Monday, December 2, 2019
The Miami Heat have been playing like they have a chip on their shoulder this season as they are sitting with a 13-5 record, good for the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference. They are coming fresh off of a 122-105 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Friday. The South Beach team will look to grab a second win as they battle the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center tonight.
As for the Nets, they are coming off of a 112-107 victory over the Boston Celtics on Friday. After tonight’s game, the Brooklyn team will go on a two-game road trip before returning back on Sunday. Tonight’s matchup will mark the first of three times that these two teams will see each other this season.
A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:
The Heat and the Nets have battled each other a grand total of 137 times in the past as the New York team won 53 games while the Miami Heat went on to grab 84 victories.
-KZ Okpala (Achilles; 0.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.0 APG)
-Udonis Haslem (coach’s decision; 2.5 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 0.0 APG, 100.0 FG%)
-James Johnson (coach’s decision; 3.3 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 0.7 APG, 44.4 FG%, 22.2 3P%)
-Dion Waiters (suspension)
-Daryl Macon (G-League; 1.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.3 APG, 33.3 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
-Nicolas Claxton (hamstring; 3.0 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 1.2 APG, 52.4 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Kevin Durant (Achilles)
-Kyrie Irving (shoulder; 28.5 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 7.2 APG, 44.4 FG%, 34.1 3P%)
-Caris LeVert (thumb; 16.8 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 4.0 APG, 42.1 FG%, 36.1 3P%)
-Rodions Kurucs (G-League; 2.3 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 0.1 APG, 39.1 FG%, 42.9 3P%)
-Henry Ellenson (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)
-Timothe Luwawu Cabarrot (G-League; 0.5 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Wilson Chandler (suspension)
The Brooklyn Nets would have a slight advantage in the first half as they shot fifty percent from the field, keeping the Miami Heat to forty-one percent. Spencer Dinwiddie warmed up with 16 points while knocking down 3 three-pointers in the process. He also had two rebounds, three assists, and one steal while Joe Harris helped out with 14 points.
Texas-native Taurean Prince earned himself nine points while hitting two three-pointers in the process. He also had three blocks while Garrett Temple and Jarrett Allen combined for nine points. DeAndre Jordan played the most minutes off the bench as he had seven points, seven rebounds, and an assist.
On the other end of the court, Jimmy Butler scored 12 points but shot only thirty-six percent from the field. He did have five rebounds and one assist, however. Bam Adebayo contributed with nine points and seven rebounds. Kendrick Nunn gave five points while hitting a three-pointer in the second quarter.
Duncan Robinson had a three-pointer in the first period while collecting three rebounds. Former Trail Blazers’ Meyers Leonard was held scoreless but managed to get three defensive rebounds. Goran Dragic played 15 minutes off the bench as he had nineteen points but it was the New York team who went into halftime with a 65-58 advantage.
The South Beach ball club would make a comeback in the second period as they went on a 51-41 scoring run. During that run, Leonard made up for his scoring drought as he scored nine points on seventy-five percent shooting. He earned all those points from beyond the arc while Butler had five free-throws and a three-pointer. Justise Winslow played the most minutes off the bench but only had six points.
As for the Nets, Harris and Dinwiddie combined for 24 more points. Jordan played 11 minutes off the bench as he had eight points but it wouldn’t matter as the Miami Heat came back to defeat the Brooklyn Nets, 109-106. Goran Dragic finished the game with 24 points, two rebounds, and six assists while Spencer Dinwiddie had 29 points, a season-high six rebounds, 4 assists, and one steal.
The Miami Heat will up north to fight Pascal Siakam (25.1 PPG, 8.6 RPG, 3.9 APG, 46.0 FG%, 37.7 3P%) and the Toronto Raptors (14-4) on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. This will mark the first of three matchups between these two teams this season.
The Brooklyn Nets will go to Georgia to take on Trae Young (28.4 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 8.4 APG, 45.4 FG%, 38.7 3P%) and the Atlanta Hawks (4-16) on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. This game will be the first of four times that they will see each other this season.