It was sloppy, disjointed, clumsy, ugly and, most certainly, uncomfortable.
And it was not just the fourth quarter Saturday for the Miami Heat.
The Heat finished a devastating 3-video game homestand in fitting manner Saturday against the Indiana Pacers. Miami, fighting to hold on to playoff positioning after dropping two straight, scored only 11 factors in the fourth quarter, permitting a likelihood to rally earlier the Pacers slip absent into a 95-88 reduction for the Heat at AmericanAirlines Arena.
The ultimate 12 minutes in Miami was as ugly as NBA basketball will get. The Heat (24-27) went 3 of 15 from the discipline and skipped all 9 of its 3-stage tries to squander a amazing defensive fourth quarter, and slip to 3 online games even worse than .500 for the 1st time considering the fact that the calendar flipped to 2019.
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Dwyane Wade did his ideal to continue to keep Miami in the video game in the third quarter, scoring 10 of his 21 factors in the ultimate 3:55 of the third to slash Indiana’s direct, which experienced the moment been as significant as 18, down to 84-77.
Then both offenses melted down. The Heat didn’t rating for the 1st 3:06, then didn’t rating once more for a different 2:03. Even nevertheless Miami held the Pacers (33-19) scoreless for the 1st 4:39 of the fourth quarter and to 11 factors full, the Heat’s offensive troubles remaining Miami with a third straight reduction in front of 19,600 at AAA.
It was the latest skipped opportunity for a Heat workforce, which presently performs with a skinny margin for error. Miami shot nicely in the 1st half — 19 of 37 from the discipline, 6 of 14 from 3-stage selection and 10 of 13 from the absolutely free toss line — but turned the ball more than 14 times, leading to 16 factors for Indiana, so the Heat settled for a 54-53 direct at the half.
It took all of 1:59 for the Pacers to properly bury Miami. Hassan Whiteside — who finished with 19 factors and 14 rebounds, but didn’t rating in the fourth — went to the absolutely free-toss line on the Heat’s 1st possession of the second half and the star heart skipped both. Guard Cory Joseph answered with a basket and Indiana was off on a 10- run. Miami turned the ball more than 2 times in the course of the spurt, even though ahead Thaddeus Younger scored 5 factors and submit player Myles Turner finished the run with a 3-pointer to give the Pacers a 63-54 direct with 10:01 remaining in the time period.
Even Wade couldn’t save the day. A day after commissioner Adam Silver designed him 1 of two “special roster additions” for the 2019 NBA All-Star Sport, Wade put up his most significant scoring full of 2019, but after a pull-up 3 with seven seconds remaining in the third slash Indiana’s direct to 84-77 the guard would not rating once more.