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The Miami Heat fell to the Portland Trail Blazers, 115-109

The Miami Heat fell to the Portland Trail Blazers, 115-109

Monday, February 10, 2020

 

Just a few days ago, the Miami Heat traded Justise Winslow, Dion Waiter, and James Johnson to the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for Andre Iguodala, Joe Crowder, and Solomon Hill.  The Heat were already having a surprising season but with this trade, it may definitely give them a higher chance of reaching the Eastern Conference Finals.

Tonight’s matchup between the Miami Heat and the Portland Trail Blazers will mark the first of two times that these two teams will meet up this season.  The last time they saw each other was on January 5 when the Heat handed the Blazers a 122-111 loss.  Goran Dragic finished that game with 29 points, 3 rebounds, and 13 assists while Damian Lillard had 34 points, one rebound, 12 assists, and 3 steals.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Heat and the Blazers have played each other a grand total of 62 times as the Heat won 23 games while the Blazers went on to grab 39 victories.

INACTIVES:

Miami Heat:

-Kyle Alexander (knee)
-Jimmy Butler (shoulder; 20.5 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 6.3 APG, 45.2 FG%, 25.5 3P%)
-Tyler Herro (ankle; 13.1 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 2.0 APG, 41.4 FG%, 39.3 3P%)
-Meyers Leonard (ankle; 6.1 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 1.1 APG, 52.0 FG%, 42.9 3P%)
-Udonis Haslem (coach’s decision; 2.5 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 0.0 APG, 100.0 FG%)
-Solomon Hill (coach’s decision; 5.7 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 2.0 APG, 41.2 FG%, 38.1 3P%)
-KZ Okpala (coach’s decision; 1.4 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.2 APG, 60.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Gabe Vincent (coach’s decision; 4.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 21.1 FG%, 25.0 3P%)

Portland Trail Blazers:

-Zach Collins (shoulder; 9.0 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 2.0 APG, 47.4 FG%, 42.9 3P%)
-Rodney Hood (leg; 11.0 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 1.5 APG, 50.6 FG%, 49.3 3P%)
-Nassir Little (ankle; 3.8 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 0.5 APG, 43.0 FG%, 25.5 3P%)
-Jusuf Nurkic (leg)
-Anfernee Simons (concussion; 8.9 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 1.5 APG, 41.1 FG%, 32.2 3P%)
-Moses Brown (G-League; 1.4 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 0.0 APG, 44.4 FG%)
-Jaylen Hoard (G-League; 2.7 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 0.3 APG, 44.8 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The Portland Trail Blazers would have control of things in the first half as they shot fifty-six percent from the field, keeping the Miami Heat to forty percent.  Trevor Ariza got hot for 19 points as he missed only one of his eight shots attempted.  He also had two three-pointers while recording 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals, and one block.

Damian Lillard helped out with 11 points, earning nine of them from beyond the arc and the other two from the free-throw line.  Carmelo Anthony and C.J. McCollum combined for 16 points while they both had a three-pointer each.  Hassan Whiteside had four points but grabbed seven rebounds and blocked 2 shots.  Gary Trent played the most minutes off the bench as he had 13 points.

As for the Miami Heat, Duncan Robinson chalked up 15 points, earning all of them from behind the three-point line.  Derrick Jones contributed with nine points on sixty-percent shooting.  He also had two three-pointers while both Bam Adebayo and Kendrick Nunn scored five points each.  Jae Crowder played 16 minutes off the bench as he had eight points but it was the Blazers who went into halftime with a 63-60 lead.

The home team who close things out in the second half as they went on a 52-49 run.  During that run, Damian Lillard got extremely hot for 22 points, drilling 3 three-pointers in the process.  As for the Miami team, Goran Dragic and Jae Crowder combined for 24 points off the bench but it was the Trail Blazers who came away with a 115-109 win.  Damian Lillard finished the game with 33 points, 4 rebounds, 8 assists, one steal, and one block while Goran Dragic had 27 points, 4 rebounds, 7 assists, and one steal.

So…what’s next?

The Miami Heat will head to California to take on Andrew Wiggins (24.0 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 3.0 APG, 66.7 FG%, 75.0 3P%) and the Golden State Warriors (12-41) on Monday at 10:30 p.m.  This will mark the second and final time that these two ball clubs will meet up this season.  November 29 was the last time they saw each other as the Warriors fell to the Heat, 122-105.  During that game, Goran Dragic scored 20 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, dished off 4 assists, and committed one steal while Jordan Poole had 20 points, one rebound, and one assist.

