For the second night in a row at the AmericanAirlines Arena, the Miami Heat would grab another hard-earned win against a feisty opponent — this time against the Brooklyn Nets for the tight 116-113 victory Saturday night.
Spencer Dinwiddie and Joe Harris kept knocking down timely shots to eventually whittle Miami’s lead of 14 points early in the final quarter down to one point with 11 seconds left, though it somehow held the lead throughout despite some difficulty making perimeter shots earlier in the quarter. Kendrick Nunn led the team with 21 points and helped secure the win with a three-pointer immediately after checking back in to the game with less than three minutes left. Dinwiddie and Harris scored the next seven points to make it 112-110 before Goran Dragic nailed a huge step-back jump shot. Harris answered with a three-pointer but Jimmy Butler would split a pair of free throws that would give the Nets another shot at stealing the win.
Thankfully, Dinwiddie slipped and mishandled a pass that would sail into the stands and rob them of a chance to attempt a potential game-winner — despite outscoring the Heat 33-25 in the final 12 minutes.
All five Heat starters finished with double-figures in points, including Bam Adebayo with 16 points, 12 rebounds, three steals and three assists. Butler also had 16 points, to along with six rebounds and eight assists, and Dragic was arguably their most important player tonight with 19 points and 10 assists. The team once again also did a great job limiting their turnovers to just six tonight and were guided capably on offense with the tandem of Dragic and Butler.
Miami, who improved to 38-22 and 25-4 at home, will next host the NBA’s best team, the Milwaukee Bucks at 7:30pm on Monday night.