MiamiHerald / PORTLAND, ORE. Five takeaways from the Heat’s 115-99 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night:
1. Miami lost for the eight time in a row on the road.
The hottest team in the NBA – winners of 19 consecutive games – built a 19-point lead early in the fourth quarter on the shorthanded Heat and then held on behind Damian Lillard and center Jusuf Nurkic after Miami cut that lead to 93-90 with 6:38 remaining.
Yes, Lillard, an All-Star and the Western Conference’s Player of the Week last week, finished with a team-high 32 points and 10 assists. But it was Nurkic who terrorized the Heat early on. The 7-foot, 280-pound Bosnian finished with 27 points, 16 rebounds and three blocks in 30 brilliant minutes.