The Portland Trail Blazers will head to Louisiana to battle Brandon Ingram (24.9 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 4.2 APG, 47.3 FG%, 40.0 3P%) and the New Orleans Pelicans (22-31) on Tuesday at 8:00 p.m.  This will be the third of four times that they play each other this season.  The last time they battled each other was on December 23 when the Pelicans defeated the Blazers, 102-94.  Jrue Holiday finished that game with 21 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, and one steal while Carmelo Anthony had 23 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, and one steal.

The Trail Blazers escape from the Hornets, 115-112

The Trail Blazers escape from the Hornets, 115-112

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

 

The Charlotte Hornets are in danger of losing a fifth straight game as they battle the Portland Trail Blazers tonight in Oregon.  The Trail Blazers, on the other hand, are trying to avoid a third straight loss.  Tonight’s matchup will mark the first of two times that these two ball clubs will see each other this season.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Charlotte Hornets and the Portland Trail Blazers have battled each other a grand total of 58 times in the past as the Hornets won 16 games while the Blazers went on to grab 42 wins.

INACTIVES:

Charlotte Hornets:

-Bismack Biyombo (coach’s decision; 7.8 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 0.9 APG, 54.8 FG%)
-Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (coach’s decision; 4.0 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 0.8 APG, 34.0 FG%, 29.4 3P%)
-Cody Martin (coach’s decision; 3.9 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 1.2 APG, 39.6 FG%, 20.5 3P%)
-Jalen McDaniels (G-League; 2.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.0 APG, 40.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Caleb Martin (G-League; 1.8 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.6 APG, 30.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Robert Franks (G-League)
-Kobi Simmons (G-League)

Portland Trail Blazers:

-Zach Collins (shoulder; 9.0 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 2.0 APG, 47.4 FG%, 42.9 3P%)
-Rodney Hood (leg; 11.0 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 1.5 APG, 50.6 FG%, 49.3 3P%)
-Skal Labissiere (knee; 5.8 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 1.3 APG, 55.1 FG%, 23.1 3P%)
-Mario Hezonja (back; 4.5 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 0.9 APG, 39.2 FG%, 30.8 3P%)
-Jusuf Nurkic (leg)
-Moses Brown (G-League; 1.7 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 0.0 APG, 44.4 FG%)

GAMETIME:

The Trail Blazers would have control of the game in the first half as they shot fifty-nine percent from the field, keeping the Hornets to thirty-seven percent.  C.J. McCollum got hot for 20 points while knocking down four three-pointers in the process.  Both Carmelo Anthony and Damian Lillard scored 12 points each.

Lillard was able to drill two three-pointers while grabbing one defensive rebound and dishing out five assists.  Former Heat center Hassan Whiteside helped out with four points while grabbing nine boards and blocking two shots.  Gary Trent played the most minutes off the bench but only had a three-pointer.

As for the North Carolina team, Devonte Graham dropped 11 points which included 3 three-pointers.  Terry Rozier and P.J. Washington combined for 15 points while both Miles Bridges and Cody Zeller were kept to just two points each.  France-native Nicolas Batum played 15 minutes off the bench but only recorded four points as the home team went into halftime with a 62-46 lead.

The Charlotte Hornets would attempt a comeback in the second half as they went on a 66-53 run.  Graham chalked up 16 points, earning 15 of those points from beyond the arc and the other point from the charity stripe.  He also had eight assists while Terry Rozier had 16 points, as well.

P.J. Washington contributed with 14 points while recording six rebounds, two assists, two steals, and one block.  He also had a 3 three-pointers while Cody Zeller scored four points.  Nicolas Batum played the most minutes off the bench but only had five points.

On the other end of the court, Damian Lillard chalked up 18 more points while McCollum, Whiteside, and Anthony combined for 15 points.  Anthony Tolliver played 14 minutes off the bench and scored 16 points as the Trail Blazers came away with a 115-112 victory.  Damian Lillard finished the game with 30 points, 3 rebounds, and 9 assists while Devonte Graham had 27 points, 3 rebounds, 10 assists, and one steal.

So…what’s next?

The Charlotte Hornets will head to Colorado to take on Nikola Jokic (19.3 PPG, 9.9 RPG, 6.4 APG, 51.0 FG%, 34.0 3P%) and the Denver Nuggets (27-12) on Wednesday at 9:00 p.m.  This will mark the first of two times that these teams will play each other during this season.

