NEW YORK (AP) — Kevin Durant scored 31 factors, Kyrie Irving took over late and had 28 and the Brooklyn Nets overcame Bam Adebayo’s career-high 41 factors to beat the Miami Heat 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 three superstars enjoying collectively. They misplaced consecutive video games with dismal defensive efforts in Cleveland and barely obtained sufficient stops to carry off a short-handed Warmth staff that had been restricted to 81 factors an evening earlier.
However Irving helped pull them by, with 12 factors within the remaining 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.
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 greatest scoring night time of 30 factors.
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-Zero run to get inside 96-95.
Irving, Harden and Durant shortly mixed for eight straight factors however Adebayo saved coming. and the Nets wanted a few clutch baskets from Irving and late free throws to tug it out.
Harris had 4 3-pointers and 12 factors within the first quarter. The Nets have been forward 60-42 with a bit 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 didn’t have an official shot try within the first quarter. He lastly tried a shot with 0.7 seconds left 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.
Nets: Jeff Inexperienced scored 11 factors. … The Nets got here in averaging an NBA-best 121.5 factors at house.
LINE THEM UP
Miami used its 11th totally different beginning lineup in its 15th recreation, whereas coach Steve Nash despatched out a special first 5 for the 12th 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 must do earlier than selecting his most well-liked starters.
“I’m unsure we’re there but,” Nash mentioned. “It is likely to be preferrred to be there however I don’t know that we’re, so I don’t need to decide to that but.”
The groups meet once more Monday at Barclays Middle.