HEAT Show Resiliency In Gritty Overtime Win Over Bucks

Bam Adebayo
Photo Credit: Gary Dineen
by Joe Beguiristain
HEAT.com

So…this was a wild one.

After falling behind by 21 points in the third quarter, the HEAT stormed back and reclaimed the lead in the fourth. And once Giannis Antetokounmpo answered to force overtime, Miami responded once again to come away with an incredible 131-126 victory over the Bucks.

Let’s get into some takeaways from the action.

1. Adebayo Does It All

Simply put, Bam Adebayo had his entire arsenal on display in Milwaukee.

Not only did he show fantastic touch around the basket and great court vision with the ball in his hands, but he also played disciplined defense on Antetokounmpo.

Speaking of defense, this chase-down block on Eric Bledsoe late in the overtime period was his best play of the night:

Incredible.

Of course, Adebayo also absorbed a ton of contact inside and made the Bucks pay from the charity stripe more often than not down the stretch.

When it was all said and done, the 22-year-old tallied 19 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the field and 9-of-12 shooting from the free-throw line, a team-high 13 rebounds (which tied Justise Winslow), a team-high eight assists (which tied Goran Dragić and his own personal career high) and that block above.

2. Dragić & KO Sharp Late

For the second game in a row, Dragić provided a spark off the bench and scored in bunches.

In fact, he had a run of seven straight points in the second quarter where he scored from all three levels, but his biggest contribution came in the fourth quarter and overtime period when he poured in 15 points.

I mean, just check out this bucket that put the HEAT up 129-123:

In all, the Slovenian recorded a team-high 25 points, a team-high eight assists and six boards.

Kelly Olynyk, meanwhile, hit some timely threes and came through with this fantastic steal in transition late in the fourth:

What. Effort.

Olynyk ended the evening with 14 points on 5-of-11 shooting, including 4-of-9 from deep, five assists, four rebounds, a steal and a plus-15 rating.

3. Nunn & Herro Flip The Script

With Miami down double-digits at half, Kendrick Nunn and Tyler Herro answered the call and helped their squad get back in it.

All told, the two rookies combined for 21 points in the third quarter (12 for Nunn, nine for Herro).

As for how they did it, both guys did damage off the dribble and hit runners like this one:

Tough.

Nunn finished with 18 points on 8-of-17 shooting, five assists, four rebounds, a team-high two steals and a block. Herro, on the other hand, ended up with 14 points and five boards.

Other Takeaways:

-Winslow directed traffic on the offensive end and set up his teammates with some great passes early on, but this defensive sequence in overtime to force a travel on Bledsoe was remarkable:

In total, Winslow amassed 10 points, a team-high 13 rebounds (four offensive), seven assists, a steal and a team-high plus-16 rating.

-Derrick Jones Jr. did a little bit of everything, as he cut to the basket with force, played hard-nosed defense on Antetokounmpo and came through with and-one finishes like this:

(Also note the nice block by Duncan Robinson on Kyle Korver.)

Unfortunately, Jones Jr. sustained a strained left groin later in the fourth and did not return.

He ended the night with 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting, two rebounds and a steal.

Game Notes:

-Udonis Haslem (Sprained Left Wrist) sat out.

-Jimmy Butler (Personal Reasons – Birth of Child), James Johnson (Conditioning) and Dion Waiters did not travel and were inactive.

Looking Ahead:

-The HEAT will get right back to it Sunday night at 7PM against the Timberwolves. From there, Miami will return home to host the Hawks on Tuesday at 7:30 PM. Tickets for that game at AmericanAirlines Arena can be found here.

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