Despite some close losses, the Miami Heat remain just outside the crowded playoff picture in the Eastern Conference.
After experiencing mixed results against Western Conference finalists Golden State and Houston earlier this week, Miami hosts the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday night.
At 27-34, the Heat are a season-worst seven games under .500. Since they were 24-24 following a nine-point win in New York on Jan. 27, the Heat are 3-10.
Six of those losses are by single digits, including Thursday's 121-118 loss at Houston when Miami coughed up a 21-point third-quarter lead. On Thursday, Miami was outscored 35-20 in the fourth quarter and allowed 58 points to James Harden.
"We're right there every single game," Miami forward Kelly Olynyk told reporters. "We need to make one more play, one more possession, whether it's a stop or a score or something."
Goran Dragic and Olynyk scored 21 points apiece in a game where Miami shot 52 percent and made 15 of 28 3-pointers. Miami held a 10-point lead with 6:18 remaining Thursday but wound up getting outscored 18-5 the rest of the way while missing eight of its last 10 shots. >> Read more
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