Coach Erik Spoelstra vowed to keep the Miami Heat fighting. Chris Bosh acknowledged he needs to do more and lobbied to get more opportunities. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade insisted their confidence remains high.
The Heat script hasn't changed much lately.
Nor have the results, as Miami's free fall continues.
LaMarcus Aldridge scored 26 points, Gerald Wallace scored 22 -- easily his best game since joining Portland last month -- and the Trail Blazers survived a 38-point effort by Wade in beating the host Heat 105-96 on Tuesday night, sending Miami to its fifth straight loss overall and sixth in eight games since the All-Star break.