The Miami Heat might have needed Ray Allen taking the shot that Ian Clark attempted to win at the last second in a 78-77 loss to the Detroit Pistons.
Clark’s three-pointer at the buzzer hit the front of the rim and Miami’s two-game winning streak came to an end against a Pistons team sporting a possible future All-Star in Andre Drummond, as well as lottery pick Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.
Drummond played the NBA starter he’s meant to be, finishing with 23 points on 11-of-23 shooting to go along with 18 rebounds, seven offensive, and two blocks. He was supported by Caldwell-Pope’s 15 points.
Kim English, another member of last year’s Pistons regular season roster, ended with seven points on 11 shots and three turnovers.
The Heat had four players score in double-figures, led by Clark’s 15 points on 6-of-12 overall shooting and 2-of-6 shooting from beyond the arc. He scored 11 of his points in the first half and has continued a torrid stretch of shooting that has him ranked sixth in points per game.
Clark trails five players that will most likely end up as rotation players in the NBA.
Not trailing too far behind is Miami’s latest draft pick, James Ennis. He only attempted seven field-goals in 24 minutes, but finished with a well-rounded ten points, three rebounds and two assists. He shot 1-of-4 from beyond the arc.
Ennis is shooting 43 percent and averaging five rebounds and two steals per in summer league play.
Joining Ennis and Clark in the double-figure scoring department was Eric Griffin’s ten points on 4-of-4 shooting, including the layup that gave Miami a 77-76 lead with 19 seconds left, and Michael Dunigan’s ten points on 4-of-6 shooting.
Myck Kabongo struggled again, finishing with zero points on 0-of-2 overall shooting, 0-of-1 three-point shooting and, brace yourselves, 0-of-4 free throw shooting in 12 minutes. He also recorded a rebound and a turnover.
The roster spot many had assigned him to him prior to the summer league appears to be getting filled by either James Ennis or Ian Clark. Kabongo has significantly struggled with his offense, as a shooter and facilitator, and has mainly supported himself off his defense.
Jarvis Varnado had seven points, five rebounds and three blocks in 26 minutes.
The Heat held a 14-point lead with 2:01 left in the third quarter and went into the fourth with an eight-point lead. But Detroit would run off an 11-0 run that gave them a commanding six-point lead with 3:22 remaining.
Miami would answer with a 7-0 run, capped off by Cedric Jackson’s layup. Ennis would score four of Miami’s final six points, but it wasn’t enough as Drummond and Tony Mitchell would prove to be larger than the Heat team.
Mitchell’s putback dunk on an airball floater gave the Pistons their go-ahead points.
Miami’s next opponent will be determined by how the standings end up after today.