Rudy Gay scored a career-high 41 points, Marc Gasol made all seven of his shots on the way to a 16-point, 15-rebound effort, and the Memphis Grizzlies got their biggest road win in more than two years by topping the suddenly struggling Heat, 118-90, last night in Miami.
“I just wanted to make my presence known,’’ Gay said.
Gay made 15 of 28 shots, topping his previous career best by 5 points.
“It’s anger, it’s disappointment, and embarrassment,’’ said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, who held a long postgame meeting with his team, as some players vented to one another and Dwyane Wade (25 points) sat back and listened, taking it all in without a word. “These are some of the best opportunities to grow as a team, when you get embarrassed and you get your tail handed to you.’’
The Grizzlies can attest to that.
Memphis lost eight of its first nine games this season, six of those by double figures. A team meeting was called, and the Grizzlies are 9-5 since.
The Heat, now 6-7 at home and losers in six of their last eight overall, can only hope that works for them.
“We all have to come in tomorrow with a different mindset,’’ said Wade. “When you look at the game film, when you look at yourself, you’ve got to know how you can help this team get better and compete. Tonight, we didn’t compete.’’
Cavaliers 102, Thunder 89 - LeBron James scored a season-high 44 points and Mo Williams hit a backbreaking halfcourt shot in the fourth quarter to help visiting Cleveland close out Oklahoma City.
Williams tracked down the ball after Thabo Sefolosha had tipped it into the backcourt, then turned and fired a 48-footer with coach Mike Brown yelling to him as the shot clock ran down. The shot earned him a look of disbelief and a congratulatory hand slap from James, and it gave Cleveland its largest lead to that point, 94-87.
Raptors 101, Rockets 88 - Chris Bosh scored 27 points and Hedo Turkoglu had a season-high 23 as host Toronto topped Houston to snap a two-game losing streak.
Trevor Ariza, the Rockets’ leading scorer, was ejected with 3:47 left in the third quarter for swinging his arm at rookie DeMar DeRozan following a steal. Ariza finished with 1 point in 26 minutes.
Hawks 130, Nets 107 - Maurice Evans scored 22 points, and Joe Johnson added 21 points and 10 assists to help host Atlanta win its fourth straight.
Spurs 115, Clippers 90 - Tim Duncan scored 21 points before sitting out the fourth quarter, Richard Jefferson and Manu Ginobili each had 17, and San Antonio routed host Los Angeles.