Bam Adebayo totaled 24 points and nine rebounds as the visiting Miami Heat dominated inside and recorded a 106-93 win over the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night in New York.
Adebayo highlighted an 8-for-17 showing by converting four dunks. He hit consecutive dunks to put Miami up 98-89 with about 3 1/2 minutes left.
Jimmy Butler supported Adebayo’s big night with a stellar all-around showing. He added 17 points, 14 rebounds, seven assists and four steals.
The big nights by Butler and Adebayo helped Miami to a commanding 62-42 rebounding margin.
P.J. Tucker added 15 and seven boards as the Heat survived shooting 39.6 percent. Dewayne Dedmon and Tyler Herro added 14 apiece as Miami got 48 points in the paint.
Kevin Durant led all scorers with 25 points but the Nets shot just 38.8 percent and scored two baskets in the final 4:33. The Nets lost for the third time in five games this season and each loss has been by double-digits.
Joe Harris contributed 15 and James Harden chipped in 14 for Brooklyn, which shot 32.6 percent from behind the arc.
Miami held a 29-22 lead after the first quarter by ending the period with a 14-4 run over the last 4:59. A basket by Butler put Miami up 41-29 with 7:07 left in the second but the Nets ended the first half with a 22-8 run and held a 51-49 lead by halftime after Blake Griffin converted a 3-point play with 34.4 seconds remaining.
Miami ripped off 14 straight points for a 63-57 lead on a 3-pointer by Duncan Robinson with 7:38 left. The Heat held an 81-74 lead into the fourth after Harris missed a 3-pointer right before the buzzer.