NBA Game Summary - Denver at Miami|
(Friday, March 14th)
Final Score: Denver 111, Miami 107
Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Kenneth Faried had 24 points and 10 rebounds
to lead the way as the Denver Nuggets dealt the sputtering Miami Heat a
111-107 loss at American Airlines Arena.
Darrell Arthur added 18 points off the bench on 7-of-11 shooting to help the
Nuggets record back-to-back victories for the first time since Feb. 3-5, while
handing the two-time defending NBA champion Heat consecutive home losses for
the first time since the 2010-11 season.
Miami, which has now dropped five of six overall, was coming off a 96-95
setback to visiting Brooklyn on Wednesday.
"We haven't been in a stretch like this since probably the 2010-11 season,"
said Heat guard Dwyane Wade. "When we were in that stretch, we had to figure
it out. It's the same thing with this. Something is off with this team. We as
a unit got to figure out what's off."
Denver's reserves outscored the Heat's by a 57-40 margin on the night, with
Evan Fournier chipping in 14 points and J.J. Hickson compiling 11 points and
"It was a complete team effort," Nuggets head coach Brian Shaw remarked.
Ray Allen paced Miami with 22 points while going 5-of-7 from 3-point range,
with LeBron James tallying 21 points and Wade 19.
The Heat appeared on their way to reversing their recent fortunes after
roaring out to a 38-24 lead with just over three minutes elapsed in the second
quarter. However, Fournier dropped in eight points and Arthur five to
spearhead a 22-4 run that put the Nuggets up by a 46-42 count with four
minutes left in the half.
"I rolled with [the second unit] basically the whole second quarter because
they had a nice rhythm going," said Shaw.
Denver owned a 58-53 advantage at the break and stretched the margin with a
strong third quarter, shooting 50 percent for the period and opening it with a
10-1 spurt. The Nuggets cruised into the fourth holding an 85-71 cushion
following Faried's putback slam of a Fournier miss just before the buzzer.
The Heat remained behind by double digits with less than seven minutes to go,
but Allen made three straight free throws to spark a 7-0 push that cut the
deficit to 94-90 at the midway mark of the final frame. It was a three-point
game with 1:24 remaining after Chris Bosh threw down a dunk off a Denver
turnover, following back-to-back treys from Allen and Mario Chalmers.
After Faried hit a pair of free throws, James went just 1-of-2 from the line
and missed a 3-point try on Miami's next possession. The reigning league MVP
did make both foul shots to pull his team within 107-104 with 17.1 seconds
left, but Randy Foye and Faried combined to make four straight free throws
that sealed the outcome.
Miami last lost consecutive games at home on Feb. 25 and 27, 2011, dropping
verdicts to Washington and the Knicks ... Denver had lost in each of its last
three visits to AmericanAirlines Arena since a 99-82 win there on Feb. 10,
2009 ... Ty Lawson finished with 13 points and nine assists for the Nuggets
... Chalmers ended with 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting ... The Heat committed
20 turnovers that were converted into 22 points.
03/15 01:01:48 ET