The Miami Heat led by nine points going into the fourth quarter before the New Orleans Pelicans stormed back for a 104-102 win on Friday.
The game was tied at the half and after three quarters of play, it appeared that Miami could have a third win in a row on the way. Things changed in the final quarter however and the winning basket was made with 25 seconds left.
The loss drops the Heat to 25-32 on the season and it kept them from going over .500 on the road. Playing away from Miami, the Heat are now 15-16 which is still far better than their 10-16 mark at American Airlines Arena.
Dwyane Wade had a rough time shooting the ball in this one. The All-Star was only 4-16 on his attempts and also turned the ball over four times. Wade did move the ball around though with his eight assists.
Goran Dragic had a strong game with 20 points and five assists. Thus far Dragic has improved Miami's offense which had seen struggles from multiple point guards this year. Dragic also was efficient making nine of his 13 tries from the field.
Henry Walker who is still on a 10-day contract contributed a lot of minutes off the bench once again. Walker played 31 minutes and tallied 16 points and three rebounds along the way. It is likely that Walker will remain with the team going forward.
Making his return to the Heat, Michael Beasley came off the bench for seven points in ten minutes. Beasley could see a bump in those minutes if his play warrants it. The veteran is also on a 10-day deal himself.
Miami will look to get back into the win column on Saturday back home against the Atlanta Hawks at 7:30 p.m.