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Heat implode during crunch time in 117-113 road loss to Nets

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Nets storm back late in a game the Heat lost control of late.

Miami Heat v Brooklyn Nets Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images

The Miami Heat led by nine points with five minutes left in the game but the Brooklyn Nets stormed back with a crushing 18-4 run for a frustrating 117-113 loss on Friday night.

Spencer Dinwiddie led Brooklyn with 26 points, four rebounds, and a career-high 14 assists and tormented Miami, making the right plays when it mattered the most to help snap a seven-game losing streak tonight. Rodions Kurucs hit three early 3-pointers to boost the Nets to a quick early lead and would go on to finish with 19 points. Caris LeVert, Taurean Prince and Joe Harris all helped make clutch plays late to help the Nets get their first lead since the first quarter.

Miami allowed far too many offensive rebounds and costly turnovers — some unforced — on a night that would ultimately cost them the victory in a tight game, adding to the frustration of what would have been a quality road win. Though the Heat would maintain a lead of around 10 to 12 points for much of the game, the shorthanded Nets kept staying within striking distance with their hustle plays and role players all contributing.

Jimmy Butler had another strong outing with 33 points and nine rebounds while Bam Adebayo also filled up the box score with 22 points in 10-13 shooting along with seven assists (good) and six rebounds (not so good). Goran Dragic scored 17 points off the bench.

Though the Heat responded well to the Nets’ early surge, they would ultimately score 42 points in the first quarter but would only go on to score 44 for the entirety of the second half as they clung desperately to their lead.

Miami, now 10-10 on the road, will stay in the New York area to visit the Knicks for an early Sunday game at 3:30pm.