Oklahoma City faces Miami on 7-game slide

March 17, 2022 GMT

Oklahoma City Thunder (20-49, 14th in the Western Conference) vs. Miami Heat (46-24, first in the Eastern Conference)

Miami; Friday, 8 p.m. EDT

BOTTOM LINE: Oklahoma City aims to end its seven-game losing streak with a win against Miami.

The Heat have gone 25-9 in home games. Miami leads the Eastern Conference shooting 37.4% from deep, led by Udonis Haslem shooting 50.0% from 3-point range.

The Thunder are 11-23 on the road. Oklahoma City is 7-27 in games decided by 10 or more points.

The teams square off for the second time this season. The Heat won 103-90 in the last meeting on Nov. 16. Tyler Herro led the Heat with 26 points, and Luguentz Dort led the Thunder with 20 points.

TOP PERFORMERS: Herro is scoring 21.0 points per game and averaging 4.8 rebounds for the Heat. Bam Adebayo is averaging 20.5 points and 10.0 rebounds over the last 10 games for Miami.

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Josh Giddey is averaging 12.5 points, 7.8 rebounds and 6.4 assists for the Thunder. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is averaging 30.6 points and 6.5 rebounds while shooting 53.5% over the past 10 games for Oklahoma City.

LAST 10 GAMES: Heat: 7-3, averaging 111.5 points, 41.9 rebounds, 25.2 assists, 6.7 steals and 3.8 blocks per game while shooting 47.3% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 107.0 points per game.

Thunder: 2-8, averaging 113.3 points, 44.6 rebounds, 24.6 assists, 9.0 steals and 4.4 blocks per game while shooting 46.4% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 127.2 points.

INJURIES: Heat: Caleb Martin: day to day (knee).

Thunder: Josh Giddey: out (hip), Ty Jerome: out for season (hip), Shai Gilgeous-Alexander: day to day (ankle), Kenrich Williams: out (knee), Jeremiah Robinson-Earl: out (foot), Derrick Favors: out (back), Mike Muscala: out for season (ankle), Luguentz Dort: out for season (shoulder).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.