Seven players scored in double-figures for Miami, led by Kendrick Nunn with 22 points (9-17 FG shooting) and Bam Adebayo who had 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Jimmy Butler and Duncan Robinson each contributed 14 points while reserves Goran Dragic (10 points, five assists), Derrick Jones Jr. (13 points, five rebounds), and Kelly Olynyk (12 points on a perfect 5-5 FG shooting) made their presence felt when they played. Olynyk in particular had another strong outing after not appearing in several games, a welcome sign that added another impactful dimension to their offense with his playmaking and court vision.
Nunn, in his 12th 20-point game of his rookie season, followed a strong game against the San Antonio Spurs with another excellent performance in which he nailed several shots in timely fashion when his team needed a score on a night where Butler was quiet from the field and with Tyler Herro out. Not only did he shot well from the field, he was also effective slashing at the rim and finishing.
The team also took care of the ball with 11 turnovers, still not ideal but an improvement for this team, and they out-rebounded the Thunder 45 to 35.
Miami ran out of the gate with 40 points in the opening quarter, giving them a nice cushion that they would need to absorb several stretches in which the home team threatened to turn the tide and get the crowd back into it. But time and time again the Heat would respond to maintain their lead at double-digits.
The lead had swelled to 105-83 four minutes into the final quarter after a four-point play from Derrick Jones Jr. before the Thunder went on a 22-7 run to cut it to seven points with two minutes left after a Chris Paul 3-pointer, though they wouldn’t get any closer with time running out.
The San Antonio Spurs host the Heat, now 11-11 on the road, next on Sunday at 3pm.