The Pelicans would draw first blood, and stop multiple offensive possessions for the Heat. Whiteside would get the Hear energized early with a huge dunk and midrange jumper. He was also effective guarding Anthony Davis.
Whiteside really had a great start with a highlight being his coast to coast drive where he crossed out the defense.
Miami was really solid on defense to start, forcing the Pelicans into some ugly possessions.
Dwyane Wade would check in just before the seven minute mark to huge applause. He’d contribute right away with some great passes.
The Pelicans would pull back within striking distance toward the end of the quarter. Despite Miami’s reserves causing an immediate impact, Andrew Harrison would bring the Pelicans within one.
The Heat would head into the second up five because of a buzzer beater Bam three (his first in the NBA).
Miami’s 2-3 zone payed dividends right away for the Heat as they caused multiple turnovers.
Wade and Richardson would score on some beautiful buckets and cause a 7-0 run for the Heat.
The Heat bench was really solid as they kept the Pelicans at bay and continued to build on the lead.
The Pelicans would battle back and get within four as they stole momentum. The Heat would enter a scoring drought, but find success in securing offensive rebounds.
The Heat would lose out on some obvious calls, but still manage to stay afloat taking a 6 point lead into halftime thanks to an amazing Wade bank trey.
The Heat came out firing in the third, and didn’t let up. They’d would extend the lead to 14, while also beating the Pelicans up on the defensive end.
Every time the Pelicans would slash into the key they were met with a Hassan Whiteside wall. It was very impressive. The Pelicans would eventually figure out the defense and go on a run of their own (16-4) to get back in it, forcing the Heat to pick things up.
Miami would end the third with an 11-4 run and head into the fourth quarter up 12.
Jrue Holiday would try and get the Pelicans back in it to start the fourth, but Miami wasn’t having any of it.
They would continue their offensive assault led by Derrick Jones Jr. and Kelly Olynyk.
This quarter was noticeably chippy, with both teams racking up their fair share of fouls.
Anthony Davis would hit a three to give the Pelicans hope, but Josh Richardson would hit one of his own to silence the crowd right away.
After a small slump, Josh Richardson looked great tonight. He was effective on offense and menace on defense. He’d hit some huge shots in the quarter to keep Miami ahead.
Anthony Davis would cut the lead to six off a huge three, causing a little bit of panic among the Heat offense. Luckily that would lead to free throws for Tyler Johnson.
Jrue Holiday would get a chance to put Miami in trouble, but his crucial miss would lead to a Wade tear drop that acted as the dagger.
The Pelicans would pressure in the final seconds, but the Heat would ultimately come out on top.
A strong end to a great road trip. (not counting the Jazz game)