This one particular figured to be one particular of the most daunting Heat assignments of the time – the next half of a really challenging again to again, at superior elevation, against a really superior crew and a night after actively playing the defending champions.
And it went about as envisioned, with the Heat hanging around for a although before unraveling in the 3rd quarter and ultimately succumbing to the Denver Nuggets, 103-87, on Monday night at Pepsi Centre.
And so a street vacation that started with such promise, with a acquire in Portland, has now remaining the Heat with a 3-activity getting rid of streak and at 5 game titles below .500, in ninth position in the East.
With All Star Nikola Jokic dominating, Denver having out in changeover and Mason Plumlee outplaying Hassan Whiteside, the Nuggets stretched a 5 level halftime guide to 18 by late in the 3rd.
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The Heat by no means drew closer than 13 in the fourth.
Whiteside’s string of really superior game titles ended with a thud. Plumlee blocked him 2 times at the rim in the 3rd quarter, and Whiteside remaining for superior much less than 5 minutes into the 3rd, closing with six details and eight rebounds.
It did not support that the Heat shot just 9 for 33 on 3-pointers.
Kelly Olynyk was off with his shot, closing 4 for 13 from the industry.
And Justise Winslow shot 6 for 16 on a 15-level night., then picked up a technological 4 in the course of a timeout with the Heat down 16 late in the activity.
And this was harming: The Nuggets turned 16 Heat turnovers into 22 details, such as two dunks by Malik Beasley.
James Johnson scored 14 for Miami, Josh Richardson 12 and Dion Waiters 11. Ryan Anderson created his Heat debut with some late-activity minutes.
Denver, which ended a 3-activity getting rid of streak, acquired 23 details and 12 rebounds from Jokic, 20 from Malik Beasley and 17 details from backup level guard Monte Harris.
Miami closes its pre All Star split program, and attempts to salvage this street vacation, on Wednesday at Dallas.