MIAMI – The Philadelphia 76ers had their biggest lead of the season at one point, and still led by 11 midway through the fourth quarter.
"A very, very cruel loss," 76ers coach Brett Brown said.
Even for a franchise that's known nothing but misery of late, this one stung more than most.
Dwyane Wade scored 27 points, Justise Winslow came up with a huge tip-in with 27 seconds left and Miami held the 76ers without a field goal for a critical seven-minute stretch of the fourth quarter on the way to a 96-91 victory on Saturday night.
The 76ers are now 0-14, with a losing streak of 24 games dating to last season heading into Monday's game against the Timberwolves.
"We were in a position to get our first win and we just couldn't get into anything at the end of the game," Brown said. "I give credit to a veteran Miami team. Defensively they were fantastic, and we just had a hard time finding a shot. We were in a late clock a lot in the last five minutes, and it's a part of cruel path that we are going to evidently have to take."
Hassan Whiteside finished with 13 points, nine rebounds and eight blocked shots for the Heat, which was down 17 at one point and still trailed 87-76 with 7:10 remaining.
"They're an NBA team," Wade said. "They've got guys who can play basketball, so you take nothing from them. But they're not a better team than us, and not on your home floor."
Wade moved from No. 51 to No. 49 on the NBA career scoring list with 19,017 points, passing Dale Ellis and Reggie Theus.
Isaiah Canaan scored 22 points for the 76ers.