The Miami Heat got out to a strong start against the Golden State Warriors, but suffered yet another disappointing blown loss in the fourth game of the team’s road trip on Wednesday, Feb. 17, losing 120-112 in overtime.
Miami was able to hold Warriors star Stephen Curry to 5-of-20 from downtown, a surprising feat given that in the month of February, Curry is shooting 49.5% from 3 on just under 13 attempts per game. It didn’t matter in the end, as Curry was able to help bring Golden State back from a big deficit in the second half, including a dagger in overtime.
Despite leading 61-45 at the end of the first half, Miami was outscored 74-51 in the second half, an embarrassing mark. With the loss, the Heat drops to 11-17 on the year, in serious danger of missing the playoffs in a tight-knit Eastern Conference one year removed from an NBA Finals run.
Jimmy Butler notched yet another triple-double in the loss, his third in the Heat’s last four games, finishing with 13 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists.
The Heat were able to attack the interior early on with the Warriors still without Marquese Chriss, Kevon Looney and James Wiseman, and losing Draymond Green just before tip, with Bam Adebayo finishing with 24 points and seven assists. However, the Heat went away from that production late in the game, failing to successfully attack the rim and instead, settling for awkward jump shots.
Rookie Precious Achiuwa also had himself a game, finishing with 13 points and six rebounds, but curiously only received 17 total minutes despite being a plus-17.
Tyler Herro in particular had a rough game, and while he finished with 11 points and 15 rebounds, he only shot 3-of-15 from the field. Andre Iguodala had a solid scoring game, finishing with 10 points on decent efficiency, but the Heat were outscored majorly when he played.
Despite having the size advantage, the Heat struggled to get rebounds, especially late and allowed the four different Warriors players to finish with 20-plus points. While Curry, Andrew Wiggins and Kelly Oubre Jr. are all capable of going off, the Heat did an awful job of containing Golden State’s bench, with Kent Bazemore cooking Miami for 26 points, eight rebounds and three steals on 52.6% shooting.
Things were looking up for Miami when it won four games in a row but has now dropped three straight games with another matchup Thursday night against the Sacramento Kings. The loss keeps Miami at 11th in the East, with the Orlando Magic a half-game behind and the lowly Washington Wizards just two games from the Heat.
The Heat had a 14-point lead with just over six minutes remaining in the game, just to allow the Warriors to tie the game at 105 and bring the game to overtime. In the extra period, the Heat was only able to muster seven total points, while the Warriors looked absolutely energized.
Miami will have a chance to figure things out against a Kings team that has dropped four games in a row. However, the Kings are a hungry squad and should be heavy favorites to take the game from a sluggish Miami team coming off an overtime bout. That game will also tip at 10 p.m. EST, so be sure to follow along with Hot Hot Hoops for more Heat-related coverage.