MIAMI (AP) — Rodney McGruder was having a quiet night.
And in a span of 22 seconds, everything changed.
Josh Richardson scored 20 points to lead a club record-tying eight Miami players...
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Hassan Whiteside may not be a starter right now, but he proved that isn't going to keep him from having a major impact for the Heat.
MIAMI (AP) — Dwyane Wade got into the record book for defense.
And he saved the Miami Heat with offense.
Wade scored 14 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter and the Heat won their...
Dragic, Jones Jr. practice, set to return to Heat rotation
MIAMI (AP) — Goran Dragic and Derrick Jones Jr. are on their way back to the Miami Heat rotation.
Both practiced Wednesday and are available for Miami's game at Philadelphia on Thursday....
NBA says key call was missed late in Heat-Warriors game
MIAMI (AP) — Golden State's Kevin Durant should have been called for a discontinued dribble on the Warriors' final possession of what became their 120-118 win over the Miami Heat, the NBA said Monday in a report detailing all calls made in the last 2 minutes of the game.
Golden State made a pair of free throws on that possession, the final points of the game.
Thunder win 7th straight, roll past Heat 118-102
MIAMI (AP) — Paul George has endured some rough nights in Miami.
Friday was not one of them.
George scored 43 points and had a career-high 10 3-pointers, Dennis Schroder scored 24 of his 28 points in the second quarter and the Oklahoma City Thunder extended the NBA's longest current winning streak to seven games by beating the Miami Heat 118-102.
Winslow scores 27, leads Heat past Cavaliers 100-94
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Miami Heat looked like a different team in the second half Friday night.
Trailing at the break, Miami took over in the final two quarters and defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 100-94.
"The starters have taken some heat, no pun intended, and they wanted to come out and show what they can do," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.
Justise Winslow scored 27 points and Hassan Whiteside had 14 points and 13 rebounds.
The Heat leader: Spoelstra passes Riley on Miami games list
MIAMI (AP) — Erik Spoelstra still vividly remembers getting a short speech from his father, a sage piece of advice that came about a year into his time in the employ of the Miami Heat.
Heat fine Dion Waiters for postgame expletive-laden comments
BIRMINGHAM, Michigan (AP) — The Miami Heat have fined Dion Waiters an undisclosed amount for his expletive-laden comments about playing time earlier this week.
Waiters made the comments to reporters from two South Florida newspapers after Miami's lopsided loss in Milwaukee on Tuesday night. The Heat were off Wednesday and announced the fine Thursday.
"We fined him and we addressed it as a team," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.
Antetokounmpo has triple-double as Bucks crush Heat 124-86
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Held well below his season scoring average, Giannis Antetokounmpo found other ways to help the Milwaukee Bucks win.
Antetokounmpo had 12 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in his fourth triple-double of the season, and the Bucks cruised past the Miami Heat 124-86 on Tuesday night.
Antetokounmpo, who averages nearly 27 points, took just nine shots as the Bucks benefited from having seven players score in double figures.
Wade scores 19, Heat hold off Celtics 115-99
MIAMI (AP) — Dwyane Wade knew the Boston Celtics would make a run.
Heat get back over .500, top Wizards 115-109
MIAMI (AP) — For the first time since October, the Miami Heat walked off the court with a winning record.
Hassan Whiteside scored 21 points and grabbed 18 rebounds, Josh Richardson added 18 points and the Heat scrambled in the final minutes to hold off the Washington Wizards 115-109 on Friday night and move to 19-18, getting over the .500 mark for the first time since Oct. 27.
Richardson leads Wade-less Heat past Cavaliers, 117-92
CLEVELAND (AP) — Dwyane Wade's absence was no problem for the Miami Heat on Wednesday night.
With Wade sitting out because of an illness, Josh Richardson led seven players in double figures with 24 points and Miami rolled past the Cleveland Cavaliers 117-92.
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra wasn't surprised so many players made key contributions without their third-leading scorer.
Heat’s Wade out against Cavaliers with illness
CLEVELAND (AP) — Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade is out against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night because of an illness.
Wade played in 46 games last season with Cleveland, where he was reunited with long-time friend LeBron James, before being traded to Miami. He has announced he will retire after the season — his 16th in the NBA.
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said several Miami players have been under the weather in recent days.
Winslow, Adebayo lead Heat past Cavs, 118-94
MIAMI (AP) — Justise Winslow is in a groove.
