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Bam at buzzer: Adebayo hits game-winning trey for Heat


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Bam at buzzer: Adebayo hits game-winning trey for Heat

CLUTCH. Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo (13) celebrates with guard Terry Rozier (2) and forward Duncan Robinson (55) after he hits a three point basket as time ran out to win the game against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena.

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Bam Adebayo sinks just the 12th three-pointer of his career as he propels a Heat side missing star Jimmy Butler to a thrilling win over the Pistons

Bam Adebayo made a 30-foot shot just before the final buzzer, giving the visiting Miami Heat a 104-101 win over the Detroit Pistons on Sunday, March 17 (Monday, March 18, Manila time).

On the final play, Terry Rozier drove toward the top of the key, then kicked the ball to a trailing Adebayo. It was just the 12th three-pointer of the Heat center’s career.

The Heat completed a four-game sweep of the season series. They also won at Detroit on Friday, 108-95.

Duncan Robinson led Miami with 30 points and 5 assists. Adebayo finished with 20 points and 17 rebounds. Rozier had 17 points and 9 assists, while Jaime Jaquez Jr. added 15 points for Miami (37-30).

Leading scorer Jimmy Butler missed the contest due to a right foot injury.

Evan Fournier led the Pistons (12-55) with 18 points. Cade Cunningham had 17 points and 9 assists, Simone Fontecchio added 13 points and 8 rebounds, while Jalen Duren paired 11 points with 10 rebounds.

Miami scored the first 7 points but Detroit held a 23-21 lead by the end of the first quarter.

The Pistons extended the advantage early in the second but Robinson erupted for 15 points during the quarter as Miami grabbed a 60-50 halftime lead.

With the score 79-63 Miami midway through the third, the Pistons suddenly caught fire. They scored the last 13 points of the quarter to pull within 3 points.

Fournier got the run going with a three-pointer. Fontecchio added a three-point play during that stretch.

Rozier knocked down a 20-foot shot during the opening minute of the fourth, then set up Jaquez for a three-pointer to give the Heat an 84-76 lead.

An Adebayo dunk made it 87-78 but Detroit answered with a 7-0 spurt, including 5 points from Fournier. Duren tied the game at 90 with 5:21 remaining on two free throws.

The Heat scored the next 5 points on Adebayo’s dunk and Robinson’s three-pointer. After Detroit pulled within a point, Robinson completed a four-point play with two minutes to go.

Isaiah Stewart answered with a three-pointer, and Cunningham’s layup with 43 seconds left tied the score. Both teams came up empty on the next possessions before Adebayo’s game-winner. –

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