Goran Dragic scored 20 points, and Wayne Ellington added 21 points on six 3-pointers off the bench to lead the Miami Heat to a season-best shooting performance from 3 in a 109-97 win against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night.
The excitement dropoff from Miami Hurricanes playing for ACC title and spot in college playoffs to bad Dolphins hosting bad Denver tops this week’s Hot Button, the Sunday Top 5 list of what South Florida sports fans are talking about.
The Miami Heat had the game slip away in the first half for the second night in a row as they dropped a 115-86 decision to the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden – Miami’s worst loss of the season.
Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis, the NBA’s fourth-highest scorer, rolled his ankle in the first quarter and did not return. It didn’t help the Heat (without Hassan Whiteside), which suffered its second sloppy loss in as many nights.
The Cavaliers took control quickly led by Kevin Love’s 38 points as the Heat trailed by as many as 34 and couldn’t get closer than 17 even after LeBron James was ejected after arguing a non-call in the third quarter.
Udonis Haslem and Dwyane Wade spent 13 seasons together in Miami and won three NBA titles together. After facing each other on the court as opponents for only the second time, they exchanged jerseys Tuesday night following the Heat’s loss to the Cavaliers.