With five minutes left in the fourth period, the Miami Heat were up by nine points. Then, the Brooklyn Nets took control the rest of the way with a 17-4 run to close the game. The Nets 2-3 zone made it tough for the Heat’s offense down the stretch. The loss puts the Heat’s season record to 27-11 for the season. They’re also 10-10 on the road.
For the first time since October 23rd, the Miami Heat trailed after a first-quarter at home. The Washington Wizards‘ fast-paced offense proved to be an early challenge for the Heat’s defense. However, in the second half, the Heat stepped up defensively and held the Wizards to 38 points to win the game. The win improves the Heat to 9-0 at home, which is the best home start in franchise history.
Here are my takeaways from the Heat’s 112-103 victory over the Wizards.
After blowing out the Houston Rockets on Sunday, the Miami Heat were looking to start the road trip off right with a win. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. Up by 10 at halftime, the Denver Nuggets increased their lead with a strong third quarter, outscoring the Heat 31-20 in the period. The Heat now fall to 5-2 for the season.
Despite missing key players, the Jimmy Butler-less Miami Heat rallied back from a huge 21-point deficit and defeated the Milwaukee Bucks. Miami trailed 74-53 with less than 11 minutes left in the third period. However, the Heat ended up winning the second half and overtime 78-56 to complete the comeback win.
Here are my four takeaways from Saturday night’s victory over the Bucks.
As Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra stated in pregame, this was a “dress rehearsal” for the team. The Heat starters played more minutes, and the team played with a ten-man rotation for most of the game. And it was largely successful, with the team defeating the Orlando Magic 107-98 on Thursday.