HEAT Fall To Nuggets

Jimmy Butler, Gary Harris
Photo Credit: Garrett Ellwood
by Joe Beguiristain
HEAT.com

Although the HEAT were within striking distance of the Nuggets at halftime, they couldn’t get much going after that in a 109-89 loss Tuesday night at Pepsi Center.

Let’s take a look at some bright spots despite the disappointing result.

1. Butler Aggressive Early

While Jimmy Butler struggled a bit with his shot, he didn’t let that affect his disposition.

Rather, the 30-year-old vet absorbed a ton of contact on drives to the bucket, took advantage from the charity stripe and continued to be active on the defensive end.

Speaking of defense, this was one of his better sequences of the night:

When it was all said and done, Butler recorded a team-high 16 points on 10-of-12 shooting from the free-throw line, seven boards (four offensive), four assists and two steals.

2. Quick Start For Leonard

Meyers Leonard got off to a fantastic start and scored 10 of Miami’s first 14 points, including this nifty reverse layup:

Whoa.

Leonard finished with those aforementioned 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting and an assist.

3. Dragić Sets Up His Guys

From the very moment he checked in for the first time, Goran Dragić wheeled and dealed to get his teammates good looks.

And while he dished out a bunch of nice passes in the first half, this lob to Derrick Jones Jr. late in the third quarter was perhaps his best:

In all, the Slovenian tallied nine points, a team-high seven assists, one rebound and one block.

Other Takeaways:

-Kelly Olynyk was solid on both ends, as he drilled a team-high four treys, played stout defense inside and drew these two charges:

Olynyk ended up with 13 points on 4-of-8 shooting, seven rebounds, two steals, one assist and one block.

Game Note:

-Daryl Macon (G League - Two-Way), KZ Okpala (Left Achilles Strain) and Dion Waiters (Coach’s Decision) were inactive.

Looking Ahead:

-The HEAT will continue their road trip and face the Suns on Thursday and Lakers on Friday. Miami’s next home tilt won’t be until Tuesday, Nov. 12 against the Pistons. Tickets for that game at AmericanAirlines Arena can be found here.

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