Grizzlies coach J.B. Bickerstaff talks about Dwyane Wade’s impact on basketball before the Heat’s visit to Memphis on Dec. 14.
David Cobb, The Commercial Appeal
The middling Heat entered FedExForum five games in to a six-game road trip and on a two-game losing streak.
Playing without franchise icon Dwyane Wade, Miami left a 100-97 winner over a Grizzlies team that went cold from the outside.
Miami (12-16) hit 15-of-39 3-point tries while holding Memphis (16-12) to 8-of-29 from behind the arc.
Former Tennessee star Josh Richardson and Kelly Olynyk each scored 18 to lead the Heat.
Mike Conley led all scorers with 22 points.
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As the Heat kept the Grizzlies at arm’s length down the stretch, news broke on Twitter that the Grizzlies were nearing a deal to bring Wizards wing Kelly Oubre to Memphis as a part of a three-team deal that would require the Grizzlies to part with MarShon Brooks and Wayne Selden.
J.B. Bickerstaff earned a technical foul with seven seconds left in the third quarter. The referees handed out two more just 75 seconds into the fourth quarter.
First, JaMychal Green protested a loose-ball foul and earned a technical. Seven seconds later, the Heat’s Josh Richardson picked up a technical for his reaction to a loose-ball foul.
“Come on, refs,” one fan near the court yelled. “Nobody came to see you guys.”
At the 5:45 mark, officials ruled that Marc Gasol committed a technical foul when Gasol struck Tyler Johnson near the neck while flailing his arms after a Johnson foul.
Marc Gasol’s highlight pass
Gasol took a feed from Garrett Temple at the elbow and promptly threw a no-look, over-the-shoulder pass to Jaren Jackson Jr., in the low post. Jackson slammed to bring the Grizzlies within 60-59 at the 6:31 mark of the third quarter.
Dwyane Wade rests
In his final visit to FedExForum as a player, 12-time All-Star Dwyane Wade rested because of what the Heat termed “general soreness.”
Wade will finish his career having played in Memphis just three times over his final 11 seasons. Wade’s absence from the lineup left some fans who drove from all over the Mid-South with heartache.
But the 2006 NBA Finals MVP did sign autographs for some fans who congregated outside the visitor’s tunnel.
At one point, a “D-Wade” chant broke out in the arena.
The Grizzlies host the Rockets (13-14) on Saturday night (7 p.m. Fox Sports Southeast). It will be the first meeting between the teams this season.
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