The Miami Heat (27-11) failed to hold onto a 109-100 lead with 3 minutes left in the fourth quarter, falling to the Brooklyn Nets (17-20) 117-113.
Caris LeVert clutched up at the end hitting two clutch threes, one which gave Brooklyn a 112-111 lead with over a minute left to play. With Miami down 116-113 with 9.6 left to play, the Heat could not convert, losing the game.
Spencer Dinwiddie stepped up big-time with 26 points and 14 assists, a season-high. Rodions Kurucs broke out of his shell, finishing with a season-high 19 points, 4-5 on three-point shots.
Jimmy Butler did his thing offensively leading Miami in scoring with 33 points and 9 rebounds. Bam Adebayo did it all with 22 points, 6 rebounds, and 7 assists. Goran Dragic was big off the bench with 17 points.
Miami loss to rebound battle to Brooklyn 43-56, giving up 14 offensive rebounds compared to the Heat’s 4 offensive rebounds. The Heat also had an awful night shooting three-pointers, going 7-29 (24.1%).
Miami took care of the ball, only turning the ball over 8 times compared to Brooklyn’s 10. The Heat however also lost the assist battle 26-31.
Brooklyn snapped their 7 game losing streak with this much-needed home victory as they anticipate the return of Kyrie Irving from injury soon. Miami worsens their away record to 10-10 and add another below .500 team to its losing list this season.
1) Jimmy Butler has to facilitate the ball every night:
Numbers don’t lie, Miami is 20-2 when Butler has 5+ assists. Butler only finished with 2, Bam Adebayo lead the Heat in assists with 7. When Butler facilitates the ball the Heat are more likely to win then when he scored 30+ points, being 1-2 when he does so.
2) Miami NEEDS to win the Rebound battle against every team they face:
The Nets had two bigs with 10+ rebounds, Jarrett Allen with 11 and DeAndre Jordan with 10. Miami had no players with double-digit rebounds, the highest being Jimmy Butler’s 9 rebounds. Miami overall got killed on the boards 56-43, now being 4-9 when they can’t win the rebound competition.
At this point it just sounds repetitive, Miami MUST win the rebound battle if they want to win, especially if they are not having their best night shooting from three.
The Miami Heat will look to bounce back from this road loss as they face the New York Knicks (10-29) on the road at MSG. The Brooklyn Nets will look to start a new win streak as they take on the Atlanta Hawks (8-31).