The Miami Heat had their most impressive stretch of basketball of the season in the first half of this game. They scored 71 points, hit 11 three-pointers and shots 69.6% from the field overall. They moved the ball, worked together and played some exciting basketball.
Fueled by that start, and a team-high 33 points from Goran Dragic, the Heat were able to hold on despite slowing down in the second half. The Heat cooled off, but were still hot enough to never let the Timberwolves get the lead. Miami led by as many as 14 points, but had only a one-point lead late in the game due to some poor decisions and turnovers.
Minnesota had a chance to win/tie at the end of the game. Andrew Wiggins missed a shot near the buzzer and the Heat escaped with a 115-113 win.
Miami was best with Dragic on the floor tonight. He controlled the pace and Miami played much more up tempo than a typical road game. With the win, the Heat got their 11th straight win, improve to 22-30 and move an inch closer to the coveted 8th seed in the East.
The Heat weren’t able to stop Karl-Anthony Towns. Miami opened the game with Luke Babbitt trying to check him and Minnesota went to him over and over again. Towns virtually got anything he wanted, scored 35 points and snagged 8 rebounds — but it wasn’t enough.
Miami was able to simply control the game. They exploited what they wanted, and were able to slow everyone outside of Towns just enough to get a cushion to win.
Hassan Whiteside had 19 points and 13 rebounds for Miami to help bring a good presence on the inside. But probably who stood out of the most throughout the game was the great play by Rodney McGruder. He had 15 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. He knows where to be at made some timely plays.
The Heat began their four game road trip with another win. Since the mid-point of the season, the Heat have gone 11-0 and now move to 11th place in the East trailing by 2 games.
Next Up: Wednesday, Heat @ Bucks at 8 PM EST.