On the second leg of their first back-to-back of the season, the Miami Heat’s red hot shooting performance fueled their 129-103 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday night at FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tenn.
Miami shot 52.3 percent and buried a season-high 21 3-pointers at a 56.8 percent clip in Saturday’s victory. They shot just 29.6 percent from 3-point range over their first five games.
Jimmy Butler tallied 27 points on 8-of-12 shooting and 10-of-11 from the charity stripe, in addition to his five rebounds, seven assists and three steals. Tyler Herro piled on with 22 points on 8-of-19 shooting — including 4-of-8 from 3-point range — in 32 minutes off the bench. He also had six rebounds with five assists.
After knocking down just 27.9 percent of his 3s across his first five games, Duncan Robinson tallied 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting from beyond the arc. Kyle Lowry tallied a season-high 15 points with eight assists and three steals, going 4-of-5 from distance.
Bam Adebayo (knee) did not play in Saturday’s game. Dewayne Dedmon — starting in place of Adebayo — and Markieff Morris rotated at the 5. When both Morris and Dedmon both saw foul trouble in the first half, P.J. Tucker also filled in as a small-ball 5.
Morris finished with eight points on 3-of-5 shooting. Tucker had five points and five rebounds while Dedmon, who battled foul trouble all evening, added nine points and nine rebounds in 17 minutes.
In Adebayo’s absence, two-way wing Caleb Martin saw his first extended playing time of the season. He finished with 12 points on 6-of-10 shooting with five rebounds and three steals in 26 minutes.
Saturday marked the Heat’s first game of the season where they’ve surrendered 100-plus points in regulation. Memphis shot 38.6 percent and 32.0 percent from deep.
Ja Morant and De’Anthony Melton both tallied 20 points apiece, the team high. Morant shot 7-of-18 from the floor with seven assists; Melton shot 6-of-12, including 4-of-7 from deep, with five assists and three steals, also tying a team high.
Desmond Bane had 17 points with a team-high five 3-pointers. Kyle Anderson tallied 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting, including 3-of-4 from deep.
The Heat improve to 5-1 on the year while Memphis drops to 3-3. Miami’s held each of its first six opponents to sub-40.0 percent shooting.
Kyle Lowry’s 3-pointer opened the floodgates for what was a blistering-hot Heat shooting performance.
Markieff Morris’ triple gave Miami the early 21-10 lead. The Heat, after shooting 25.8 from deep over their last four games, netted their first five 3-pointers and nine of their first 11 shots.
Tucker’s layup put the Heat ahead 30-20 with 2:52 left in the opening quarter. Strus’ 3-pointer — their eighth of the first half (on 10 attempts) — upped the lead to 44-25.
Ziaire Williams’ 3-pointer to beat the shot clock cut it to 56-45 with 3:30 left in the first half. Butler’s steal-and-score in the final moments of the half rewarded the Heat with a 67-54 entering halftime.
Miami shot 57.9 percent — including a blistering 11-of-15 from distance — in the first 24 minutes; Memphis hit just 42.9 percent of its shots and went 9-of-23 (39.1 percent) from beyond the arc.
The Heat exited halftime on an 8-0 run — capped-off by Dedmon’s second triple of the season. Memphis battled, cutting the deficit to 16. But back-to-back triples from Robinson followed by Martin’s fastbreak layup extended Miami’s lead to 100-74 with 2:02 left in the third quarter.
The Grizzlies countered with an 8-0 run of their own to begin the fourth — capped by Melton’s corner 3 — though it wasn’t enough. Lowry’s steal-and-score made it 116-91 with 7:18 remaining, which was all she wrote.
Each team has their regular starters subbed out with 2:30 left.
But, of course, the highlight of the night:
Next up: Miami travels to Dallas on Tuesday to take on the Mavericks on Tuesday. Tip-off will be at 7:30 p.m. EST on TNT.