The Miami Heat (10-22) were defeated by the Oklahoma City Thunder (20-12) at home 106-94. With Goran Dragic, Josh McRoberts, and Dion Waiters out for the game, this was a very tough matchup for the Miami Heat. The Oklahoma City Thunders has been led by their MVP candidate, Russell Westbrook. Westbrook came into Miami with 14 triple-doubles on the year. Even with the loss of Kevin Durant, the OKC Thunder have been one of the top teams in the Western Conference. The Miami Heat have had their issues with staying healthy and consistency. Here is the recap of the Heat-Thunder game.
Oklahoma City Thunder
The Oklahoma City Thunder’s starting lineup against the Miami Heat featured Russell Westbrook at point guard, Anthony Morrow at shooting guard, Domantas Sabonis at small forward, Andre Roberson at power forward and Steven Adams at center. Russell Westbrook messed around and got his 15th triple-double of the season. Westbrook had 29 points with 17 rebounds and 11 assists. Steven Adams had 15 points with 8 rebounds and 2 blocks. His backup center, Enes Kanter, dropped 19 points and 8 rebounds. The OKC bench had 3 players (Enes Kanter, Jerami Grant and Alex Abrines) score in the double digits. Grant had 10 points and Abrines had 14 points.
The Miami Heat’s starting lineup against the Oklahoma City Thunder featured Josh Richardson at point guard, Rodney McGruder at shooting guard, Justise Winslow at small forward, Derrick Williams at power forward and Hassan Whiteside as the man in the middle. Josh Richardson led the Heat in scoring with 22 points. He also added 5 rebounds and 3 assists to his box score. Hassan Whiteside struggled mightily as he only scored 12 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. James Johnson was on fire for the Heat off the bench with 16 points and 5 rebounds. Tyler Johnson dropped 15 points for the Heat off the bench. Tyler continues to earn the $50 million he got in the past offseason. The Heat continue to struggle with their free throws as they only made 71.4% of their free throws.
The Miami Heat will take a day off before they have to travel to Charlotte, North Carolina to take on the Hornets. The Hornets are have a 10-6 record at home this season. The Miami Heat have had their issues away from home as they have a 5-10 record away from home. Kemba Walker leads the Charlotte Hornets in scoring with 22.3 point per game. Nicolas Batum leads the Hornets in rebounds per game with 7.5 and in assists per game with 5.7. This is the first road game of the Heat’s quick road before the end of the year. The Miami Heat versus Charlotte Hornets game will play on December 29th at 7pm EST.