Despite an uncharacteristically poor shooting night for LeBron James, the Miami Heat extended their league-best winning streak to 13 games by defeating the visiting Memphis Grizzlies, 98-91.
James shot just 4-of-14 on the night, but did bury his final attempt, a dagger three that gave the Heat a four-point lead with just 24 seconds left in the game. He finished with 18 points and 10 assists, but clearly wasn't quite right.
Thanks to a brilliant game by Shane Battier, who hit four of his five three point attempts and pulled down two key rebounds in the late going, Miami overcame James' off night. As a team, the Heat managed to shoot nearly 47 percent against the Grizzlies' stifling defense.
Memphis lost for the first time in eight games, and its failure was largely attributable to a complete lack of offense. The Grizzlies shot just 43 percent from the floor and hit just 4-of-13 from long range.
Marc Gasol led the Grizz with 24 points and nine rebounds, but his frontcourt mate, Zach Randolph, wasn't quite himself after spraining his ankle on the first possession of the game. Z-Bo finished with 14 points and nine boards, but his mobility looked especially limited after halftime.
The Heat have to be encouraged by a big win over a strong opponent on a night when James clearly didn't have his "A" game. With a couple of cupcake games ahead, there's a good chance Miami's winning streak continues for a good long while.
Heat 98, Grizzlies 91—Final Score