After the victory of the Pacers, the Heat faced the game against the Thunder knowing that nothing was at stake, since the Sixers would already be sixth, and either in the fourth or fifth place they will have the Indiana team as their first round rival.
That’s why Miami coach Erik Spoelstra in the fourth quarter played it with the less usual who squandered an 18-point lead, allowing Oklahoma to win 116-115 with a triple with five seconds remaining.
In this way the Heat and the Pacers have the same balance of 44-28 before playing this Friday which of the two teams remains with fourth place, currently in the power of the Capital of the Sun quintet, having won the particular duel .
Kendrick Nunn was discharged by the league; However, he was not available to play this Wednesday, apart from not having trained to play this match, having an annoying sore throat.
Tyler Herro with 30 points and six rebounds in 38 minutes was the man of the game, but with the loss they spoiled the night.
Duncan Robinson scored five of the seven 3-pointers he tried and walked away with 19 points in 16 minutes.
Goran Dragic repeated as the starting point guard and was unstoppable with 16 points, five rebounds and six assists in 22 minutes.
And Solomon Hill in 24 minutes left with 10 points.
Jae Crowder (3) played just eight minutes after receiving a severe blow to the right knee when colliding with Luguentz Dort (2) early in the second quarter. Do, who also had to leave the party.
For OKC, Darius Bazley with 21 points, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander with 18 points, Danilo Gallinari with 14, Abdal Nadel with 13, Chris Paul with 12 and Hamidou Diallo with 11 stood out.
Miami shot 57.5 percent (47.4% in triples) thus dominating the first half, which in all fairness ended in their favor 66-62, although in the end they loosened on defense and allowed Oklahoma to also take the second quarter.
With 16 points from Robinson and 10 from Dragic, the Heat comfortably won the first quarter 42-29 after a very even opening few bars.
The Thunder ripped off the second with a 7-0 run, but Miami reacted and not only leveled the fourth but took a 14-point lead, with 14 units from Herro, before crashing at the end and allowing OKC with a 10-0 run led by Gilgeous-Alexander will take the partial 33-24 and if it came within four points on the scoreboard.
The Heat fired up in the third where Meyers Leonard made his debut, substituting for the injured Crowder and the less usual finished the job, winning the quarter 34-20 to sentence the game 100-82.
With 18 points of advantage in the last quarter and the Thunder’s substitutes were much better than Miami’s non-regulars – Gabe Vicent, Hill, Chris Silva, Meyers, accompanied by Herro- which allowed them to overcome a game that had no significance. and that as a more negative note had the blow suffered by Crowder in the knee.