Winslow had 24 points and 11 rebounds and the Miami Heat beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 118-94 on Friday night.
"You can tell the game is now slowing down for him and once the game slows down for you, it's scary how good you can be. So we all are enjoying it," Heat guard Dwyane Wade said.
Heat beat Magic 115-91, Spoelstra gets 500th coaching win
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — It was a 500 kind of night for the Miami Heat, who got their record back to .500 and delivered coach Erik Spoelstra his 500th coaching victory.
Tyler Johnson scored 20 of his 25 points in the third quarter as Miami defeated the Orlando Magic 115-91 and ran its winning streak to five games.
Justise Winslow added 22 points and Josh Richardson finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds for Miami, which beat Orlando for the first time in three tries this season and improved to 16-16.
Heat clamp down on Giannis, top Bucks 94-87
MIAMI (AP) — This is what Miami coach Erik Spoelstra means when he says he wants everyone involved.
This was one play for the Heat in the final moments Saturday night: James Johnson blocked a 3-point try by Milwaukee's Khris Middleton, the ball ricocheting to Justise Winslow, who knocked it to Josh Richardson, who tipped it to Dwyane Wade, who then tapped it forward to Richardson for a dunk.
Moore returns for Pelicans against Heat
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry says guard E'Twaun Moore is ready to return from a lower leg strain that sidelined him for two games and is expected to play Sunday night against Miami.
Gentry says forward Nikola Mirotic is missing his second straight game with a right ankle injury.
Moore, who has started all but three of 27 games in which he has played, has averaged 14 points per game this season. Recently he shifted into primary reserve role.
Richardson, Olynyk lead late rally as Heat beat Grizzlies
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Miami Heat didn't let a bad loss in their last game linger to the point of making a six-game road trip more troublesome.
Relying on 3-point shooting during a 13-2 run in the middle stages of the fourth quarter, the Heat went on to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 100-97 on Friday night, snapping a two-game skid.
Dwyane Wade set to reach 1,000 career games
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dwyane Wade never thought he would play 1,000 games.
And he's unsure what the milestone will mean.
Wade is in line to become the 15th active player to appear in 1,000 regular-season games, the milestone he'll hit assuming he plays Saturday night when the Miami Heat visit the Los Angeles Clippers.
"I don't even know the significance of 1,000 games," Wade said. "I don't know if it's a big deal. I think it's just another number."
Gordon scores 20, Magic run away to top Heat 105-90
MIAMI (AP) — Aaron Gordon and the Orlando Magic added to Miami's rising level of frustration.
Gordon scored 20 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, Nikola Vucevic finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds and the Magic rode the strength of a big third quarter to take control and beat the Heat 105-90 on Tuesday night.
Heat go up 31, then scramble to top Pelicans 106-101
MIAMI (AP) — A new look on the court and some really old looks on the sidelines were exactly what the Miami Heat needed.
Richardson has 12-point in 4th, leads Heat past Bulls
CHICAGO (AP) — Erik Spoelstra gave the ball to Josh Richardson.
Richardson scored 12 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter and Hassan Whiteside had 18 points and 10 rebounds to help the Miami Heat beat the Chicago Bulls 103-96 on Friday night.
Spoelstra decided to go without Dwyane Wade in the closing minutes.
NBA fines Miami’s Josh Richardson $25,000 for shoe toss
MIAMI (AP) — Josh Richardson's shoe toss was predictably costly.
The NBA fined the Miami Heat guard $25,000 on Monday, one day after he threw one of his sneakers several rows into the stands midway through the fourth quarter of a loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.
Richardson was ejected as part of that outburst, which started after he thought he got fouled moments earlier and nothing was called. It was a frustrating night in many respects for the Heat, who lost 113-97 and fell to 6-10 on the season.
Heat beat Nets 120-107 to end three-game losing streak
NEW YORK (AP) — The Miami Heat were eager to rediscover their defense after their poor recent performances.
They did it rather easily against a team beginning life without its leading scorer.
Tyler Johnson scored a season-high 24 points, Goran Dragic had 21 and the Heat beat the short-handed Brooklyn Nets 120-107 on Wednesday night to snap a three-game losing streak.
Whiteside dominates, Heat top Spurs 95-88
MIAMI (AP) — Hassan Whiteside wants a recount.
Even if that doesn't happen, he finally knows what it's like to beat San Antonio.
