Erik Spoelstra vowed to keep the Miami Heat fighting. Chris Bosh acknowledged he needs to do more and lobbied to get more opportunities. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade insisted their confidence remains high.
The Heat script hasn’t changed much lately.
Nor have the results, as Miami’s freefall continues.
LaMarcus Aldridge scored 26 points, Gerald Wallace scored 22 — easily his best game since joining Portland last month — and the Trail Blazers survived a 38-point effort by Wade in beating the Heat, 105-96, last night, sending host Miami to its fifth straight loss overall and sixth in eight games since the All-Star break.
Wade didn’t have the only big night for Miami. James finished with 31 points, 11 rebounds, and 8 assists for the Heat, who are the 12th team in NBA history to have a 12-game winning streak and five-game losing streak in the same season.
“How do we explain it? We can’t,’’ James said. “This isn’t rock bottom for us. Crazy thing is, we could lose every game and still make the playoffs in the Eastern Conference.’’
After Wade and James, help was fleeting. Mario Chalmers scored 10, and Bosh was held to 7 points on 3-for-11 shooting.
“Certainly not easy right now and frankly, we don’t have a lot of answers on how to get over this hump. The only thing we can do is keep on grinding and not . . . let . . . go . . . of . . . the . . . rope,’’ Spoelstra said, pausing between those last words for emphasis.
Miller and Brandon Roy each scored 14 for the Blazers, who won their seventh straight on the road and fourth straight overall.
Lakers 101, Hawks 87 — Kobe Bryant scored 26 points to pass Moses Malone on the career scoring list and Los Angeles beat host Atlanta.
Since the All-Star break, the Lakers have won eight straight.
Bryant passed Malone (27,409 points) for sixth place on the list.
Suns, 113, Rockets 110 — Hakim Warrick scored a career-high 32 points starting in place of injured Channing Frye and host Phoenix edged Houston, which had won seven of eight.
Vince Carter scored 15 of his 32 points in the fourth quarter in the Suns’ seventh consecutive victory over Houston.
76ers 110, Pacers 100 — Thaddeus Young scored 18 points for host Philadelphia, which has won seven of eight.
Andre Iguodala, coming off back-to-back triple-doubles, finished with 16 points and 10 assists for Philadelphia.
Bucks 95, Wizards 76 — Brandon Jennings scored 23 points and Andrew Bogut had 14 points, 9 rebounds, and 7 assists in his first game back after an injury to help Milwaukee beat host Washington, which has lost nine of 10.
Warriors 95, Cavaliers 85 — Monta Ellis made a career-high six 3-pointers — all in the second half — and scored 24 points, and Stephen Curry added 23 points for visiting Golden State.