MIAMI (AP) — Aaron Gordon and the Orlando Magic added to Miami’s rising level of frustration.
Gordon scored 20 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, Nikola Vucevic finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds and the Magic rode the strength of a big third quarter to take control and beat the Heat 105-90 on Tuesday night.
Gordon had 16 of his points in the third as Orlando outscored Miami 30-12, the Magic turning what was a four-point halftime deficit into a 14-point lead. Most Miami fans started heading to the exits with a few minutes left, and Heat centre Hassan Whiteside left for the locker room with 40.5 seconds remaining.
“Probably extremely upset, like we all are right now,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said, after his team dropped to 9-14.
Whiteside wasn’t available for comment after the game. A team official said Whiteside went upstairs to the team’s practice court after the game to shoot free throws after going zero for two on Tuesday — dropping him to a staggering four for his last 28 from the foul line over the last six-plus games, a 14.3 per cent clip.
His free throws aren’t why Miami lost, but merely just one of many things going wrong for the Heat right now.
“I thought our offence just stunk tonight,” Heat guard Dwyane Wade said.
Miami had won two straight, but Wade said the same approach that the Heat had in those victories over New Orleans and Utah wasn’t there against Orlando.
“It didn’t feel like a game,” Wade said. “It didn’t feel like the last two games, when we needed wins because we were struggling.”