James Johnson (basketball)

Spoelstra, Heat get a victory with meaning in Memphis

Spoelstra, Heat get a victory with meaning in Memphis

Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said this one was about trying to finally finish a trip on a high note.

And perhaps it was.

But it also was about a friend that Spoelstra felt was wronged, with the Memphis Grizzlies recently having fired former Spoelstra assistant coach David Fizdale as their coach.

And that made it personal.

In the end, Spoelstra had it all, as the Heat pushed past the Grizzlies 107-82. In the process, Spoelstra moved within one victory of tying Pat Riley for the franchise coaching win record of 454.

Guard Goran Dragic paced the Heat during the decisive stages, closing with 19 points, as the Heat closed out a 2-1 trip with mostly balanced...

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