The Portland Trail Blazers will travel to Texas to battle James Harden (37.7 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 7.5 APG, 45.3 FG%, 38.0 3P%) and the Houston Rockets (26-12) on Wednesday at 9:30 p.m.  This will be the second of four times that these two ball clubs will meet up this season.  The last time they met was on November 18 when the Rockets handed the Trail Blazers a blowout loss, 132-108.  Harden finished that game with 36 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, one steal, and one block while C.J. McCollum had 25 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals.

The Portland Trail Blazers hold off the Phoenix Suns, 111-110

The Portland Trail Blazers hold off the Phoenix Suns, 111-110

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

 

The Phoenix Suns will look to avoid a third straight loss tonight as they battle the Portland Trail Blazers at the Talking Stick Resort Arena.  The Suns are coming off a 121-119 overtime thriller against the San Antonio Spurs in Mexico City in which they lost.  With a 6-9 record at home, the Suns will try to win tonight before heading on the road for a two-game road trip.

The Blazers, on the other hand, are trying to recover from a 114-99 loss they took in the hands of Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets on Thursday.  Tonight’s matchup will mark the second of a two-game road trip for the Blazers before they return to the Moda Center for a four-game homestand.  This will be the first time that these teams will see each other this season before playing against each other three more times.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Suns and the Blazers have battled each other a grand total of 257 times in the past as the Suns won 135 games while the Portland team was kept to 122 victories.

INACTIVES:

Portland Trail Blazers:

-Zach Collins (shoulder; 9.0 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 2.0 APG, 47.4 FG%, 42.9 3P%)
-Rodney Hood (Achilles; 11.0 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 1.5 APG, 50.6 FG%, 49.3 3P%)
-Nassir Little (back; 4.6 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 0.7 APG, 40.8 FG%, 16.7 3P%)
-Jusuf Nurkic (leg)
-Jaylen Hoard (1.4 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.4 APG, 50.0 FG%)
-Moses Brown (2.0 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 0.0 APG, 42.9 FG%)

Phoenix Suns:

-Devin Booker (forearm; 25.0 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 6.4 APG, 50.7 FG%, 40.6 3P%)
-Cheick Diallo (coach’s decision; 5.8 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 0.5 APG, 69.5 FG%, 100.0 3P%)
-Ty Jerome (coach’s decision; 2.8 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 2.2 APG, 25.0 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
-Tyler Johnson (illness; 6.3 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 2.1 APG, 37.9 FG%, 31.0 3P%)
-Jalen Lecque
-Deandre Ayton (suspension; 18.0 PPG, 11.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 64.3 FG%)
-Jared Harper (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The Phoenix Suns will have slight control of the game in the first half as they shot fifty-eight percent from the field, keeping the visiting team to fifty percent.  Both Kelly Oubre and Dario Saric scored 13 points each as they both had a three-pointer, as well.  Oubre was able to record one assist and a block while Saric had three defensive rebounds, one assist, and a steal.

Former Hornets’ center Frank Kaminsky contributed with 12 points which held a three-pointer in the second quarter.  He also had one defensive rebound and four assists while Ricky Rubio and Mikal Bridges combined for just nine points.  Cameron Johnson played the most minutes off the bench but only had five points.

On the other end of the court, C.J. McCollum got hot for 18 points while hitting a three-pointer in the process.  Both Carmelo Anthony and Damian Lillard had ten points in the 16 minutes they played.  Anthony was able to drill two three-pointers in the opening quarter to go along with four rebounds, one steal, and two blocks.

Hassan Whiteside was kept to just six points but managed to record four defensive rebounds and one block.  North Carolina-native Kent Bazemore had eight points that held two three-pointers.  He also had two defensive rebounds, two steals, and a block.  Anthony Tolliver played 10 minutes off the bench but only had a three-pointer as the Suns went into halftime with a 67-59 advantage.

The Oregon ball club would make a comeback in the second half as they went on a 52-43 run, completing forty-five percent of their shots attempted.  During that run, Lillard chalked up 17 points while hitting two three-pointers in the process.  Anthony helped out with 13 points as he had two treys of his own.

McCollum saw to it that he earned 12 points while grabbing five rebounds, giving out two assists, committing a steal and blocking a shot.  Whiteside and Bazemore combined for seven points while Whiteside had 10 rebounds.  Anfernee Simons played eight minutes off the bench but was held scoreless.

