Erik Spoelstra would like the Heat locker room to be a Stat Sheet-Free Zone

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra would not mind it if his players never had the chance to look at a stat sheet after a game. (Photo by Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images)

MIAMI – Erik Spoelstra experienced something on Monday he never had in his career with the Heat.

He left AmericanAirlines Arena without a stat sheet.

And he liked the feeling so much it’s something he could get used to.

“I thought one of the best things about that game was the stats malfunction at the end, I really did,” Spoelstra said today after the Heat’s shootaround in preparation for tonight’s home game against the Knicks.

“I made a point to the team because it is important for our guys to understand that and really embrace it.”

The system crashed because of a malfunction during the first overtime with the Heat and Nuggets tied at 128. It took until 4 a.m. for the league to produce an official stat sheet of Miami’s 149-141 double overtime victory.

“Our guys felt incredible joy just about the game and the win and that’s what it should be about,” Spoelstra said. “But unfortunately in today’s day and age you don’t have that anymore, where you don’t see the stat sheet and guys immediately look at that far right corner and it starts to the youth level all the way up to our level. It was also a poignant message that our team is at its best offensively when multiple guys are involved. Different guys can explode for big nights and nobody cares and nobody knows what those numbers were.

“It was our franchise high-scoring game, understand it’s double overtime but we’ve had double overtime years before. So in 30 plus years to have that many points and nobody care who scored what and how many somebody scored. It’s amazing what can happen when you’re just pouring yourself into the team.”

Spoelstra said he was “a little bit surprised” when he learned James Johnson had a career-high 31 points and was “stunned and surprised” that Kelly Olynyk closed with 30.

But Spoelstra also was told Wayne Ellington had 29 – as was the entire building – right after the game and still believed that when he spoke to the media today following shootaround.

He then was told it was 23.

“I actually didn’t see the stat sheet,” he said. “Can we do that again tonight and for the rest of the season? No stat sheets at the end of the game.”

Goran Dragic agrees.

“They should do that every game,” he said. “Show up the next day. Of course, you want to play good, but the most important thing is winning. If you win, it doesn’t matter if you score 30 or 40 or 25.”

Dragic said the team knew Johnson “had a tremendous game. But in the end, the most important thing is the W.”

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