GAME STORY LINK: "Memphis Blues"
BEST OF THE NIGHT: Tip of the hat to Wayne Ellington, who knocked down seven three-pointers and scored 25 points, a career high. The Heat was focused on stopping Memphis inside the paint and Ellington flipped the script.
WORST OF THE NIGHT: Shane Battier's matchup with Zach Randolph, who had 18 points and 12 rebounds. Randolph is not to be confused with David West. Battier played just 16 minutes and committed four fouls.
NIGHTLY NUMBER: 14
The Heat missed 14 free throws and the Grizzlies made 14 three-pointers.
LINE OF THE NIGHT
Giving it to Rudy Gay despite Wayne Ellington's big game. Gay had 21 points on 7 of 17 shooting, including 2 of 3 shooting from three-point range. He also had eight rebounds, five assists, four steals and two blocks.
THEY SAID IT
LEBRON JAMES on the Heat's two losses this season
"We have lost to teams that have shot extremely well outside. Our number one key is to protect the paint and help each other in the paint."
DWYANE WADE on
his off night
"Just missed some shots. It happens. I have been shooting very well, high 50s. It says a lot. I had some great looks. It just didn't go down."
"I think tonight we came out with a little more energy and urgency at the beginning of the game and we didn't play from behind and that was huge. We made shots and they tried to take Zach and Marc away early, which they didn't, but we kept battling and started making shots and we had a stretch where they turned the ball over and made shots, and we ran and the next thing you know we're up by 15 points."
on setting the tone early
"You can't be on your head. You've got to be on your toes."
The Heat attempted 20 more free throws, had more points in the paint (42-40) and more offensive rebounds (15-11). Usually, those measurements point to a Heat a victory. Pretty sure that's what the Heat will take away from this game. A loss to the Grizzlies during a long road trip is no reason for an overreaction. Still, there are some areas of concern. In the Heat's two losses this season—both blowouts—Miami's defense has allowed 33 three-pointers on 60 attempts.
—LeBron James had 20 points, 10 rebounds and six assists. James has had at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in five of the Heat's first seven games.
—Chris Bosh led the Heat with 22 points. Bosh has led the Heat in scoring three times.
—Dwyane Wade was 3 of 15 from the field and finished with eight points. The last time Wade scored in single digits was in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Pacers. Wade had five points in that game and shot 2 of 13 from the field.