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.
The Grizzlies made 14 3s, more than they've made in the last five years, while only Chris Bosh and James played well for Miami. Check back soon for a full recap of the game.