Wayne Ellington’s North Carolina flashback burned the Miami Heat 104-86 on Sunday.
Ellington scored 25 points off the bench, shooting a staggering 7-of-11 from downtown to give the Memphis Grizzlies their fifth straight win. As a whole, the Grizz sunk 14 three-pointers compared Miami’s four. And that was the difference in the ballgame.
Memphis’ barrage of threes made up for Marc Gasol’s poor evening. While the Spaniard inhaled 10 boards and dished out six dimes, he still only scored two points on 1-of-6 shooting.
Given that—with LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Shane Battier—size is the Heat’s frontcourt’s greatest weakness, you’d tend to believe that if they shut down the opponent’s center, they’d dominate. That didn’t happen, though, as Gasol’s forgettable performance was canceled out by Dwyane Wade’s.
D-Wade shot just 3-of-15 from the field, scoring a pitiful eight points. Ray Allen couldn’t pick up Wade’s slack either, finishing with just five points after shooting 2-of-7.
While Miami is the No. 1 ranked scoring team in the NBA, it’s shown plenty of vulnerability. In its two losses, it’s only managed to drop an average of 85 points.
David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.