NBA regular season

Nets rebound with high-scoring victory over Heat

Nets rebound with high-scoring victory over Heat

TIGHT. Heat guard Goran Dragic (right) dribbles the ball as center Bam Adebayo runs a pick against Nets star Kyrie Irving.

Photo by Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports/Reuters

The Brooklyn Big Three of Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and James Harden pick up their first win as the Nets overcome the 41-point explosion of Heat center Bam Adebayo

Kevin Durant scored 31 points as the Brooklyn Nets never trailed and survived multiple fourth-quarter comeback attempts by the Miami Heat and a career-high 41-point night by Bam Adebayo in a 128-124 victory Saturday night, January 23 (Sunday, January 24, Philippine time) in New York.

Kyrie Irving added 18 of his 28 points in the final quarter, including 10 in the final 2:41. Joe Harris added 23 and tied a career-high with 7 three-pointers. 

James Harden did not make a basket until the 4th and finished with 12 points and 11 assists as Brooklyn shot 53.7%, tied a season best with 19 three-pointers, and collected a season-high 34 assists.

Adebayo surpassed his previous career high of 30 points on December 10, 2019 and made 14-of-20 shots but did not hit a basket in the final 5 1/2 minutes. 

Goran Dragic added 19 while Duncan Robinson and Kendrick Nunn finished with 18 apiece as the Heat shot 70% in the 4th and 47.2% overall.

The Nets rebounded from two losses in Cleveland by starting off fast, leading by as many as 18 before surviving Miami’s comebacks in the final period.

After taking a 96-82 lead into the 4th, the Nets allowed Miami to score the first 13 points and get within 96-95 on a layup by Robinson with 9:27 remaining. 

The lead was down to 109-106 on Adebayo’s fadeaway with 5:29 left, and it was 111-110 on a three-pointer by Nunn with 3:23 remaining and 113-112 on a bank shot by Dragic with 1:55 remaining.

The Nets pushed their lead to 120-112 on a layup by Irving with 51 seconds left, but Miami was within 125-123 on 3 free throws by Robinson with 8.4 seconds left. 

Irving split a pair at the line with 7 seconds left, Adebayo split a pair at the line with 3.3 seconds remaining and Harden made two free throws with 2.7 ticks left for a 128-124 lead.

After Miami called a timeout, the game ended when Dragic’s three-point try was well short, as the Nets did not guard him to prevent a potential four-point play. –

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