As for the Suns, Oubre continued to impress as he had 11 more points which held two three-pointers.  Rubio and Kaminsky both had five points each while Bridges and Saric had four each.  Cameron Johnson played the most minutes off the bench as he earned himself eight points.

With only 32 seconds left in the game, the Suns would have a 110-108 lead as a result of a four-point play by Kelly Oubre.  After two timeouts, Lillard would take the ball and make a driving layup in which he was fouled by Aron Baynes.  Lillard ended up making the free-throw to give the Blazers a one-point lead.

With 0.6 seconds remaining, Rubio would pull up and attempt a 25-foot three-pointer to take the win but ended up missing as the Portland Trail Blazers hold on to come away with a 111-110 victory.  C.J. McCollum finished the game with 30 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, one steal, and one block while Kelly Oubre had 24 points, 2 assists, 3 steals, and a block.

So…what’s next?

The Portland Trail Blazers will host D’Angelo Russell (21.5 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 6.2 APG, 42.5 FG%, 34.3 3P%) and the Golden State Warriors (5-23) on Wednesday at 10:00 p.m.  This will mark the second of four times that these two ball clubs will play each other this season.  The last time they met up was on November 4 when the Warriors escaped with a 127-118 victory.  Eric Paschall finished that game with 34 points, 13 rebounds, and one block while Damian Lillard had 39 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, and one block.

The Phoenix Suns will head to California to take on Kawhi Leonard (25.8 PPG, 7.9 RPG, 5.1 APG, 45.0 FG%, 35.7 3P%) and the Los Angeles Clippers (20-8) on Tuesday at 10:30 p.m.  This will be the second of four times that these two teams will see each other this season.  October 26 was the last time they played each other as the Clippers fell to the Suns, 130-122.  During that game, Devin Booker scored 30 points, grabbed 6 rebounds, and dished off 8 assists while Montrezl Harrell had 28 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, one steal, and a block.

The Oklahoma City Thunder easily hand the New York Knicks a 105 to 84 loss in Anthony’s debut against his former team

The Oklahoma City Thunder easily hand the New York Knicks a 105 to 84 loss in Anthony’s debut against his former team

Last night’s matchup between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the New York Knicks would mark the first of two games that they would play against each other but this game is something special:  This would be the first time that Carmelo Anthony would face the Knicks since being traded and he is hoping to close that chapter out by showing up big.  He would also have new-forward Paul George and Russell Westbrook by his side to help out as the Thunder host the Knicks in Oklahoma.

During the first quarter of the game, the Knicks would shoot fifty-six percent from the field, limiting the Thunder to thirty-six percent.  Paul George would heat up for thirteen points in the beginning quarter, six of those coming from behind the arc and the other four from the free-throw line.  2017 NBA MVP Russell Westbrook would score five points while grabbing two rebounds and dishing off one assist.  Anthony would only shoot seventeen percent as he earns four points from knocking down a three-pointer and one free-throw.

As for the New York team, Kristaps Porzingis would chalk up eight points while collecting three defensive rebounds.  Former Houston Rockets’ shooting guard Courtney Lee would score five points while knocking down a three-pointer in the process of doing so.  New-center Enes Kanter would be limited to four points while collecting two offensive rebounds and two defensive rebounds.  Ramon Sessions would knock down a three-pointer to contribute but it was the home team that ended the first quarter with a 27-24 lead.

The Thunder would shoot thirty-nine percent from the field as a team in the second quarter while the Knicks ended shooting twenty-nine percent from the field.  Porzingis would add eleven more points to his scoring total as he drills a three-pointer in the process.  He would also gather up two offensive rebounds and four defensive rebounds while doing so.  Tim Hardaway Jr. ended up dropping five points, three coming from beyond the arc.  Kyle O’Quinn would come off the bench to put up two points while grabbing four rebounds.

On the other end of the court, Carmelo Anthony would start to heat up as he drops eleven points, drilling a three-pointer in the process.  Westbrook scored seven points while shooting sixty-seven percent from the field.  He also managed to grab three rebounds while giving out four assists.  George would play for twelve minutes only to be limited to four points but he would collect two defensive rebounds.  Steven Adams would also be limited to four points but he would grab three rebounds as the Thunder head into the locker room with a 53 to 42 advantage over the Knicks.

