Miami Heat Wins 7th NBA Game in a Row, Defeats Brooklyn Nets 122-115
On Thursday, Nov. 16, the Miami Heat extended their NBA winning streak to seven games by defeating the Brooklyn Nets 122-115. Jimmy Butler was the star of the game, scoring 36 points to lead his team to victory.
The Heat struggled with a slow start, missing 10 of their first 11 shots. However, they managed to keep the Nets from building a lead of more than six points in the first quarter. By halftime, the Heat were leading 60-52, and Butler’s 18-point third quarter further pushed the Heat into a double-digit lead, which they maintained throughout the second half.
Butler’s strong performance included 12 of 19 field goals, five rebounds, three assists, and three blocked shots. Duncan Robinson also contributed 26 points, and Bam Adebayo added 20, securing the Heat’s victory.
Mikal Bridges and Lonnie Walker IV each scored 23 points for the Nets, who have struggled since their November 1 victory over last year’s Eastern Conference champions, the Heat.
The Heat’s victory pushes them to third place in the Eastern Conference, just 1.5 games behind the leaders Boston.
In other NBA action, the short-handed Golden State Warriors hosted the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Warriors were without injured Stephen Curry and were playing their first game following Draymond Green’s five-game suspension for an on-court altercation.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr spoke to reporters before the game, acknowledging that Green’s actions were unacceptable and deserving of the suspension. Kerr stated that while he had no objections to Green defending his teammates, the way he handled the situation was inappropriate.
The Warriors ultimately fell to the Thunder, but the Miami Heat’s victory stole the show as they extended their winning streak and solidified their position as contenders in the Eastern Conference.