With the potential blockbuster trade featuring Andre Iguodala and Danilo Gallinari upon us, Wednesday night’s matchup between the Miami Heat (34-16) and the Los Angeles Clippers (36-15) did not feel real. Despite leading at halftime, Miami was outscored 37-22 in the third-quarter led to their 128-111 loss.
Jimmy Butler left in the second half after straining his shoulder. He’ll have an MRI on Thursday.
Butler’s injury in the 3rd quarter derailed the Heat,as their zone defense allowed the Clippers to make 23 3-pointers tonight, a franchise-record and the most ever for a Heat opponent.
“It was a deluge, avalanche in that second half of 3s and we just couldn’t get a handle on it,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.
Paul George and Landry Shamet both scored 23 points on Wednesday. Eight Clippers players scored in double digits.
Kawhi Leonard added 14 points, nine assists, and seven rebounds.
The Heat were within 6 points with 3:24 left in the game, but 14 points in the final 3 minutes iced the game for Miami.
Derrick Jones Jr. had a career-high 25 points, on 10-12 shooting, in addition to nine rebounds, three assists, and two steals as he lead Miami on Wednesday. Bam Adebayo registered 22 points, 11 rebounds, and 6 assists in 40 minutes.
ANOTHER G-LEAGUE GEM?
With Tyler Herro, Myers Leonard out with injury and Dion Waiters and James Johnson hours away from being traded, the Miami Heat gave two-way player Gabe Vincent his first shot in the NBA. Vincent did not disappoint, hitting three of his first four three-point attempts in just 4 minutes.
Miami May have just found ANOTHER G-League Gem!
Miami falls to 12-13 on the road with the loss. The Miami Heat travel to Sacramento to take on the Sacramento Kings (19-31), who recently added Jabari Parker and Alex Len from the Atlanta Hawks for Dwayne Dedmon.