After halftime, the Oklahoma City Thunder would spark a huge 26 to 17 run in the third quarter as they shot fifty-nine percent from the field, limiting the visiting team to thirty-seven percent.  Andre Roberson would shoot sixty percent from the field to earn himself six points as he contributes with three rebounds and two assists.  Russell Westbrook continues to add to his performance as he chalks up five points, three defensive rebounds, and six assists.  George and Anthony would each be limited to four points but George would manage to collect two defensive rebounds in the process.

As for the Knicks, Kanter would shoot seventy-five percent from the field as he records six points and two defensive rebounds.  Lee would end up play twelve minutes only to be limited to four points and two assists.  Kristaps Porzingis would only shoot twenty percent from the field, collecting two points as the Thunder end the third quarter with a huge 79-59 lead.

The New York Knicks would shoot forty-four percent from the field in the last period as the Thunder shot forty-two percent from the field.  Porzingis would continue his shooting performance as he puts up ten more points, knocking down a three-pointer in the process of doing so.  He would also grab two rebounds as Kansas-native Ron Baker came off the bench to drill a three-pointer and two free-throws.  O’Quinn would be held scoreless in the eight minutes that he played but he did manage to pull down three defensive rebounds.

On the other end of the floor, Paul George ended up chalking up nine points, earning all of them from beyond the arc.  Jerami Grant would come off of the bench to drop five points, drilling a three-pointer in the process of doing so.  Anthony would knock down a three-pointer to earn three points while Westbrook would also earn three points, along with two defensive rebounds and four assists as the Oklahoma City Thunder easily pull away with a 105 to 84 victory over the New York Knicks.

Carmelo Anthony finished the game with twenty-two points against his former team, along with one rebound and one assist while Paul George finished with twenty-eight points, six rebounds, and one assist.  Russell Westbrook would post his 89th triple-double of his career as he finishes with twenty-one points, ten rebounds, and sixteen assists.  Kristaps Porzingis would finish with thirty-one points, twelve rebounds, and one assist.

The Orlando Magic defeat the Miami Heat in a battle for Florida, 116 to 109

The Orlando Magic defeat the Miami Heat in a battle for Florida, 116 to 109

Yesterday’s game between the Orlando Magic and the Miami Heat would mark the first of four games that these two would play each other.  Last season, the Miami Heat finished at ninth place in the Eastern Conference with a 41-41 record, nearly making the playoffs.  The Orlando Magic, on the other hand, landed at the thirteenth spot in the Conference with a 29-53 record.

During the first quarter of the game, the Miami Heat shot fifty-four percent from the field while the Orlando Magic would shoot forty-six percent from the field.  Former Boston Celtics’ power forward Kelly Olynyk would put up seven points while knocking down a three-pointer in the process of doing so.  Hassan Whiteside would score six points while shooting sixty percent from the field.  He also managed to grab two offensive rebounds and five defensive rebounds as well.  Goran Dragic would also score six points while dishing off four assists.

As for the Orlando team, California-native Aaron Gordon would drop seven points which would include one three-pointer.  He also went up to grab three defensive rebounds to add to his performance.  Nikola Vucevic would put up six points, along with one offensive rebound and two defensive rebounds.  D.J. Augustin would come off the bench to contribute with five points but it was the Heat who ended the first quarter with a 37 to 32 lead.

The Magic would shoot forty-four percent from the field in the second quarter while the Heat would end up shooting only thirty-six percent from the field.  Evan Fournier recorded seven points, three coming from behind the three-point line.  Terrence Ross would score five points in the quarter while shooting fifty percent from the field.  Gordon would be limited to only four points but he would grab three rebounds to contribute.

On the other end of the court, former Sacramento Kings’ small forward James Johnson would chalk up four points while shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  Justise Winslow would play for eleven minutes, only to be limited to three points which he earned from behind the arc.  Wayne Ellington would also score three points as the Magic ended the first half with a 26 to 18 run.

During the third quarter of the game, the Heat would continue to struggle as they only shot thirty-eight percent from the field while the Magic shot fifty-six percent.  Elfrid Payton would drop nine points in the third quarter while shooting eighty percent from the field.  He would knock down a three-pointer in the process while he grabbed two defensive rebounds and dished off two assists.  Vucevic ended up scoring eight points while grabbing three defensive rebounds.

