MEMPHIS Grizzlies vsMIAMI Heat NBA 15 March 2023. MIAMI (AP) (AP) The Miami Heat received an easy one for the first time in in two months.
The Heat defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 138-119 on Wednesday night because to Bam. Adebayo’s 26 points, Tyler Herro’s 24 points, and a season-high shooting percentage of 59.8%.
We played 48 minutes of Miami Heat basketball, earning stops, moving quickly in transition. And passing the ball around, according to Adebayo.
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For the Heat, Jimmy Butler scored 23 points, Max Strus added 12, Caleb Martin finished with 11, and. Gabe Vincent and Kevin Love each scored 10.
Miami scored more points than it had all season, although the Heat won by more than 10 points only six times in those 38 victories. Prior to Wednesday, Miami’s last victory by double digits was a 124-98 rout of New Orleans on January 18. Moreover, the Heat’s season-high shooting percentage was only 54.5% in one game.
“We just haven’t had many of these this year,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.
Memphis received 25 points from Jaren Jackson Jr., as well as 14 from Luke Kennard, 12 from Ziaire Williams, and 11 each from Desmond Bane and Tyus Jones.
Credit goes to the Heat, accordin
g to Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins. They performed admirably tonight. Every question we posed had a response from them. I think our players worked extremely hard tonight. Only on a different plane, the Heat.
The Heat (38-33) closed the gap on idle Brooklyn (37-30) to two games for the No. 6 slot in the Eastern Conference and final assured playoff berth. They went on a 14-0 run to close out the third quarter, their third-best unanswered scoring run of the whole season, and turned a 14-point advantage into a 105-77 rout heading into the final 12 minutes.
Memphis (41-27) and Sacramento, who triumphed in Chicago, are now tied for second place in the Western Conference.
It was the sixth game Memphis played without Ja Morant, who was suspended for eight games earlier on Wednesday by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver for “conduct detrimental to the league” stemming from the All-Star guard “holding a firearm while visiting a Denver area nightclub on March 4” and live-streaming it.
With Morant’s absence, the Grizzlies dropped to 3-3, but Jenkins claimed his team is learning a lot by having to use different lines down the stretch due to the All-ban Star’s as well as other injury concerns.