HEAT Annihilate Rockets In Historic Outing

Jimmy Butler
Photo Credit: David Alvarez
by Joe Beguiristain

Well, this was a ridiculous game.

Seriously, the HEAT couldn’t be stopped, as they set franchise records for points in a first quarter (46) and point differential after one (plus-32) en route to a 129-100 victory over the Rockets Sunday night at AmericanAirlines Arena.

And most importantly, nearly everyone contributed in the win.

Let’s see how it all went down.

1. Butler Sets The Tone

To nobody’s surprise, Jimmy Butler put on a show in Miami’s historic first quarter.

How so?

Well, he kicked off the game with 13 points, five rebounds, five assists and two steals in the opening period, including this great pass to Meyers Leonard after drawing in the defense:

Oh yeah, this finish with contact thanks to a steal and dish from Tyler Herro was also pretty cool:

Bucket Brothers.

As the night progressed, Butler continued to play well and competed hard defensively against James Harden.

Just check out these possessions in the third quarter for proof of that:

When it was all said and done, the 30-year-old vet accumulated 18 points on 7-of-15 shooting, a game-high nine assists, seven rebounds, a game-high four steals, one block and a game-high plus-29 rating (tied with Leonard).

2. Robinson Has A Career Night…Again

Remember Duncan Robinson’s career night against the Timberwolves exactly one week ago?

Well, that’s already been surpassed.

Thanks to good movement off the ball as usual, Robinson drilled a career-high seven triples. Yes, seven.

And while he set that mark in the fourth, this three in transition after blocking Eric Gordon in the first quarter was his best sequence:

In all, the 25-year-old sharpshooter amassed a team and career-high 23 points on 8-of-12 shooting, including 7-of-11 from deep, a career-high six rebounds, a career-high two blocks (tied), one assist and a plus-20 rating.

3. Leonard Stays Sharp

From the start, Leonard rolled to the basket with force, remained ready for the catch inside and took advantage of mismatches whenever the opportunity presented itself.

Above all else, this cut and one-handed throwdown in a 10-point third quarter was perhaps his most electric play:

Leonard ended up with a season-high 21 points on 9-of-11 shooting, four rebounds, a career-high three steals, one assist, one block and a team-high plus-29 rating.

Other Takeaways:

-So…this lob from Bam Adebayo to Butler late in the second quarter was a sight to behold:

Adebayo finished with eight points on 3-of-5 shooting, five rebounds, five assists, two steals and a block.

-James Johnson made his presence felt in his season debut, as he came through with some great segments of defense in the first quarter and then followed that up with 10 points in the fourth.

In total, JJ had 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting, four rebounds and three assists.

Game Notes:

-Justise Winslow (Lower Back Tightness) was an active scratch.

-Derrick Jones Jr. (Left Groin Strain), Daryl Macon (G League - Two-Way) and KZ Okpala (Left Achilles Strain) were inactive.

Looking Ahead:

-The HEAT will head out west for a three-game trip against the Nuggets, Suns and Lakers. Miami’s next home tilt won’t be until Tuesday, Nov. 12 against the Pistons. Tickets for that matchup at AmericanAirlines Arena can be found here.

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