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Paul Pierce reacts after he makes the go-ahead shot to beat Miami in double overtime.
It's amazing what a championship can do. There has been little to no conversation in the 2012-13 season about how Miami can't win the close games or hit the big shot.
Well, to be fair, nothing has really changed.
So far this season, Miami seems to either blow out the opponent or get blown out. But in the few situations the Heat have taken the final shot to tie or take the lead, it's a brick more often than not.
The Heat are 5-4 so far in games decided by four points or less.
Miami's only game-winning shot with less than 10 seconds remaining, was against Denver when Ray Allen hit a three-pointer plus the foul with six seconds left. LeBron James also hit a game-tying three with seven seconds left at Boston, but the Heat eventually lost in double overtime.
The Heat's inability to execute on the last play is slowly coming back to life. LeBron James clanked an open three-pointer at Washington in a loss. Chris Bosh missed a wild shot at the end of regulation at Orlando. Mario Chalmers lipped out a wide open three at Portland to cap off a horrific collapse.
Now in Miami's last game against Sacramento at home, Dwyane Wade missed a contested jumper in regulation before LeBron James had his shot blocked in the paint in the first overtime.
Most of the time, the Heat take care of business early enough or pull off a significant enough comeback in the fourth quarter so this situation won't come up. Also, it's not like Miami should be expected to make every last-second shot.
Nevertheless, when you lead the NBA in field goal percentage and have that many shooters and playmakers, this is getting borderline ridiculous.