Whiteside had 29 points, 20 rebounds and an NBA season-high nine blocked shots — he thinks it was 10, and some of his teammates and coaches feel the same way. That was all the Miami Heat had to fret about Wednesday night, after they snapped a four-year drought against San Antonio by beating the Spurs 95-88.
Heat score 45 in the third and roll past Knicks, 110-87
MIAMI (AP) — The Heat took advantage of a third-quarter stoppage in play Wednesday to show a video montage of highlights from Chris Bosh's years with the team, including his championship moments.
Heat have high expectations in Dwyane Wade’s final season
MIAMI (AP) — There was no need for introductions when the Miami Heat got to work this season.
Spoelstra’s new challenge: Combining coaching and fatherhood
Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra has never been through a training camp like this.
Spoelstra's rule for training camp has usually been that there's a strict players-only policy at team events. He even has preferred getting out of Miami for camp, just so the team can be around each other without distraction.
Heat, Spoelstra look at camp as extension of last season
BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — Part of Miami coach Erik Spoelstra's annual mandate to players, whether a 16-year veteran like Dwyane Wade or a second-year guy like Bam Adebayo, is to evolve.
AP source: Haslem, Heat agree on 1-year deal for 16th season
MIAMI (AP) — Udonis Haslem is barely given the chance to play anymore, and the Miami Heat wanted him back anyway.
That's how much they value his presence.
A person with knowledge of the negotiations said Haslem and the Heat have agreed on a one-year, $2.4 million contract that will keep him with his hometown team for a 16th season. The person spoke to The Associated Press Thursday on condition of anonymity because the contract has not been signed, though that last detail is now merely a formality.
Udonis Haslem having talks with Heat, deciding on return
MIAMI (AP) — Udonis Haslem is creating jobs, while working toward getting his Miami Heat job back for another season.
Haslem has had talks with the Heat in recent days as he continues working through the process of deciding whether to return for a 16th season. There is no timetable for a decision, but there are now indications that he is clearly leaning toward a return.
MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Heat have promoted Adam Simon to vice president of player personnel, where he will now oversee all aspects of the team's scouting operation.
Simon will be replacing Chet Kammerer, who asked for a reduced role after 22 years with the franchise. Kammerer will remain as a scout and advisor to Heat President Pat Riley, general manager Andy Elisburg and coach Erik Spoelstra.
Simon will oversee scouting at the pro, college, G League and international levels.
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Knicks have hired former NBA coach Keith Smart and three others as assistants on David Fizdale's coaching staff.
Jud Buechler, Pat Sullivan and Royal Ivey were also added Thursday to join Fizdale, who was hired last month to replace Jeff Hornacek.
Smart coached Cleveland, Golden State and Sacramento and was most recently an assistant to Fizdale, and later J.B. Bickerstaff, in Memphis. He also was an assistant along with Fizdale in Miami, working under Erik Spoelstra.
NEW YORK (AP) — David Fizdale is coming back to coaching as the latest pick of the New York Knicks to turn around their franchise.
The Knicks agreed to hire Fizdale on Thursday, a person with knowledge of the details said.
The former Memphis Grizzlies coach will replace Jeff Hornacek, who was fired last month after two seasons.
Whiteside a non-factor for Heat again
MIAMI (AP) — Hassan Whiteside's numbers are down. He's trying not to be the same way.
Game 3 of the Eastern Conference first-round series was difficult on many levels for Miami's center. He was in foul trouble throughout, finished with only five points and was largely a nonfactor in his team's 128-108 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday night.
Whiteside has a total of 11 points in three playoff games this season, after averaging 14 points in the regular season.
Spurs, Heat looking for bounce-back efforts in Game 2
Gregg Popovich and Erik Spoelstra have copious amounts of championship jewelry in their possessions, and their teams committing to the level of defense necessary to win in the postseason is a major reason why that's the case.
Vastly improved defense will be what both coaches demand — or at least hope for — on Monday.
Ellington sets Heat record, Miami tops Toronto 116-109
MIAMI (AP) — Here were the two primary goals for the Miami Heat on the final night of the regular season: Beat the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, and get Wayne Ellington into the team record book.
Done, and done.
Ellington scored a career-high 32 points while setting Miami's single-season record for 3-pointers, and the Heat wrapped up the No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs by beating the Toronto Raptors 116-109 in overtime Wednesday night.
Olynyk’s hot shooting powers Heat past Hawks
ATLANTA (AP) — With an extra $1 million in his pocket, Kelly Olynyk could have afforded a spending spree.
