HEAT Fall Short To Rockets

Kendrick Nunn
Photo Credit: David Alvarez
by Joe Beguiristain

Despite a valiant comeback attempt, the HEAT fell to the Rockets 144-133 Friday night at AmericanAirlines Arena in their preseason finale.

As to how Miami got back in it, look no further than Kendrick Nunn.

1. Nunn Puts On A Show

Soo…umm…if you didn’t know, K. Nunn can ball.

After doing his thing through three quarters with aggressive takes to the basket, catch-and-shoot treys, pull-up mid-range jumpers and this cool finish with contact in transition…

…Nunn continued to do it all in the fourth.

Seriously, he scored 17 points on 6-of-7 shooting in the final period. Yes, 17.

That wasn’t all, though, as Nunn also competed hard on the defensive end against the likes of James Harden and Russell Westbrook among others throughout the contest.

When it was all said and done, K9 tallied a team-high 40 points on 15-of-27 shooting, including 6-of-10 from deep, three assists, two boards and a steal.

2. Bam Wheels & Deals

While Bam Adebayo did his usual damage inside with crafty finishes and thunderous dunks, he really dazzled with his passing.

I mean, just check out this great nutmeg pass to Goran Dragić late in the second quarter:

PJ Tucker didn’t know what hit him.

Adebayo finished with 13 points on a perfect 6-of-6 shooting, a team-high 11 rebounds, six assists and a steal.

3. The KO/Dragić Connection Remains Sharp

After showing no rust at all in his preseason debut against the Magic, Kelly Olynyk did more of the same on Friday.

It was nothing overly complex, but KO continued to run the pick-and-pop to perfection with Dragić in the second quarter.

Here is a perfect example of their chemistry:

Speaking of Dragić, the Slovenian provided a scoring punch off the bench and mixed up his offensive approach per usual.

The 33-year-old guard ended up with 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting, including 2-of-3 from downtown, a team-high seven assists and three boards.

Olynyk, meanwhile, totaled 11 points on 4-of-5 shooting, including 3-of-4 from distance, three rebounds and an assist.

Game Note:

-Jimmy Butler (Rest), KZ Okpala (Sick), Udonis Haslem (Sprained Left Wrist) and James Johnson (Conditioning) did not play.

Looking Ahead:

-The HEAT will now prepare for their season opener on Wednesday, Oct. 23 against the Grizzlies. Tickets for that game at AmericanAirlines Arena can be found here.

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