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Bam goes off again as Miami Heat pick up the W at home against Indiana 116-111

Heat have tied the season series with the Pacers at 2 games a piece.

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NBA all-star Bam Adebayo and the Miami Heat come away with a bounce back victory at home against the Indiana Pacers 116-111. Miami goes into the trade deadline with a record of 30-25, and tie up the season series 2-2 with Indiana. Tyrese Haliburton was held in check with only 11 points on the night. Adebayo continued his domination with a 38 point and 9 rebound masterpiece, doing it efficiently with 12/16 shooting and 14/14 from the free throw line.

To start this recap with the player of the game, Adebayo proved once again why he is an all-nba talent in this league. He was truly in his bag and got to his wheel house with those comfortable mid range pull ups. The improvement in his outside jumper has been extremely noticeable as he has grown into a legitimate threat from those elbow jump shots. It’s great to see the hard work in the off-season pay off for Adebayo in that regard.

This was Bam’s 10th 30 point game of the season, already 5 more than last season with a few games left to go before the all-star break. He has been a force to be reckoned with, and the work he puts in has been justified with the clear leaps in his game.

Jimmy Butler was the second leading scorer tonight with 25 points. He took the game over in the 3rd quarter and provided a much needed boost to the team. Butler was doing the dirty work inside the paint, as he hit back to back and 1 lay ups in that quarter. It was able to ignite a solid closing effort from the squad. He also showed his all around talent by pitching in 7 assists and 5 boards.

The rest of the starting 5 tonight all had big contributions as well. Tyler Herro struggled slightly with his shooting but just like he’s done all season he made up for it in other ways. He snagged 6 boards, dished 3 assists and provided solid one on one defense. Caleb Martin was a menace in the passing lanes, as the starting PF notched 4 steals to go along with a 12 point, 11 rebound double double.

Martin continues his good shooting numbers as of late, and to see him being aggressive on defense like that is always encouraging. He put his imprint’s all over this game and was an x-factor type of player, just like how he has been the last 5 games or so. However, it was Gabe Vincent who filled it up offensively and jump started this team right out of the gate.

Vincent continues to look like a starting caliber NBA point guard, filling in for Kyle Lowry.
Speaking of Lowry, Jimmy Butler addressed the trade rumors that Lowry has been in with less than 24 hours away from the trade deadline. Lowry is a player that reportedly numerous teams have called the Heat about. His consistent struggles have been disappointing all season long, but it seemed like Butler had his friends back.

We’ll see what happens, but regardless it was a great win and much needed bounce back performance after dropping 2 straight that the Heat could’ve won on the road. For now the focus shifts to tomorrow’s deadline.

Moves or no moves, Miami is set to play the Houston Rockets inside Miami-Dade Arena on Friday at 8:00 PM ET.