The Miami Heat extended their winning streak to 13 by notching a 98-91 win over the Memphis Grizzlies at home on Friday night.
It wasn't easy for the Heat. Memphis utilized a physical defense to slow down the Heat's offensive attack but it wasn't enough to keep the Heat from seizing the game in the fourth quarter.
LeBron James was "contained" for most of the game. He struggled for most of the contest and was held to a season-low 4-of-14 from the field, but he still wound up with 18 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds. Dwyane Wade stepped up in a big way with 22 points and eight assists on 9-of-16 shooting.
The Grizzlies kept the game competitive thanks to a great effort from Marc Gasol. The Spanish big man dominated the paint with 24 points and nine rebounds while going a perfect 8-of-8 from the free-throw line.
In the end it wasn't enough as the Heat were simply too clutch to be denied down the stretch. Their dominant win streak continues.
Player of the Game: Shane Battier
When LeBron James struggles from the field (it doesn't happen often), it's imperative that the Heat have role players who will step up. As usual, Battier was key to the Heat's success in this one.
The reserve forward sprung for 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting from three-point range and dished out two assists, including a beautiful wraparound to Chris Bosh for the layup that put the Heat up for good with just over two minutes left.
It doesn't always show up in the stat sheet, but Battier is a huge reason for the Heat's success, and he proved that in this game.
What's Next for the Memphis Grizzlies?
The Grizzlies will look to bounce back on Sunday when they travel to Orlando to take on the Magic.
What's Next for the Miami Heat?
The Heat will look to continue their reign atop the league when they travel to New York to play the Knicks on Sunday.