As for the South Beach team, Dragic chalked up five points while connecting for a three-pointer in the process.  Both Waiters and Whiteside would put up four points while shooting fifty percent from the field each.  Whiteside would also gobble up four defensive rebounds to add to his performance but the Orlando Magic would go into the last quarter with an 88 to 78 advantage.

In the fourth period, the Magic would shoot forty-eight percent from the field as the Heat shot forty-one percent from the field.  Hassan Whiteside would heat up for fourteen points while pulling down a total of eight rebounds.  He would also connect for his first three-pointer of his career.  Dion Waiter chalked up seven additional points while hitting a three-pointer in the process of doing so.  James Johnson would play for ten minutes only to be limited to four points but he did record three rebounds and six assists.

For the Magic, Fournier would put up nine points as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  Former Toronto Raptors’ center Bismack Biyombo would score six points as he pulled down four rebounds.  Ross ended up scoring five points, three coming from beyond the arc and two coming from the free-throw line as the Orlando Magic end up winning the game, 116 to 109.  Evan Fournier finished the game with twenty-three points, one rebound, and three assists.  Hassan Whiteside would finish with twenty-six points, twenty-two rebounds and one assist.

Miami Heat defeats the Washington Wizards to win the regular season series

Miami Heat defeats the Washington Wizards to win the regular season series

The 40-41 Miami Heat will look to clinch the 8th seed as they host the 49-32 Washington Wizards in American Airlines Arena.  These two teams have met three times this season with Miami winning every game.  The first game was played on November 19 in Washington as the Heat won, 114-111.  In that game, Goran Dragic would score twenty-two points, grab four rebounds and give out six assists.  John Wall would take thirty-four points, four rebounds and eight assists.  Bradley Beal would accept thirty-four points, five rebounds and four assists.  The second meeting would be held on December 12 in Miami as the home team would escape with a 112-101 victory.  Goran Dragic would drop thirty-four points, five rebounds and five assists.  John Wall would drop thirty points, six rebounds and eight assists.  The last time these teams battled each other was on April 8 in the Verizon Center as the Miami team would sneak off with a 106 to 103 win.  Hassan Whiteside would drop thirty points, twelve rebounds and two assists.  Markieff Morris would score twenty-one points and grab five rebounds.  The Miami Heat will look to win the regular season series against this team, 4-0, as well as grabbing hold of the number eight spot.

The first quarter would start off right for the Washington Wizards as Marcin Gortat would light up the floor with ten points, shooting 83% from the field.  Missouri-native, Otto Porter Jr., would drop six points, despite dealing with back spasms.  On the other end, Goran Dragic would take eight points which included one 3-pointer but it would be the visiting team that would enter the second quarter with a 27 to 23 lead.  The second period would belong to the home team as they go on a 33-23 run.  Hassan Whiteside would put up eight points and pull down five rebounds.  Former Nets player, Willie Reed, would come off the bench to score six points and grab three rebounds, as well.  Bojan Bogdanovic would score seven points for his Washington team, along with Trey Burke’s six points but it would be the South Beach team that would enter halftime with a 56-50 advantage.  The third quarter would continue to be on Miami’s side as the second-round pick in the 2015 draft, Josh Richardson, would collect eight which included two 3-pointers.  Willie Reed would come back off the bench to add eight more points to his scoring total.  Sheldon McClellan would score nine points to help his D.C. team out but it would still be the Miami Heat who end the third quarter holding on to a large 91-77 lead.  Former Jazz player, Trey Burke, would get hot for fourteen points in the last period, which included four 3-pointers.  Goran Dragic collects nine more points as the Miami Heat pull away with a 110-102 win.  Goran Dragic would finish the game with twenty-eight points, four rebounds and five assists.  Trey Burke finishes with twenty-seven points and four assists.  John Wall, Bradley Beal and Markieff Morris would not play this game.

Miami Heat keeps their Playoff hopes alive as they escape with a win against the Washington Wizards

Miami Heat keeps their Playoff hopes alive as they escape with a win against the Washington Wizards

The 38-41 Miami Heat are struggling to make it back to the top eight in the Eastern Conference as they head to the Nation’s Capital to take on the 48-31 Washington Wizards.  These two teams have met up twice already this season, with the South Beach team winning each game.  The first matchup took place on November 19 in Washington as the Heat crawl away with a 114 to 111 win.  In that game, Goran Dragic would score twenty-two points, grab four rebounds and dish off six assists.  John Wall and Bradley Beal would each end with thirty-four points.  John Wall would also earn four rebounds and eight assists.  Bradley Beal would take five rebounds and four assists.  The second game was played on December 12 as Miami would win, 112-101.  Goran Dragic finished the game with thirty-four points, five rebounds and five assists.  John Wall ended up with thirty points, six rebounds and eight assists.  Tonight would be the third of four times these two clubs will battle each other.

