The heat was on in Oklahoma City on Friday night… Just not for Miami.
After eight lead changes, most coming from the third quarter, and three Thunder players finishing in double figures, the Miami Heat fell short to the Oklahoma City Thunder at 105-99 inside Chesapeake Energy Arena.
This loss gives the Heat 10 losses in their last 11 road games, and Miami now sits at No. 7 in the Eastern Conference behind the Washington Wizards and only half a game in front of the Milwaukee Bucks.
Small forward James Johnson led the Heat in scoring ending the night with 23 points shooting 7-13 from the field and going 2-4 from 3-point range.
Goran Dragic finished 20-4-5 and had one steal, while both Justise Winslow and Wayne Ellington had 14 a piece.
Dwayne Wade was a game-time decision with a strained left hamstring he suffered on March 10 during the Heat’s win over the Washington Wizards, and he had missed the past five games because of it. But Wade was put in the rotation for last night’s game playing 20 minutes and picking up seven points.
Despite four Heat players finishing in double figures, it was the powerhouse center of Steven Adams and the fourth quarter performance of Russell Westbrook that secured the win for the Thunder. Adams finished with 24 points and 12 rebounds, while Russ did what Russ does best ending with 29 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists. One more assist would have given Westbrook triple-double No. 103.
The Heat will head to Indianapolis for a matchup against the Pacers on Sunday before heading back to their home court to host the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday. The Heat fall to 39-34 in the regular season, 17-21 on the road.
Watch here to see what Erik Spoelstra, Dwayne Wade, Goran Dragic and James Johnson had to say about their loss to the Thunder in Oklahoma City: