Jimmy Butler took the final free throw of the night time, then bent his knees a bit and nearly appeared uncertain what would occur because the ball made its method to the rim.
Seems, it was good — and so was Miami on Tuesday night time.
The Heat set an NBA file by making all 40 of their free throws, the final of these approaching Butler’s three-point play with 12.9 seconds left, and rallied within the ultimate moments to beat the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder 112-111.
Miami topped the 39-for-39 effort by Utah towards Portland on Dec. 7, 1982.
“It’s just a normal Tuesday night for the Miami Heat,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra stated. “I think this is when we feel most alive, when everything just happens and when all of our competitive juices get out there. That’s the team we all can relate to. That’s the team I like.”
Right here’s simply a few of what occurred Tuesday — the Heat performed with out six injured gamers, together with 4 starters; backup Heat heart Dewayne Dedmon was ejected after arguing along with his personal group and smacking a therapeutic massage gun onto the court docket throughout play from the sideline; Miami had a six-point possession within the fourth quarter; and Josh Giddey had a triple-double for the Thunder.
Oh, and the file from the road.
“Credit them, first of all, for that,” Thunder coach Mark Daigneault stated. “That’s impressive.”
Butler scored 35 factors and was 23 for 23 from the road, tying the second-most makes and not using a miss in NBA historical past. James Harden made 24 and not using a miss for Houston on Dec. 3, 2019, and Dirk Nowitzki made 24 and not using a miss for Dallas in a playoff sport towards the Thunder on Might 17, 2011. Dominique Wilkins additionally went 23 for 23 in a sport in 1992.
“We won,” Butler stated. “Complete team effort. I’m proud of my guys.”
Max Strus scored 22 factors and Victor Oladipo had 19 for Miami. The Heat have been with out 4 common starters — Tyler Herro, Bam Adebayo, Kyle Lowry and Caleb Martin — due to accidents.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 26 factors for the Thunder. Giddey completed with 18 factors, 15 rebounds and 10 assists, getting the triple-double on an help organising Aaron Wiggins’ dunk for a 111-106 lead with 1:28 left.
Miami scored the ultimate six factors.
“Whatever it takes to win,” Butler stated.
Miami led 89-88 going into the fourth, and with Butler on the bench — he had performed all the third quarter — the Thunder took benefit. They scored the primary six factors of the ultimate interval, taking their first lead of bigger than three factors when Tre Mann related on a jumper with 9:20 left for a 94-89 lead.
However a six-point possession gave Miami the lead again. Oladipo made a steal and Thunder heart Eugene Omoruyi was referred to as for a clear-path foul. Oladipo made each free throws, and on the continued Miami possession, Gabe Vincent made a 3-pointer whereas getting fouled by Mann. Vincent made the free throw, and identical to that, a 96-91 deficit was a 97-96 lead.
“We always talk about finding a way to win. … This is a good start to that,” Butler stated.
Reporting by The Related Press.
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