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Butler and Dragic destroy the Pacers and the Heat win their first playoff game in Orlando


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Heat player Bam Adebayo takes a shot in the air against the Indiana Pacers defense, in the game held on August 18, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

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This Tuesday the Heat played the first game of the playoffs against the Pacers, a well-known rival who plays very well.

In a highly contested match from start to finish, the Miami quintet managed to beat the good Indiana team 113-101 that all the time kept battling with victory options.

The defense of the Capital del Sol quintet was key allowing only 76 shots to the basket (24 attempts from 3-pointers), forcing 15 turnovers and distributing seven blocks.

In attack, the Heat also excelled with 49.4 percent shooting from the field (37.1% triples), only nine losses, with four players who shone above the rest, although all played very well.

Numbers

Jimmy Butler showed why he is an “All Star” and in addition to his good defense he left with 28 points (2 triples), four steals and two blocks.

Goran Dragic was the starting point guard and responded with 24 points (4 triples), six rebounds and five assists.

Bam Adebayo was also huge with 17 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and three blocks.

Meanwhile, Tyler Herro from the bench went with 14 points, despite having only made one of the five triples he tried, similar to Duncan Robinson with just two of eight.

Not only was Derrick Jones available, but he played flawlessly, proving his neck strain is a thing of the past, which is excellent news for Miami.

The one who did not play was Kendrick Nunn, having started most of the season, as did Meyers Leonard.

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra knew how to establish a winning and therefore the best rotation.

For Indiana, TJ Warren and Malcolm Brogdon stood out, both with 22 points, Justin Holiday with 11 and Jakarr Jampson with 10.

Victor Oladipo (4) was accidentally hit in the eye by Jae Crowder (8) and had to leave the court when he had only played nine minutes.

Game

The first half ended in favor of the Heat 56-52 after a great second quarter in which they imposed their good defense and the offensive inspiration of Butler (14 and Adebayo (12) to counter the success of Brogdon (10).

The first quarter was for Indiana 33-27 who had a better ending in which they reached an eight-point lead. The Heat got off to a good start, relying on Butler (8), and stayed ahead for the first half of the quarter until the Pacers, with Warren (9), in front managed to turn the scoreboard and finish with a six lead.

In the second everything changed and the Heat took the quarter 29-19, after a great start in which they managed to erase an eight-point deficit with a rally of 11-2. which also gave him an advantage on the scoreboard that he would not lose, to go to rest winning by four points

The Pacers took the third 28-25, coming back 10 points behind at the end of the quarter, taking advantage of an offensive collapse in Miami that still ended up 81-80.

By fits and starts the Heat, relying on a great Dragic, managed to maintain the lead in the early stages of the fourth quarter, until it ignited in the second half of the set, stretching the lead to 12 points with two triples from Butler. From then on, Miami managed the time to seal the important first victory.

Pedro González is an experienced reporter who for 15 years has covered the Miami Heat, the NBA, the Miami Open, judo and all soccer, both local and international.




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