Bradley Beal would start the game off right as he scores nine points in the first quarter, shooting 75% from the field.  Markieff Morris would also put up seven points, including one 3-pointer.  On the other end, Hassan Whiteside would knock down five of his eight buckets, earning himself ten points but the Wizards would end the quarter with a 29 to 28 lead.  In the second period, Wayne Ellington would come off the bench to put up eight points, which would contain two 3-pointers.  Hassan would shoot 66% from the field in the quarter to add six points to their score.  The four-time All-Star, John Wall, would chalk up four points and one 3-pointer, as both teams head into halftime with a 52 to 52 tie.  The visiting team would go on a 26-22 run in the third quarter as Dragic would put up ten points, along with Whiteside’s five points.  Tyler Johnson would come off the bench to grab three rebounds and score five points, including one 3-pointer.  The first round pick in the 2015 Draft, Kelly Oubre Jr. would go to shoot 83% from the field, earning himself eleven points, which would also include a 3-pointer.  Miami would end the quarter holding onto a 78-74 lead, but things would get tight later in the fourth quarter as Washington creeps back.  Whiteside would put up nine points but Markieff Morris would help his team as he scores twelve points, including two of his three 3-pointers.  With seven minutes left in the game, Morris would hit a jump shot, giving the home team a 1-point lead.  He would hit another jumper to extend the lead by four.  After Whiteside puts up a lay up, Richardson would hit a three-pointer to cut the lead to one.  They would continue to trade baskets until the one-minute mark, where Morris knocks down a three-pointer, tying the game at 100.  Whiteside would return the favor by hitting a jumper but Wall would get sent to the line where he hits one of his two free throws to take the lead again.  But after James Johnson hits a jumper and Richardson nails two free throws, the visiting team would escape with a 106 to 103 win.  Hassan Whiteside ends the game with thirty points, twelve rebounds and two assists.  Markieff Morris ends wit twenty-one points and five rebounds.

Heat even the regular-season series up with the win over the Hornets

Heat even the regular-season series up with the win over the Hornets

The Miami Heat are struggling to regain a Playoff spot as they are 37-40 at ninth place.  Tonight, they will go to North Carolina to take on the 36-41 Charlotte Hornets.  These two Eastern Conference teams have met up three times this season with Charlotte taking two of the three.  The first matchup was on October 28 in South Beach, where the Hornets won pulled away with a 97-91 win.  In that game, Kemba Walker dropped 24 points while Hassan Whiteside went for 20 points.  The next matchup was on December 29 in Charlotte where the home team beat the Heat, 91 to 82.  In that meeting, Kemba Walker scored 22 points while Josh Richardson dropped 20.  The third meeting was on March 8 in Florida, where Miami won 108-101.  In that matchup, Dion Waiter went for 24 points while Kemba Walker scored 33 points.  The Waiter-less Miami Heat would look to even the series out tonight and hopefully regain a Playoff seed.

The first quarter started off well for Goran Dragic, as he scored eight points and hitting two of his three 3-pointers, along with James Johnson earning six points.  The visiting team would end the quarter with a 27 to 23 lead.  Even though the Hornets would return the favor with a 28-25 run in the second quarter, Goran Dragic wasn’t looking to cool off as he drops an additional eleven points, going 88 percent from the field.  On the other hand, Kemba Walker scored nine points along with a pair of three-pointers but the Heat would still walk into the locker room with a one-point lead at the half.  The third quarter belonged to the Miami Heat as Dragic continued to put on a display, earning himself ten points and hitting another two of three 3-pointers.  Nicolas Batum dropped twelve points for his home team but it was the visiting team that ended the third on a 34 to 22 run.  The fourth quarter would look slightly better for the North Carolina ball team, as Marvin Williams went for ten points but it was the Miami Heat that pulled away with a 112 to 99 win, gaining the eighth-seed back in the Playoff race.  Goran Dragic ended with 33 points and Hassan Whiteside ended with a double-double (13 points and 20 rebounds), claiming Miami Heat’s single-season double-double record.