Heat out­last Griz­zlies late

The Commercial Appeal - - Sports - David Cobb Mem­phis Com­mer­cial Ap­peal USA TO­DAY NET­WORK TEN­NESSEE

MI­AMI — A bar­rage of 3-point­ers and a big night from the bench pro­pelled Mi­ami to a 112-108 win over Mem­phis at the Amer­i­can Air­lines Cen­ter on Satur­day.

Poor late-game of­fense plagued the Griz­zlies (19-23) after they erased a 12-point sec­ond­half deficit.

Marc Ga­sol air-balled a po­ten­tial go-ahead 3pointer with 31.7 sec­onds left as the shot clock ex­pired.

Trail­ing by one point, the Griz­zlies forced a Dwyane Wade miss on the other end. But Mi­ami’s Josh Richard­son grabbed the of­fen­sive re­bound, took a foul and made a free throw to make it 110-108.

Com­ing out of a time­out with nine sec­onds left, Shelvin Mack took an in­bounds pass from the side­line and drove base­line for the Griz­zlies. Wade de­fended Mack and earned a jump-ball as Mack el­e­vated for a po­ten­tial game-ty­ing layup with four sec­onds left.

The Heat won the jump ball, and Richard­son iced the out­come with a pair of free throws with 1.1 sec­onds re­main­ing.

Mi­ami (21-20) hit 15 of 31 3-point­ers com­pared to 9-of-29 for the Griz­zlies.

Big names: Jamy­chal Green’s sec­ond straight dou­ble-dou­ble paced the Griz­zlies.

Green fin­ished with 24 points and 11 re­bounds in 22 min­utes. Mike Con­ley added 22 points for Mem­phis.

Jus­tice Winslow reached dou­ble fig­ures for a 10th straight game, and he did not stop there. The fourth-year pro caught fire with 10-of-16 shoot­ing, fin­ish­ing with 26 points for the Heat.

No­table: Kyle An­der­son left the game in the sec­ond quar­ter after land­ing awk­wardly on his left an­kle. The Griz­zlies’ start­ing small for­ward did not re­turn.

Mack reached dou­ble fig­ures in scor­ing in con­sec­u­tive games for the first time since early Novem­ber.

In his sec­ond game back as the backup point guard after ced­ing the role to Jevon Carter for two games, Mack scored 13 points on 13 shots from the floor.

In what will likely be the fi­nal meet­ing be­tween the Griz­zlies and Wade, the Heat’s leg­endary shoot­ing guard scored 10 points.

Up next: The Griz­zlies play at Hous­ton on Mon­day (7 p.m. Fox Sports South­east). The Rock­ets lead the sea­son se­ries 2-0.

Tv/ra­dio: Fox Sports South­east/92.9-fm

Reach Griz­zlies beat writer David Cobb at [email protected]­mer­cial ap­peal.com.

Griz­zlies guard Mike Con­ley (11) shoots and scores against Heat guard Tyler John­son in the first half of on Satur­day in Mi­ami. BRYNN AN­DER­SON/AP

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