After building up a double-digit lead, the Miami Heat lost big time to the Los Angeles Clippers 104-90 Wednesday night and have now lost three in a row and four of their last five games.
Gerald Green was the lone bright spot for the Heat with 19 points off the bench but Chris Bosh shot poorly and Dwyane Wade committed seven turnovers to hinder their team.
As you already know, Goran Dragic was sent home yesterday and will miss the remainder of the road trip. So Beno Udrih started in his place. Also Hassan Whiteside was active but came off the bench.
Th Clippers started in the game with speed, taking a 7-0 lead, with Miami opening up shooting 0-6 from the field. Miami then went on a 15-4 run and took a 4 point lead.
CB-AND-1 (Fox Sports Sun) pic.twitter.com/7BlP7Kuetf— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) January 14, 2016
With Whiteside coming from the bench, it was much easier for Spoelstra to revolve Whiteside and Bosh as replacements for each other, keeping the small ball line up intact with one constant big. At the end of the 1st quarter, the Heat shot 47% compared to the Clippers 32%.
This was when we realized we saw the good version of Gerald Green tonight, having 10 points off the bench. With Green's scoring punch, Miami took a 10 point lead. We then saw Wade yelling at Whiteside about not setting a screen, and out of the timeout we saw this:
We really like these WadeSide lobs. pic .twitter.com/EN2cVxaiPI— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) January 14, 2016
Another big moment:
WHITESIDE ASSIST ALERT 10TH OF SEASON DOUBLE-DIGITS Y'ALL— Tom Haberstroh (@tomhaberstroh) January 14, 2016
We also saw that Heat President Pat Riley, and unofficial Heat Snapchat President Dj Khaled were also at the game.
Behind Gerald Green and Dwyane Wade (13 points each) your Miami Heat took a 52-45 lead to the locker room.
HALF TIME UPDATE: None of us won the Powerball.
The Clippers opened the second half with a 8-0 run. Miami's ball movement suddenly stopped and the three point game for the Clippers opened up all at once. Just like that, midway through the third the Heat were down 57-47. It only got worse. There was nothing that went right for the Heat in the third quarter. The Clippers outscored Miami 34-17 in the third while only shooting 42% from the field. Miami had 17 turnovers after three. Oh and The Dragon is out at least two more games.
#MIAvsLAC: End of the 3rdQ - HEAT 69, Clippers 79. Green 19pts, Wade 16pts.— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) January 14, 2016
The fourth quarter was literally worse than the third. Miami couldn't grab a rebound or make a play. Midway through the 4th, Miami went down 94-75. The highlight of the 4th quarter was Chris Andersen hitting a three pointer, but even that ended with him limping badly. Miami went from up 16 to completely getting blown out and lose 104-90.
Heat outscored, 59-38, in 2nd half, loses 104-90 in LA. Now 22-17, 6th in East...2 games behind No. 2 Toronto but just 2 ahead of No. 9 Bos— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) January 14, 2016