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Erik Spoelstra Bio

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Erik Spoelstra

Erik Celino Spoelstra (born November 1, 1970 in Evanston, Illinois) is a Filipino-American basketball coach. He is currently the head coach of the NBA’s Miami Heat.

He is the first Filipino-American head coach in the NBA, as well as the first Filipino-American head coach of any North American professional sports team.

From 2001 to 2008, he served as Assistant Coach/Director of Scouting for the team. He coached the Heat to 90 wins and two playoff runs in his two years as coach.

His father, Jon Spoelstra, was an NBA Executive for the Portland Trail Blazers, Denver Nuggets, Buffalo Braves and New Jersey Nets. His mother, Elisa Celino is from San Pablo, Laguna in the Philippines.

Spoelstra grew up in Portland, Oregon, where he graduated from Jesuit High School in 1988 and from the University of Portland in 1992. At Jesuit High School, Spoelstra is third all-time in assists (488), tied for third in three-pointers made (156) and sixth in both three-point percentage (.384) and free throw percentage (.824).

At the University of Portland, Spoelstra was the Pilots’ starting point guard for four years, averaging 9.2 points, 4.4 assists and 2.4 rebounds per game, and was named the West Coast Conference Freshman of the Year. He is a member of Portland’s 1,000-point club.

After graduation from college, he spent two years as a player/coach for TuS Herten (later the Herten Ruhr Devils), a German professional team.

Spoelstra joined the Heat staff in 1995 as the team’s video coordinator. After two years, he was named assistant coach/video coordinator, then promoted to assistant coach/advance scout in 1999. He became the assistant coach/director of scouting in 2001.

He was cited by Sports Illustrated (May 30, 2005) for honing star guard Dwyane Wade’s “shooting balance and smoothing out his release after the Flash’s return from the Athens Olympics.”

In April 2008, Spoelstra was named successor to Pat Riley as head coach of the Miami Heat.

In naming Spoelstra as head coach, Riley said:  “This game is now about younger coaches who are technologically skilled, innovative and bring fresh new ideas. That’s what we feel we are getting with Erik Spoelstra. He’s a man that was born to coach.”

Pat Riley plans to change his approach from when Stan Van Gundy was the coach.

Riley predicted:  “A lot of players want the discipline; they will play [hard] for Spoelstra, because they respect him.'”

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Miami Heat survive at the buzzer, beat Charlotte Hornets 94-93

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Miami Heat survive at the buzzer, beat Charlotte Hornets 94-93

MIAMI (AP) – Luol Deng scored 26 points, Chris Bosh and Mario Chalmers each added 20 and the Miami Heat held on in the final seconds to beat the Charlotte Hornets 94-93 on Sunday night and snap a three-game home slide.

Kemba Walker missed two potential go-ahead shots in the final half-minute for the Hornets, and Al Jefferson’s tip-in try bounced off the rim as time expired as Charlotte dropped its fifth straight.

Chalmers had 10 assists for his second double-double of the season and Shabazz Napier scored 14 for the Heat.

Jefferson finished with 22 points and 12 rebounds for Charlotte, which got 17 points from Lance Stephenson and 16 from Walker. The Hornets led by as many as eight in the fourth, before Miami rallied.

Miami was without guard Dwyane Wade for the sixth straight game as he continues to work his way back from a strained left hamstring.

Working from the right side of the lane, Bosh spun free from Cody Zeller and scored to give Miami a 94-93 lead with 31 seconds remaining.

That’s when the fun really started.

Walker missed with 26 seconds left and Charlotte down by one. The Heat got the rebound and the Hornets appeared to be trying to foul Chalmers near midcourt.

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TIM REYNOLDS

Miami Heat vs. Charlotte Hornets Preview (November 23, 2014)

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Miami Heat vs. Charlotte Hornets Preview (November 23, 2014)

The Charlotte Hornets hadn’t defeated the Miami Heat in over four years before finally getting the best of them earlier this month.

Not much has gone their way since.

The Hornets try to avoid a fifth consecutive defeat when they visit the Heat on Sunday.

Charlotte (4-9) had been outscored by an average of 13.4 points during a 16-game losing streak against Miami before pulling out a 96-89 win Nov. 5. Al Jefferson led the way with 28 points and 10 rebounds and Kemba Walker scored 18.

Charlotte’s previous win over Miami came 83-78 back on March 9, 2010.

“It’s good to get the monkey off our back,” Walker said afterward.

While the Hornets went on to beat Atlanta 122-119 in double-overtime two nights later, they’ve since dropped six of seven. Charlotte led by as many as 23 and appeared headed for victory before falling apart in the fourth quarter in Friday’s 105-100 loss to Orlando.

The Hornets were outscored 41-21 over the final 12 minutes as the Magic shot 15 of 21.

“We just got away from doing what we were doing,” said Jefferson, who had 24 points and 11 rebounds. “We relaxed and they turned it on and we didn’t respond.”

Walker added 15 points, a career-high 12 boards and eight assists, but Charlotte was outscored 60-44 in the paint. The Hornets were also outscored 23-9 at the foul line.

“We play stretches of great basketball – two or three great quarters – and then we play a bad quarter,” guard Gary Neal said. “It’s something that we’re just going to have to continue to work at and continue to fight so we can play a great 48 minutes. Right now we’re playing a great 40 or 42, and those six or eight minutes are costing us.”

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NOEY KUPCHAN

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