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Durant leaves early with thigh injury, heat fall – CBS New York

MIAMI (CBSNewYork / AP) – Bam Adebayo is said to have timed out. He has another idea. This is the scenario he envisioned many times in his head, the match was drawn, the crowd stood on his feet, the ball in hand, the last seconds passed.

“Your moments,” Adebayo told himself.

He delivered – when the Miami Heat needed him most.

Adebayo drove to the left, stopped and watched his 13-foot jumper rattle when time expired, a blow that allowed Heat to beat The brooklyn network 109-107 on Sunday to shoot a three-game slide.

“He handled it the right way,” said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra. “He looked over to the bench, and at that time we made eye contact. I held up my hands, and it was like, ‘Okay, better be the last shot.’

It was.

Adebayo had 21 points and 15 rebounds for Heat, who were ahead with six points in the final minutes before ending the match 10-2.

Goran Dragic has 18 points, Kendrick Nunn 17 and Trevor Ariza 15 for Miami.

Landry Shamet has 30 points for Brooklyn, and Kyrie Irving scored 20 for the Nets. Brooklyn played again without James Harden, sidelined with hamstring problems, and lost Kevin Durant early in the first half due to a left thigh injury.

“He’s in pain, but we don’t know how serious it is,” said Brooklyn coach Steve Nash.

Jimmy Butler – who called Heat “soft” after Friday’s defeat in Minnesota – was held by Miami with a sprained right ankle, his 16th game missed this season.

It has been almost the whole way, Miami never led more than seven, Brooklyn was never more than five until the very last minute. The Heat combined that seven point advantage as the Dragic layup with 6:50 remaining at 99-92, but the Nets scored the next 13 points to regain the lead.

Bruce Brown had a mix to kick off the break, then got a back strike in the hands of Joe Harris to set up a 3-pointer, and Shamet made a 3s return to put the Nets four. Those 11 points came in exactly 2 minutes, and a goal-kick added another basket for Harris to lead 105-99 with 4:04 left.

Brooklyn got 0 points for 5 from the field the rest of the way.

“They played well, hit a lot of shots, so you have to take credit, as I always say,” says Irving. “But there are certainly some preventable plays that I feel could be better off.”

Miami control ends, and necessary. A loss would leave Miami 2 games behind New York in the East Conference’s sixth place race, leaving a team out of play-in. Instead, Heat is still 1½ back with 15 matches remaining.

“A season can turn around very quickly,” Adebayo said.

Durant has 4:03 left after scoring the first eight points of Brooklyn. He was fouled in a 1:33 drive in the competition and missed both free throws – it’s just the second time this season he’s been 0 to 2 on a trip to the foul.

He left shortly after, and the Nets quickly announced his day to an end. Durant missed 33 of Brooklyn’s 57 games.


Nets: Brooklyn only needs to go 8-7 to post the record for the best season in franchise history. … The Nets used their 31st formation in 57 games. … Brown entered the arena dressed in Miami University attire, to pay homage to the place where he spent his two college seasons. … It was the third match to score 20 points for Shamet this season.

Heat: Butler has missed all three games against Brooklyn this season. His first two games, in January, were in his 10 appearances for COVID-19. … Victor Oladipo (right knee pain) missed the fifth consecutive game. … Actor and comedian Chris Rock was also among the attendees, Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores and tennis star Coco Gauff.


Miami’s Dewayne Dedmon has only lost one goal and has 10 points and 10 rebounds. He was 8 for 8 from the foul line. This is the NBA’s first single-shot, 10-point matchup since 2012 and the second such match in Heat history.


Harris is the only Brooklyn player to appear in all 57 Nets games this season, and Nash says he’s a “fighter” for the club. “He’s too reliable,” said Nash. “I want him to miss a few years. I don’t think it is unhealthy for him to play that many games. He also plays very hard. He’s a warrior who just wants to play nightly and when I even take a break, he doesn’t like it at all ”.


Teams managed to combine 15 3 points in the first quarter, most like any match this season. It happened in four other competitions and tied for the fourth-highest first quarter sum in NBA history. The record is 19, set by Dallas and Golden State on December 28, 2019.


Nets: Visit New Orleans on Tuesday.

Heat: Hosts Houston on Monday.

(© Copyright 2021 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)



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