Johnson scores 23 to help Heat beat reeling Grizzlies 115-89
ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 25, 2018 11:03 AM
Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic (7) defends against Memphis Grizzlies guard Myke Henry (4) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Miami on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Gaston De Cardenas)
By Steven Wine, Associated Press
MIAMI (AP) — Tyler Johnson scored 23 points to lead six players in double figures, and the Miami Heat stopped a three-game slide when they beat the reeling Memphis Grizzlies 115-89 on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time).
The Grizzlies lost their ninth game in a row, the longest active streak in the NBA, and their second in as many nights.
Justise Winslow scored a season-high 17 points for the Heat. Reserve Wayne Ellington went 5-for-10 from three-point range and scored 15.
Miami's Dwyane Wade was limited to 18 minutes by foul trouble and scored six points. But the Heat, scrambling for a playoff berth, still managed to win for only the second time in the past 10 games.
Andrew Harrison scored 17 points for the Grizzlies, who played without leading scorer Tyreke Evans. He'll undergo a precautionary MRI Sunday (Monday, PHL time) on his injured right ribs.
The Heat took the lead for good at 28-26. Their margin reached 92-70 by the end of the third quarter.
Miami outscored Memphis 50-30 in the paint, 13-2 on fast breaks and 26-8 off turnovers.
Heat: Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) missed his sixth consecutive game.
Grizzlies: C Marc Gasol (coach's decision) missed only his second game. F Chandler Parsons (illness) sat out.
Heat: The blowout came after Miami lost the previous three games by a total of six points.
Grizzlies: Fell to 0-9 on the road since Jan. 1 (Jan. 2, PHL time), and 0-9 on the road against the Eastern Conference this season. They are 3-18 against the East overall. ... The Grizzles fell to 3-35 when trailing to start the fourth quarter.
The Heat paid tribute to the victims of the Florida school shooting with a scoreboard video, and Wade praised the students campaigning for gun safety. "You are our nation's inspiration," he said. "We salute you and we support you."
Heat: Host Philadelphia on Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time) in the second game of a five-game homestand.
Grizzlies: Visit Boston on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time).