The Heat showed the effects of a back-to-back as the second half played on, falling to the Memphis Grizzlies 107-102. The loss drops the Heat’s record to 53-25, and back down to a half game behind the Pacers for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.
Both teams started out hot, and the score after the first quarter (32-31, Heat) showed that. The Heat won the second quarter by three, taking a 58-54 lead into halftime. The Grizzlies were able to win the third quarter and tie the game at 80 heading into the fourth. The fourth quarter saw the Heat melt down a bit, turning the ball over multiple times, which lead to Memphis points to swing momentum and take the game away from Miami. Overall in the second half, the Heat were outscored by nine.
This was the 8th straight game without Dwyane Wade, and maybe it’s time to wonder how severe that hamstring injury is. He’s had plenty of rest since his last time on the court, and here’s to hoping he’s 100% for not only the next game, but for the Heat’s playoff run as well.
The Heat’s next game is scheduled for Friday, as they return home for the fourth and final matchup with the Indiana Pacers (54-25). This will be the most important regular season game of the year for both teams, as it will more than likely decide the number one seed in the East. The tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 pm.