01/19 21:06 CST Short-handed Heat pull away late, top Trail Blazers 104-92
Short-handed Heat pull away late, top Trail Blazers 104-92
By TIM REYNOLDS
AP Basketball Writer
MIAMI (AP) --- Caleb Martin scored 26 points, Bam Adebayo added 20 points and
11 rebounds, and the short-handed Miami Heat defeated the Portland Trail
Blazers 104-92 on Wednesday night.
Max Strus scored 15 points for Miami, including a 3-pointer with 2:01 remaining
that put the Heat up 10. Dewayne Dedmon scored 12 for the Heat, who started the
game without Kyle Lowry and Tyler Herro --- then lost Jimmy Butler to a
Lowry missed the game for personal reasons. Herro entered the NBA's health and
safety protocols on Wednesday.
Anfernee Simons scored 27 points, CJ McCollum scored 24 and Jusuf Nurkic
finished with 18 points and 14 rebounds for Portland. Robert Covington added 11
points and 12 rebounds for the Blazers.
McCollum hit a jumper to tie the game at 87-87 with 6:57 left. The Heat
outscored the Blazers 17-5 from there.
Gabe Vincent scored 11 for Miami, which held a 58-12 lead in bench scoring.
Butler was ejected with 2:28 left in the first half, arguing on a play where he
scored and got fouled by Nurkic. Referee Mousa Dagher, who was under the
basket, did not call a foul; referee Eric Dalen did and the NBA's play-by-play
report said referee Courtney Kirkland, along the left sideline, did as well.
But Butler took offense with Dagher not calling it and marched right toward
him, shouting. Dagher called a technical foul, as would be expected. Butler
walked away and continued saying something, though he did not appear to be
directing anything toward a specific referee. Kirkland called the second
technical, prompting the automatic ejection.
Trail Blazers: Portland has, by far, the best regular-season record of any team
visiting Miami. Even with the loss, the Blazers are 21-12 on the Heat's home
floor, well ahead of second-best Oklahoma City's 18-14 record at Miami when
including the Seattle years. ... Portland had 10 3-pointers in the first half,
the eighth time that's happened by intermission for the Blazers this season.
Heat: Herro turns 22 on Thursday. He scored more points --- 2,344 --- by his
22nd birthday than anyone in Heat history, 65 more than Michael Beasley.
They're well ahead of all others; Adebayo is third with 1,206. ... Omer
Yurtseven's streak of 14 consecutive double-digit rebound games ended because
he played 7.4 seconds to end the first half. He hasn't been in the rotation
since Adebayo returned on Monday.
When Butler got ejected, the Heat were without 40% of their scoring this
season. Herro, Butler and Lowry, in that order, are Miami's leaders in total
Portland announced a number of front-office hirings and promotions Wednesday,
including one that was of particular interest in Miami. Sheri Sam --- who
played in all but one of the 96 games that the Miami Sol were part of in their
three NBA seasons, 2000 through 2002 --- is the Trail Blazers' new scouting
manager. Sam will work with Portland's basketball operations staff on player
evaluation, information gathering, the salary cap and basketball analytics. She
was the leading scorer and rebounder in Sol history.
Trail Blazers: Visit Boston on Friday.
Heat: Visit Atlanta on Friday.
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