Heat have not lost consecutive games in more than six weeks; hoping trend continues in Charlotte

Miami’s James Johnson and Josh Richardson react during the second half of its loss at Brooklyn on Friday. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

NEW YORK – The Miami Heat let one get away Friday in Brooklyn, something they have not done in a long time.

And although the Heat (26-19) remain in the fourth spot in the Eastern Conference, one half game ahead of Washington, they hit a dangerous spot in the schedule, at least for the next couple of games.

Miami is 1-2 on this five-game road trip and play at a well-rested, improving and rejuvenated Charlotte team tonight. Miami, meanwhile, not only will be on the second night of a back-to-back, but playing its fifth game in seven days, four of those on the road. And this after the Heat looked fatigued in the second half at Brooklyn, squandering a 16-point lead and losing 101-95.

“It doesn’t stop,” guard Goran Dragic said. “We need to be ready. It’s going to be a tough game in Charlotte, but we’re capable. We’ve already shown that and we’ll try to prepare ourselves and get some rest and go.”

The Heat have some recent history on their side. They have not dropped consecutive games in 6.5 weeks, dating back to Dec. 9 when a loss at San Antonio followed a home defeat to the Warriors. A stretch of 21 games.

“I think it’s just our experience,” Josh Richardson said. “We know it’s always a quick turnaround in this league so you can’t dwell on losses. When you start doing that they start piling up. So, short memory. We got a big one (Saturday).”

Richardson, meanwhile, has cooled off since his hot six weeks that started in early December. He averaged 17.5 points and shot 54.1 percent during an 18-game stretch starting Dec 1. In his last six games, he is averaging 12.2 points while shooting 40.6 percent.

Richardson, though, is not concerned, especially with other players like Hassan Whiteside, Kelly Olynyk and Dragic stepping up their scoring lately.

“It’s all good,” he said. “It’s a little different with everybody back. I’m not really worried about it. It will fall. I’ve been trying to find other ways to affect the game by instead of just scoring. There’s a lot different things you can do to help the team.”

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