Heat, Wayne Ellington set franchise records for 3-point attempts in loss at Kings. Did they shoot too many?

The Sacramento Kings’ Garrett Temple looks to steal the ball against the Miami Heat’s Wayne Ellington during the Kings overtime victory Wednesday in Sacramento. (Hector Amezcua/Sacramento Bee/TNS)

LOS ANGELES – The Miami Heat set a franchise record with 43 3-point attempts in their 123-119 loss in Sacramento on Wednesday, eclipsing the 42 they hoisted on Jan. 15 against the Knicks.

Miami made a season-high 18, three shy of the franchise record.

Wayne Ellington’s 17 3-point attempts also was a franchise mark. Ellington, who made six, had 16 attempts in that same game against New York.

The threes were a product of a team scrambling to get back into the game in the second half and playing an overtime.

The Heat launched 27 in the second half, five of those in overtime. Ellington attempted 11 in the second half and the extra session.

The Heat needed every one of them to erase Sacramento’s 16-point fourth-quarter lead. Miami had 11 threes in the second half, including six in the fourth quarter on 15 attempts. The biggest was Ellington’s with 1:23 to play that gave Miami a four-point lead.

But Miami could not sustain that pace in overtime, missing all five 3-point attempts, including two each by Ellington and Kelly Olynyk.

The one stretch where you could say Miami depended on the long ball too much was at the start of the second half. Tyler Johnson’s three to start the half cut the Heat’s deficit to four, but they continue to jack them up. Four of Miami’s first five shots in the half were from distance and the Heat launched six threes in the first six minutes, falling behind by 10 points during that stretch.

Miami is averaging 30.7 threes a game and is on pace to smash the franchise record of 26.9 set last season. With 13 games remaining, Ellington needs 36 to break Damon Jones’ franchise record of 225 in a season set in 2004-05 and 100 attempts to surpass Tim Hardaway’s mark of 590 in a season set in 1996-97.

That means Ellington must average 2.8 makes, which is just below his season average of 3.0, and 7.7 attempts, which is his season average.

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