Jacari McRae | March 9th, 2020
The Miami Heat ends their two-game road trip with a split. Playing without Jimmy Butler, the Heat ran their offense through Bam Adebayo. After trailing the Washington Wizards by eight in the fourth quarter, the Heat went on a huge 25-3 run to close the game. And with the Oklahoma City Thunder beating the Boston Celtics, Miami now pulls within a game-and-a-half of the third seed.
Here are my takeaways from Sunday’s road win over the Wizards.
Butler leaves with injury
Jimmy Butler left the game with four minutes left in the third period and did not return. The Heat announced the star was out with a left toe injury. Butler finished the game with only nine points. He only took four shots and recorded zero rebounds and zero assists.
Bam’s monster night
After scoring only nine points against New Orleans on Friday, Bam Adebayo was more aggressive on Sunday. By halftime, he had 14 points and four rebounds. And with Butler out for most of the second half, the Heat put the ball in Bam’s hands. Adebayo drew fouls and attacked the basket. He also found Kendrick Nunn open for a key three-pointer down the stretch.
Bam putting the team on his back down the stretch 💪 pic.twitter.com/CAjggYIKT9— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) March 9, 2020
Adebayo finished the night with 27 points on 9 of 13 shooting from the field. He also added 14 rebounds and six assists.
For the third consecutive game, Duncan Robinson has made seven or more three-pointers. He joins James Harden and Damian Lillard as the only players to accomplish the feat this season. Robinson closed the game with 7 of 11 three-pointers on Sunday.
33-footer 👌 pic.twitter.com/xxIfcgeQlf— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) March 9, 2020
Robinson has arguably been putting up one of the best shooting seasons in league history. He’s currently shooting 45.3 percent on threes and has made 240 threes. And there’s still more games left. There needs to be more national attention for the Heat sharpshooter.
Next up: The Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday. Game tips off at 7:30pm ET.
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