Surprising as it might be, his basket Friday was the first time in his 236 games with the Heat Dragic made what turned out to be the decisive basket with under 30 seconds to play in regulation or overtime.
Ellington’s 17 three-point attempts Wednesday are tied with James Harden for the second-most in a game this season. Brooklyn’s Allen Crabbe attempted 18 threes in a game versus the Pelicans on Feb. 10.
In Wednesday’s loss Goran Dragic should have gone to the foul line with 10.5 seconds left and Miami clinging to a 110-109 lead after replays showed Kings rookie De’Aaron Fox made contact with Dragic’s arm, affecting his control of the ball.
With a loss Friday, the Heat would have a road losing streak reach double digits in the same season for only the fifth time in franchise history. The last time Miami lost more than nine consecutive road games was in 2008.
A series of bad losses against lottery teams kept the Heat out of the playoffs last season. It probably won’t this season because the Detroit Pistons (30-37) trail Miami (36-33) by five games and still have a series of tough road games left to play.
Of the bottom six teams in the Eastern Conference playoff picture, the Miami Heat owns the second-easiest remaining schedule behind the Philadelphia 76ers, whom ESPN projects to finish 47-35 and third in the East, one spot ahead of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Justise Winslow, the third-year forward out of Duke, matched a career-high with 13 rebounds Monday and finished with 15 points in a loss to Portland. Since Feb. 8, he leads the Heat in plus/minus (+85)
Over the weekend, Dwyane Wade announced he and his wife, actress Gabrielle Union, were donating $200,000 to help pay for students from his hometown of Chicago to join the gun control rally led by Douglas students scheduled for March 24.