 lead into the fourth quarter. The Heat won the fourth quarter by two, forcing overtime tied at 97. The Heat and Wolves deadlocked in the first overtime after some missed free throws. The Heat built a three-point lead in the second overtime before falling apart defensively. They were able to tie the game on a Chris Bosh three-point shot, but fouled Corey Brewer on a layup attempt with one second remaining. The final shot for the Heat failed to drop, as Ray Allen attempted a fadeaway heave that came up short.
This was the fifth game in a row that Dwyane Wade and Greg Oden missed. The Heat haven’t missed Wade much up to this point, but he certainly could have been a major help in this game. Despite his absence, the Heat had their chances to win but came up short at the free throw line on multiple occasions.
The Heat’s next game is Sunday, as the New York Knicks (33-44) travel to Miami. The tip-off is scheduled for 1:00 pm.