Heat center Hassan Whiteside messed around for the second time in his young career Tuesday night to the tune of 22 points, 14 rebounds and ten blocks(!), but it still wasn’t enough for Miami to extend their three-game winning streak.
Andrew Wiggins had 24 points for the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves in their 103-91 win, and nearly ended Whiteside’s life with this dunk attempt.
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The 10 blocks are an NBA season-high.
Per the Miami Herald:
“Just a bad game,” said Heat guard Dwyane Wade, who along with Chris Bosh produced only 10 points each in nearly 32 minutes of play. […] Said Bosh: “It was a stinker. I think our focus was down.”
The Heat’s bench, which had played well during most of the previous nine games, provided just 13 points on 3-of-13 shooting (Minnesota’s bench scored 54). Rookie Justise Winslow led the way with eight points and a career-high 11 rebounds, but it was hardly enough. […] Minnesota, which had started the season ranked among the league leaders in holding opponents’ field-goal percentage down, came in having given up an average of 112 points on 51.5 percent shooting over its previous five games. The Heat, though, shot just 45.6 percent and struggled from three-point range (5 of 24).
Whiteside’s 46 blocks through 10 games are the most in franchise history. Alonzo Mourning had 39 blocks through 10 games to start the 1995-96 season. […] “Multiple efforts all over the place, all over the court,” Spoelstra said of Whiteside. The blocks he had were top-of-the-box — very few guys can make many of those plays. His extra efforts, extra jumps. I thought his screening in this game was probably one of his better screening games offensively. That was a tremendous effort on his part.”