The Miami Heat desperately wanted to win their first set of back-to-back wins since December 14. But a slow start, an altercation that ended Goran Dragic’s night, and hot shooting from Los Angeles Lakers in the fourth quarter ended any hopes of that with a 127-100 blowout loss on the road.
Lou Williams had 11 points in the final quarter to silence the Heat in what was a competitive game up until the ejections of Dragic, who was enjoying a solid performance with 16 points up until that point, and Jordan Clarkson. Miami wasn’t the same after that and they had no answer for Williams and former Heat player Luol Deng.
Miami limped out of the gate, missing their first five field goal attempts and digging themselves into a 0-10 hole. Willie Reed, who again was impressive starting in place of Hassan Whiteside, scored the first basket for Miami after three minutes but soon coach Erik Spoelstra had enough and immediately switched up the lineup.
Subsequently, reserves James Johnson and Tyler Johnson helped spark the Heat comeback. Willie Reed had two dunks for a quick 6-0 run to cut it to 20-22 and make it competitive game.
Heat went on a 11-0 run punctuated by a spectacular Tyler Johnson dunk, which gave them their first lead in the game after Lakers had built a double-digit lead early in the second quarter. The Lakers dominated in the middle all night, outscoring Miami in the paint by 20 points and the Heat’s lack of size wasn’t enough to offset Reed’s solid night and were outrebounded by 21.
James Johnson scored nine quick points in the five minutes of play after the third quarter skirmish but the Lakers eventually secured their biggest lead of the night at the time at 90-76 just before the end of the third quarter, and they just kept rolling throughout the final quarter.
Both teams had league-high 26 losses, with Miami now owning the third-worst record in the NBA and only the Brooklyn Nets have as many losses with 27. The Heat will stay in Los Angeles to face the Clippers on Sunday at 3:30pm.