Sports update: Heat stars flub game's last minutes, Danica makes history
The Heat's LeBron James and Dwyane Wade missed crucial points in a game against the Bulls.
March 7th, 2011
12:42 PM ET

Sports update: Heat stars flub game's last minutes, Danica makes history

This is starting to become a habit for the Miami Heat. The team saw another close game slip out of their hands Sunday in the final seconds when stars LeBron James and Dwyane Wade missed shots that could have tipped the match-up in the team's favor. The Chicago Bulls won with a 87-86 victory, making them No. 3 in the Big East. Those missed opportunities by James and Wade were the 12th and 13th consecutive shots that could have tied the game or put the Heat on top in the final seconds of the game or overtime. While few would contest the talent on the Heat roster or their scoring ability but when it comes to actually sealing the deal in crucial moments of games, the team has struggled.

"I told my team, I'm not going to continue to fail late in games," James recently said. "I put a lot of blame on myself tonight. I told the guys that I just keep failing them late in games and I won't continue to do that."

The players' performance against the Bulls marked the Heat's fourth-straight loss. A three-pointer and lay up courtesy of Mario Chalmers put the Heat up 86-84 with just 25 seconds left. A foul called against Mike Miller turned the ball over to the Bulls and Luol Deng made two free throws to push Chicago ahead. When the ball made its way back to the Heat, James missed a lay up, which was rebounded by Wade. Unfortunately for the Heat, Wade missed the shot as time expired.

"The Miami Heat are exactly what everyone wanted, losing games," Wade remarked sarcastically. "The world is better now because the Heat is losing."

So what exactly is going on with the Heat? While it may not be time to panic just yet, the team's closing troubles will come back to bite them if their star players are unable to step up their clutch playing.

There is plenty more NBA action tonight: Utah Jazz vs. New York Knicks - Knicks fans will be waiting to see if Carmelo Anthony takes the court after getting knocked around during New York's game against Atlanta. If he does, look for the Knicks to give Utah quite a challenge.

By The Numbers

18.5 - Ben Hansbrough scoring average this season, that helped the Fighting Irish to finish in second-place behind Pittsburgh. Hansbrough was the sole unanimous selection for the All-Big East team.

4th - Finish that driver Danica Patrick notched at this weekend's Nationwide stop in Las Vegas. Patrick made history by earning the highest NASCAR finish by a woman in a national series race. Tim Tuttle takes a look at Patrick's NASCAR future.

$15 million - Amount of Matt Thornton's contract with the White Sox. The left hander signed the three-year contract Sunday.

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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Cesar

    Yahhhh Bulls, even if they won by only one point. $15 million-Too much.

    March 7, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |

    Has Danica even won a race? Only 4th place finishes? Why is she such a marketing tool then? Lol I hate auto racing anyways. Left turn, left turn, left turn, left turn. Repeat.. Zzzzz zzzz

    March 7, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Klaatu

      Have you seen her without that racing suit on? ZOMG!!

      March 7, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Cesar

    We need a pay czar to come and decide how much athletes, entertainers and business professionals can earn. Enough is enough with people getting rich off their talents and hard work! Viva MAO! My favorite scene in a movie was the russian roulette scene in The Deer Hunter. MAO! MAO!

    March 7, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  4. RuffNutt

    Yea, Cesar, too bad you weren't in it with live ammo. Hey, how about a re-make?

    March 7, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  5. mac

    LeBron James tweeted: 20+ games left in phase 2. I'm ReFOCUSED! No prisoners, I have no friends when at WAR besides my Soldiers.

    LeQUIT is the dumbest Athlete on the Planet. The real Soldiers are not NBA players. Idiot.

    March 7, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Stalin

    @Klaatu: She's ok I'd be happy having a gf that looked like her, and if she wins a race then I will be even happier for her, but I think the gimmick has worn off. Also she kinda walks bolegged. Maybe hours of having a stick between her legs shifted her hip joints?

    March 7, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dan

    You think it would be obvious that an article would have a picture of the ACTUAL NBA game the article (and the picture caption) talks about...

    but maybe not.

    March 7, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |