The Heat managed to retain their playoff status this Sunday with a win against the Pelicans, a long overdue upset in the Eastern Conference table.
Importantly, in the end the Miami quintet managed to pull out the caste to earn a crucial 100–96 victory against the New Orleans team for the 19,600 fans gathered at the Miami-Dade Arena to enjoy.
“The Miami Heat fan base always gets their money’s worth,” said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra after the heated contest.
As such, the Heat (26-22) remain in sixth place, which they will defend again this Tuesday against the conference leaders, the Celtics (35-12).
It seems unbelievable that Miami won a game they lost by 16 points in which they made only eight triples on 34 attempts (23.5%), four of them in the final quarter. He also had 23 turnovers and was punted for most of the game until the final quarter.
Tyler Herro missed five turnovers but made up for it with four 3-pointers and 26 points, which made him the Heat’s leading scorer with eight rebounds and four assists.
Jimmy Butler didn’t start well, but he finished with 18 with 11 cards in the third quarter and had five crucial steals.
“Jimmy only had 7 field goals and 2 assists. But he made 10 free throw attempts,” highlights Spoelstra.
Bam Adebayo finished with 18 points and was close to a double-double with nine rebounds.
Adebayo said, “When we stop and convert well we are hard to beat.”
Kyle Lowry, with nine points in the final two minutes of the fourth quarter, finished with 17 points, four steals and was key in the win.
“We had a good run down the stretch, and Kyle was a big part of that,” Spoelstra said.
Victor Oladipo lined up with 11 heavily worked cards for the second unit that only got six more. He scored the last two goals that sealed the victory for Miami.
For New Orleans, Trey Murphy stands out with 17 points, followed by Jonas Valancius with 14, CJ McCollum with 13, Larry Nance with 12 and Dyson Daniels and Herbert Jones with 11 each.
New Orleans prevailed after finishing the first half 47–41, with Murphy scoring 14 points and taking advantage of Miami’s offensive collapse, where Herro with 15 was the only one to show his face.
The Pelicans went on a dominant 16–6 run to take the first quarter 32–23.
The Heat came back from their poor start and with a 7–2 rally, led by Herro with eight cards, they came close on the scoreboard, but New Orleans retook the lead with a triple at the buzzer. Butler only scored 2 points and Miami made a 3-pointer on five attempts with eight turnovers.
The Sun Capitals quintet began the second quarter as soon as the first quarter was played, and the Pelicans took advantage of the fact that the unit did not score, that their opponent was 1 of 11 in triples, and that they lost the other five balls. gave. Increase profit to 16 points.
Finally, the Heat finally responded and went on a 10-0 run to take an 18-15 quarter and trail their opponent by six.
Everything changed in the second half.
After the first two minutes of the third, everything remained the same, but little by little Miami got closer until they tied the game at 55 with 6:37 on the clock. They tied the score twice before Butler (3:10′) took their first lead of the game with two free throws.
In the end, the Heat won the quarter 28–21, but the Pelicans held on 72–69.
One minute into the final quarter, Capital del Sol’s quintet took command again, but failed to escape despite Herro’s two three-pointers, until Adebayo extended the lead to four at 3:49.
Three straight baskets in front of Lowry kept the Heat going, who sealed the win with two free throws by Oladipo after both teams got the golden rebound after multiple turnovers. Miami won the partial 31–24 and with it came an impressive comeback.
This story was originally published on January 22, 2023 At 6:24 pm