"Instead, I just made it rain," he said.
One 3-pointer at a time.
Olynyk scored 19 points, including 15 on five 3-pointers when Miami took the lead for good in the second period, and the Heat beat the Atlanta Hawks 115-86 on Wednesday night, capping a sweep of back-to-back games between Southeast Division rivals.
x-Miami: Heat clinch playoff spot, top Hawks 101-98
MIAMI (AP) — There was no raucous celebration. The Miami Heat hope one of those comes later this spring.
For now, briefly enjoying a clincher is enough.
Goran Dragic had 22 points and 10 rebounds, Josh Richardson blocked a potential go-ahead shot in the final moments, and the Heat closed on an 11-0 run to beat the Atlanta Hawks 101-98 on Tuesday. The win assured Miami of its 20th playoff berth in 30 seasons, and meant an often-lackluster night ended happily.
MIAMI (AP) — Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside regrets his comments about displeasure with his role in game last weekend against the Brooklyn Nets.
"I was just frustrated," Whiteside said after Monday's practice, his first public comments since his rant Saturday night after not playing the final 21 minutes of a 110-109 overtime loss. "I was frustrated that we lost. I really wanted to get that game."
MIAMI (AP) — Monday is the day that the Miami Heat will gather for the annual team picture. They're always set up the same way: coaches sitting in the middle of the front row, the team's shorter players sitting on either side of Erik Spoelstra and his assistants, support staff and taller players standing in the back.
Whiteside (hip) upgraded to questionable by Heat
MIAMI (AP) — Hassan Whiteside is apparently nearing a return to the Miami Heat lineup.
The Heat are listing their starting center as questionable for Thursday's game against the Chicago Bulls. Whiteside hasn't played in three weeks because of pain in his left hip, missing nine games.
He practiced Wednesday, and coach Erik Spoelstra felt that was a positive step forward.
Chelmsford native Dan Craig got his first taste of being an NBA head coach on Sunday.
The Miami Heat assistant coach filled in as head coach while Erik Spoelstra left the team to be with his wife, Nikki, with the couple were expecting their first child. Nikki gave birth to a healthy son.
Spoelstra misses Heat-Pacers game for birth of child
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Miami coach Erik Spoelstra and his wife Nikki became parents Sunday of their first child, a son.
Spoelstra was back in Miami and not with the Heat for their game at Indiana, the first contest he missed in his 10-year tenure as head coach. Heat assistant coach Dan Craig took his spot for Miami's 113-107 overtime loss to the Pacers.
Olynyk’s big night helps Heat past Knicks, 119-98
MIAMI (AP) — A big lead was slipping away, so the Miami Heat called upon their best offensive option: The 3-point shot.
Just like that, the rout resumed.
Tyler Johnson hit back-to-back 3-pointers in the third quarter to spark the run that put Miami in control for good, Kelly Olynyk finished with 22 points and a career-high 10 assists and the Heat rolled past the New York Knicks 119-98 on Wednesday night.
Wild night in Miami: Heat top Nuggets 149-141 in 2 OTs
MIAMI (AP) — They broke the stat system. That's how good Miami and Denver were — even modern technology couldn't keep up with the Heat and Nuggets.
For 48 minutes, they went back and forth.
And one overtime wouldn't decide it, either.
Finally, after three hours, the Heat said enough. James Johnson scored a career-high 31 points, Kelly Olynyk added 30 off the bench and Miami set a franchise single-game scoring record by beating the Nuggets 149-141 in double overtime on Monday night.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — As the Portland Trail Blazers keep winning, Damian Lillard should keep climbing in the MVP conversation, according to Miami coach Erik Spoelstra.
Lillard had 32 points and 10 assists, and the Trail Blazers beat the Heat 115-99 on Monday night for their 10th straight victory.
Jusuf Nurkic added 27 points and 16 rebounds for the Blazers, who have the longest current winning streak in the NBA and a two-game lead over Oklahoma City for the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference.
MIAMI (AP) — The playoff spot is a long way from clinched, and it's not Miami's style to be pleased about anything involving being in eighth place.
That being said, the Heat knew what this win meant.
Kelly Olynyk and Josh Richardson each scored 17 points, James Johnson added 14 and the Heat strengthened their grip on an Eastern Conference postseason berth with a 105-96 over the Detroit Pistons on Saturday night.