The Heat lost to the Brooklyn Nets for the 4th consecutive time this season (3rd game that was decided by a single point), 88-87. The loss drops the Heat record to 53-24 on the season. More importantly, it drops their lead down to a half a game over the Pacers for first in the Eastern Conference.
For the Heat, LeBron James lead the team in scoring, rebounding, and assists yet again. He finished with 29 points, 10 rebounds, and six assists. Chris Bosh contributed 12 points and six rebounds. Norris Cole added 10 points off the bench.
The Heat started off slow yet again, falling behind by double digits in the first quarter, 26-14. They responded well with a great second quarter, winning that quarter 29-18, to trim their deficit to just one at halftime, 44-43. They also came out in the third quarter aggressive, winning that quarter as well 22-18. That allowed them to take a three-point lead heading into the fourth quarter, 75-72. The fourth quarter was hotly contested, and came down to the final seconds yet again. The Heat got a rebound off a Johnson miss, and decided to push the action instead of calling a timeout. Rashard Lewis drove the ball under the rim and found a cutting James, who was met at the rim by Mason Plumlee. No foul was called on Plumlee, but it seemed like James was hit on a reach-in before he went in the air for his shot.
This was the 7th consecutive game the Heat played without Dwyane Wade, and maybe the one they needed him in the most. The second unit of the Heat (Cole aside), had trouble generating offense when James and Bosh were off the floor, despite having some good moments when the stars were present.
The Heat’s next game is Wednesday night, as they travel to Memphis, to take on the Grizzlies (45-32). The tip-off is scheduled for 8:00 pm.