The Memphis Grizzlies led wire-to-wire against the Miami Heat Sunday night, destroying Miami from beyond the arc and in transition en route to a 104-86 shellacking. Wayne Ellington came off the bench to score a career-high 25 points, including an astonishing seven makes from beyond the arc.
Miami kept the game close for most of the first half, but the Grizzlies went on a 14-1 run to close the second quarter and head into intermission with a 56-41 lead. The Heat cut the lead to single digits a couple times, but Memphis always responded. Miami was within 75-82 with more than eight minutes left, though, when LeBron James caught a Jerryd Bayless air-ball attempt. But James tried to throw a long pass to a streaking Dwyane Wade, and Rudy Gay deflected the pass. Zach Randolph secured the ball and made an and-one. Less than a minute later, Bayless stuffed Ray Allen at the rim, and Ellington subsequently made an open 3 in transition. This game was full of those missed opportunities, when the Heat committed a crucial mistake while on the cusp of tying the game.