For the Orlando Magic, Thursday’s comeback from 24 points down in Miami was huge. For the Miami Heat, it was epic. And not in a good way.
With the 99-96 loss to the Magic, the Heat are now 2-12 in games decided by five points or less. And like with many of their other close losses, what we’ll probably remember from this one was a failed offensive possession at the end.
In general, the Heat are a very good offensive team, and they weren’t all that bad down the stretch on Thursday. But when they absolutely needed a bucket on the final possession, they came up empty.
Miami Heat offensive efficiency
|Last 5 min. of 4th or OT, 5 pt. game or closer||117.7||5||0.403|
|Last 3 min. of 4th or OT, 3 pt. game or closer||107.1||18||0.329|
|Last 30 sec. of 4th or OT, Tied or down 1-3||95.0||13||0.174|
Off. Eff. = Points scored per 100 possessions
Miami’s efficiency isn’t terrible because the Heat are one of the best teams in the league in getting to the free-throw line. But when it comes to actually making a shot from the field, they’ve been awful, connecting on just 4 of their 23 shots with a tie game or when they’re down 1-3 points in the final 30 seconds of the fourth quarter or OT.
They’re 2-for-13 from 3-point range in that situation and 2-for-8 inside the arc. Six different Heat players have taken a shot when they absolutely needed a bucket, and none of them can really say they’ve come through in the clutch.
Heat shooting, last 30 seconds, tied or down 1-3