Memphis Grizzlies vs. Miami Heat: Postgame Grades and Analysis for Miami

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Memphis Grizzlies vs. Miami Heat: Postgame Grades and Analysis for Miami
Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Heat didn't put their best foot forward Friday night against the Memphis Grizzlies, but they still got their 13th straight win, beating the Grizzlies, 98-91.

The Heat snapped the Grizzlies' eight-game winning streak, and they did so in spite of a very slow start from LeBron James—who had just four points in the first three quarters.

Fighting off a rough start, LeBron scored 14 points in the fourth quarter and hit a pivotal three-ball to put the Heat up four points with 24 seconds left in the game.

It's certainly encouraging to see the Heat win a close game, especially with LeBron amping up his play when it counted the most.

The Heat weren't perfect, though, giving up 24 points to Marc Gasol and letting the Grizzlies hang around for the entire game.

Friday night's close, physical and somewhat-ugly win against Memphis was a great warm-up for the Heat's Sunday showdown with the New York Knicks, and it was a solid win overall.

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