We’ve been able to witness some incredible Miami Heat games so far this season. And with the NBA on a break, we’d thought it would be a good idea to remember some of those good moments.
So everyone is chipping in here...what has been your favorite Miami Heat game so far this season?
MATT PINEDA: @pinedaHEAT — Heat 108 @ Sixers 104 (Dec. 18)
This was a huge game for the Miami Heat because it was the introduction to the national media of who is Bam Adebayo (23 points). But more than that, it was the full introduction of the zone defense for the Heat.
Miami fell behind by double digits in the first quarter, and then in the second quarter went zone and it completely dismantled the Sixers. They couldn’t figure it out. This was all on the heels of the Sixers kicking the Heat’s butt a few weeks before this — it was revenge (it was also Philadelphia’s first home loss). 26 points from Kendrick Nunn didn’t hurt and the Heat improved to 20-8 on the season showing. Fun times!
DIEGO QUEZADA: @DiegoHeatNBA — Sixers 116 @ Heat 117 (Dec. 28)
With 15 seconds left in regulation, Joel Embiid had the ball. The Sixers were up, 106-104. Instead of fouling, Jimmy Butler poked the ball away. Tyler Herro grabbed the ball and raced ahead to the 3-point line. And then the then-19-year-old hit another clutch shot in a rookie season already chalk-full of them.
The Heat held on to win the game in overtime. Miami has had some better performances — the March 2 blowout win against the league-best Milwaukee Bucks stands out — but this game was my favorite. Why? Because it was an improbable come-from-behind victory and because it was another chapter in the brewing rivalry between the Sixers and Heat. And it gave us a photo that perfectly crystallized Miami’s early-season success.
BRANDON DI PERNO: @Brandon_DiPerno — Bucks 89 @ Heat 105 (Mar. 2)
My favorite game this season was Miami’s domination of the Bucks earlier in the month. After struggling the entirety of February the Heat finally pulled things together and deleted the Bucks.
I won’t venture too much into the nitty gritty because I’ve already done so in my recap from then, but basically the Heat showcased stellar defense limited the league MVP (Giannis) to only 13 points. The game in a nutshell:
All I needed to see in the regular season from that matchup. Put it on ice— Bam Adobobayo (@MannyMontana305) March 17, 2020
There isn't a team I wanted the Heat to play more than the Bucks in the playoffs#HEATTwitter https://t.co/y607Ah429D pic.twitter.com/LPqjokRmPj
Jae Crowder, Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo dominated with help from Goran Dragic (who continued his case for 6MOY). The Heat also shot the lights our from three which helped. I figured this would be the building point for the second half of the season.
Maybe it still can be, but I guess we’ll see come mid June.
Fox Sports Sun just replayed this OT thriller the other night and it’s got a little bit of everything. It solidified the Heat’s stellar start to the season, improving their record to 15-5 by handing the defending champions their first home loss of the season.
Jimmy Butler led the team with a triple-double, including eight straight in OT, and the Heat managed to hold the Raptors to just two points on 0-9 FG shooting during overtime for a very impressive win. Miami blew a late seven-point lead in crunch time and Butler missed a potential game-winner but the Heat showed a lot of heart and figured out a way to win on the road against a quality opponent — something I wish they did more often later in the season.