Bam Adebayo and the Miami Heat somehow found a way to win the game even without Jimmy Butler. After trailing by as much as six points heading into the final minutes of the game, the team rallied together to snatch the win from the jaws of defeat.
It was a fitting end to an intense game as Adebayo hit a 13-foot jump shot which rattled into the net. The crowd got up on its feet and the entire team gathered around the 23-year-old. However, it was more of a collective team effort from the Miami Heat to tie the game heading into the final stretch.
In the post-game press conference, coach Erik Spoelstra talked about the incredible game awareness of Adebayo. He said, “He handled it the right way. He looked over to the bench, and at that point, we just made eye contact. My hands were up, and it was like, ‘OK, it just better be the last shot.‘”
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Bam Adebayo was the star of the show as he finished with 21 points to his name. Moreover, he also scored a whopping 15 rebounds and five assists during the course of this match. Apart from him, Kendrick Nunn and Goran Dragic contributed heavily to the victory. Nunn scored 17 points while Dragic came off the bench to score 18 points and seven assists.
“They were playing well, hitting a lot of shots, so you’ve got to give credit, like I always say,” Irving said. “But there were definitely some preventable plays out there that I feel like just could have been better.”
The Miami Heat are seventh in the Eastern Conference standings. At the moment, they are squarely in contention for the playoff spots. However, coach Spoelstra and his men will like to win the remainder of their games heading into the business end of the campaign.
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