The Miami Sports Minute recaps all of the latest stories in South Florida Sports. Today we cover the Dolphins big win over Denver, a tough Heat loss versus the defending champs, Bowl bids for the Hurricanes and Owls and more.
The Miami Heat lost to the Golden State Warriors 123-95 on Sunday at the American Airlines Arena in Miami. Goran Dragic paced the Heat with 20 points, including 4-4 from beyond the arc. Josh Richardson was the only other starter in double figures with 12 points. Dion Waiters struggled, finishing with just four points on 1-10 shooting. Kelly Olynyk led all bench scorers with 14 points. Hassan Whiteside missed the game as he recovers from a left knee bruise.
Steph Curry led all scorers with 30 points and Kevin Durant finished with 24 for the Warriors. The Heat were only down two at the half before Golden State pulled away thanks to a 37-17 advantage in the third quarter. Up next for the Heat is a trip to San Antonio on Wednesday.
After losing five straight the Miami Dolphins put together one of their most complete performances of the year, dismantling Denver 35-9. Miami moves to 5-7 on the year and remain on the fringes of playoff contention.
The Dolphins got a breakout game from running back Kenyan Drake, who gained a career high 120 yards on 23 carries. His day was highlighted by a 42-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter.
Another Dolphin with a standout day was cornerback Xavien Howard who picked up his first two career interceptions. Howard took his first pick to the house to put Miami up 16-3.
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It was a dominant performance by the Miami Dolphins defense and special teams, highlighted by two safeties, a blocked punt, and three interceptions. Miami rattled Denver quarterback Trevor Siemian all day as he completed less than 50 percent of his passes (19 for 41) and was sacked three times.
Jay Cutler was up and down with 235 yards passing, two touchdowns, and two interceptions. Kenny Stills led all receivers with 98 yards and a score.
The Miami Hurricanes will play in the Orange Bowl Dec. 30th against Wisconsin. Miami missed out on a College Football Playoff bid after losing to Clemson 38-3 in the ACC Championship game Saturday. This will mark the Hurricanes 10th Orange Bowl appearance, Miami has a 6-3 record in the game. The teams last met in the 2009 Champs Sports Bowl, won by Wisconsin 20-14.
On the hardcourt, the 10th ranked Miami Hurricanes Men’s Basketball team tips off Tuesday at home against Boston University. Miami is 7-0 on the season and are one of 13 unbeaten teams in the nation.
Florida Atlantic also clinched a hometown Bowl as they won the Conference USA title, beating North Texas 41-17. The Owls are unbeaten in their last nine which included an undefeated conference run. Devin Singletary continued his amazing campaign with another 164 yards and three touchdowns. FAU put the game on ice early, jumping out to a 34-0 lead, the Owls will face Akron on their home field in the Boca Raton Bowl Dec. 19th.
The Florida Panthers face off against the New York Islanders on Monday from the BB&T Center in Sunrise. Florida is coming off a 3-2 loss at Carolina and are 10-13-3 so far this year.
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