Heat’s rally in fourth quarter comes up short vs. Blazers


Blazers rally

to defeat Heat

The Miami Heat appeared on their way to easy victory.

The Portland Trail Blazers had other plans.

The Trail Blazers rallied from a 12-point, fourth-quarter deficit to defeat the Heat, 92-90, on Thursday night at Rose Garden. Wesley Matthews hit two three-pointers in the final minute to key the comeback. After Matthews’ second three-pointer put the Blazers ahead 91-90 with 26.9 seconds left, Heat guard Ray Allen missed an open look from the top of the key.

LaMarcus Aldridge made one of two free throws, giving the Heat one last opportunity to win or force overtime. LeBron James and Chris Bosh both passed up shots, finding Mario Chalmers for an open 3-pointer on the wing.

The shot rimmed out, sending the Heat to their second straight loss and third in four games.

Bosh led the Heat with 29 point. LeBron James finished with 15 points, ending his streak of 54 straight games with at least 20 points.

The Blazers were led by Nicolas Batum’s 28 points.