Devin Booker is one tough cover, but he wasn’t nearly enough to stop the Miami Heat in this game, despite his 31 points. The Heat put together one of their best all around performances in recent weeks when they beat the Phoenix Suns on Monday night to improve to 34-30.
The win moves them into a tie with the Milwaukee Bucks in the standings, but with the Heat having won the season series over the Bucks already, the Heat move ahead of them into 7th in the East for now.
And with the Heat playing the next night in Washington, Erik Spoelstra kept everyone’s minutes relatively light for the game. Miami was led by a dominant performance from Hassan Whiteside. In his 25 minutes, he scored 24 points and had 14 rebounds to go with 3 blocks. He controlled the paint and allowed the Heat to get easy baskets.
The Heat got many contributions including a double-double from Justise Winslow, a season-high 8 assists from Kelly Olynyk to go with 15 points, and a solid 12 points from Dwyane Wade — all off the bench. Luke Babbitt hit 4 triples in the first half to create separation for Miami.
The Heat made a push away from the Suns in the second quarter and never really looked back. Miami at one point had a 28 point lead on the Suns. The Heat imposes their will on both ends of the court and it turned out to be a great performance against a team they should and needed to beat,’
This really was just a good performance by the team.
They also had a great 33 assists as a team, which is a great sign of ball movement, and hitting shots.
Justise Winslow ended the game with a nasty jam that you have to see!