NEW YORK – Brooklyn’s three superstars had been simply sufficient to beat Bam Adebayo’s sensible particular person effort.
Kevin Durant scored 31 factors, Kyrie Irving took over late and had 28 and the Nets overcame Adebayo’s career-high 41 factors to beat the Miami Warmth 128-124 on Saturday night time.
James Harden completed with 12 factors, 11 assists and 7 rebounds because the Nets gained for the primary time with their Huge Three enjoying collectively. They misplaced consecutive video games with dismal defensive efforts in Cleveland and barely bought sufficient stops to carry off a short-handed Warmth workforce that had been restricted to 81 factors by Toronto an evening earlier.
“It’s not day by day you see this assortment of men enjoying collectively in NBA historical past, so we wish to take full benefit of that,” Irving stated.
Irving helped pull the Nets by with 12 factors within the last 5:48 after the Warmth had erased practically all of an 18-point deficit.
Joe Harris added 23 factors and 7 3-pointers for Brooklyn, however the Nets wanted Irving’s 18 factors within the last quarter of a sport that they had largely managed.
“All three of these guys, they’re simply so rattling expert. Off the dribble, their capturing skill, their skill to see open gamers, and that’s why they’re three of one of the best on this enterprise,” Warmth coach Erik Spoelstra stated. “And people are pictures that solely nice gamers can manufacture.”
Goran Dragic scored 19 factors and Kendrick Nunn and Duncan Robinson every had 18 for the Warmth, who stay with out Jimmy Butler and Tyler Herro. Adebayo additionally had 9 assists whereas blowing previous his earlier finest scoring night time of 30 factors.
“I want we’d gotten the W; 40 don’t imply nothing except you bought the W, for actual,” Adebayo stated.
Durant was 5 for five and scored 13 factors within the third quarter, with the final of his three 3-pointers within the interval making it 96-80. Adebayo beat the buzzer with a jumper, than Miami opened the fourth with a 13-0 run to get inside 96-95.
“We had been up 20 factors all through, 16, 14 going to the fourth quarter, so we had been in fine condition. However we’ve bought to place collectively 4 quarters of nice basketball,” Durant stated.
Irving, Harden and Durant rapidly mixed for eight straight factors however Adebayo saved coming, and the Nets wanted a few clutch baskets from Irving and late free throws to drag it out.
Harris had 4 3-pointers and 12 factors within the first quarter. The Nets had been forward 60-42 with just a little greater than two minutes left within the half, however Miami trimmed it to 66-56 on Adebayo’s 3-pointer simply earlier than the buzzer.
Harden did not make a basket till the fourth, threatening to go with out one in a sport for the primary time since he left Oklahoma Metropolis. He lastly tried his first shot with 0.7 seconds left within the first quarter and was fouled behind the arc, making all three free throws for a 36-25 lead.
Warmth: Moe Harkless began at ahead however exited within the second quarter with a bruised left thigh after banging legs with a Nets participant alongside the baseline. He hadn’t even performed within the sequence opener towards Toronto and bought solely six minutes Friday.
Nets: Jeff Inexperienced scored 11 factors. … The Nets got here in averaging an NBA-best 121.5 factors at residence.
THE SHIRT OFF HIS BACK
Irving and Adebayo have been mates for years however which means little in the course of the coronavirus pandemic. Irving was making an attempt to get Adebayo’s pink-and-blue Warmth jersey after the sport before security intervened, as new NBA initiatives attempt to maintain opposing gamers separated to cease the unfold of the virus.
“Oh, he positively needs it,” Adebayo stated. “I’m going to ship him one alone time.”
Irving was fined $50,000 just lately for not sporting a masks throughout an indoor gathering and stated he was making an attempt to remain out of bother.
“I simply wish to observe NBA protocols,” he stated.
LINE THEM UP
Miami used its eleventh completely different beginning lineup in its fifteenth sport, whereas coach Steve Nash despatched out a special first 5 for the twelfth time in Brooklyn’s 18 video games. A part of that’s due to participant absences and half as a result of he’s nonetheless experimenting following the Harden commerce, which he should have to do earlier than selecting his most popular starters.
“I am undecided we’re there but,” Nash stated. “It is likely to be supreme to be there however I don’t know that we’re, so I don’t wish to decide to that but.”
The groups meet once more Monday at Barclays Heart.
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