Grabbing a second consecutive win hasn’t been easy this season, and the Heat will look to get a season-best third straight win when they host the Knicks on Tuesday.
The Heat was led by Bam Adebayo with 24 points and 11 rebounds as he also took on the task of guarding the Knicks’ best player Julius Randle. Miami had all five starters in double figures as well as Tyler Herro with 16 points off the bench. Kendrick Nunn continued his improved play, adding 16 points as he started in place of injured Goran Dragic. Nunn’s play was crucial in Miami hanging close in the first quarter and half with Reggie Bullock exploding from the three-point line.
Kelly Olynyk continued to struggle from the outside, going 2-9 from deep, but came up big with a dunk and-1 late in the game. The Heat sealed this game with their defense and it was a strong showing.
RJ Barret was held to three points, a season low and Miami kept the rest of the roster in check. The Heat also only committed 11 turnovers as a team, which clearly gives them a much better chance at winning.
Miami seems to be putting together some things defensively and it is giving them a better outcome. The Heat moved to 9-14 on the season.
Miami will host the Knicks on Tuesday night, 7:30 pm.