Miami Heat coach Pat Riley said he gave his players a math quiz Monday morning, requiring them to figure out the Suns’ chances of winning when they score at least 100 points.
At 16-1 coming in, Phoenix had a 94.1 percent chance of winning when it reached triple digits.
“You can’t get caught up in that game with them,” Riley said. “We’ve got to be very conscience of that. . . . You don’t want to get into a running game with them.”
When shooting 58.8 percent from the field, though, turns out you can.
Powered by a first quarter in which it shot 76 percent and scored a season-high 40 points, mostly on jumpers, Miami handed the Suns their second straight loss , 117-113 at US Airways Center.
Dwyane Wade hit his first seven shots, finishing with 31 points, his third straight 30-point game. Five other Miami players finished in double digits as the Heat scored 25 points above their season average.
“Our defense isn’t very good (right now),” Phoenix’s Raja Bell said.
The Suns’ last two losses have come against the teams with the two worst records in the league, Minnesota and Miami, and it has all started at the defensive end.
“A couple games here and we seem to be a little out of sync and not quite right,” Suns coach Mike D’Antoni said. “We’re not fast to the ball. We’re not getting into people. No legs, some guys have the flu.”
Grant Hill, Shawn Marion, Amaré Stoudemire and Bell each had 19 points for Phoenix, which also got a workman’s effort from Brian Skinner (13 points, five rebounds).