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Heat player Gabe Vincent (2) tries to stop Jose Alvarado of the New Orleans Pelicans in a game held on January 22, 2023 in Miami.

Heat player Gabe Vincent (2) tries to stop Jose Alvarado of the New Orleans Pelicans in a game held on January 22, 2023 in Miami.

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The Heat managed to maintain their playoff position in the Eastern Conference table this Sunday with a long-suffering victory against the Pelicans in a game that was too complicated.

The important thing is that in the end the Miami quintet managed to pull out the caste to take an important 100-96 victory against the New Orleans team to enjoy the 19,600 fans who gathered at the Miami-Dade Arena.

“The Miami Heat fan base always gets their money’s worth,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said after the hotly contested game.

In this way, the Heat (26-22) remained in sixth place, which they will defend again this Tuesday against the Celtics (35-12) the conference leaders.

It seems incredible that Miami won a game that was losing by 16 points, in which they only made eight triples in 34 attempts (23.5%), four of them in the last quarter. He also had 23 turnovers and trailed for most of the game until the final quarter.

Tyler Herro lost five turnovers but made up for it with four 3-pointers and 26 points that made him the Heat’s leading scorer, along with eight rebounds and four assists.

Jimmy Butler didn’t start well, but with 11 cards in the third quarter he finished with 18 and had five important steals.

“Jimmy only had 7 field goals and 2 assists. But he did score 10 free throw attempts, ”Spoelstra highlights.

Bam Adebayo finished with 18 points and was close to a double-double with nine rebounds.

“When we stop and make the transition well we are a difficult team to beat,” Adebayo said.

Kyle Lowry, with nine points in the final two minutes of the fourth quarter, finished with 17 points, four steals and was key in the win.

“We had a good run down the stretch and Kyle was a big part of that,” Spoelstra said.

Victor Oladipo with 11 very worked cards stood up for the second unit, which only got six more. He scored the last two that sealed the win for Miami.

For New Orleans, Trey Murphy stands out with 17 points, Jonas Valanciunas with 14, CJ McCollum with 13, Larry Nance with 12 and Dyson Daniels and Herbert Jones with 11 each.


New Orleans prevailed after concluding the first half 47-41, with 14 points from Murphy and taking advantage of Miami’s offensive collapse where Herro with 15 was the only one who showed his face.

The Pelicans fairly took the first quarter 32-23 after a great 16-6 start.

The Heat recovered from their bad start and with a 7-2 rally, led by Herro with eight cards, they got closer on the scoreboard, but New Orleans with a triple at the buzzer extended the lead again. Butler only scored 2 points and Miami made a 3-pointer on five attempts, with eight turnovers.

The quintet of the Capital of the Sun began the second quarter just as the first quarter played and the Pelicans took advantage of the fact that the unit did not score, that their rival had 1 in 11 in triples and that they lost another five balls to stretch the advantage to 16 points.

In the end, the Heat finally reacted and with a 10-0 run they took the quarter 18-15 and stayed six behind their rival.

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Heat center Orlando Robinson (25) shoots at the hoop in front of the New Orleans Pelicans defense, in a game held on January 22, 2023 in Miami. to the day [email protected]

In the second half everything changed.

After the first two minutes of the third, everything remained the same, but little by little Miami got closer until they tied the game at 55 with 6:37 on the clock. He then tied the score two more times before taking his first lead of the game with two free throws by Butler (3:10′).

In the end, the Heat won the quarter 28-21, but the Pelicans held on 72-69.

A minute into the last quarter, the quintet from the Capital del Sol took command again, but failed to escape despite Herro’s two three-pointers, until with 3:49′ Adebayo extended the lead to four.

Three straight baskets in front of Lowry kept the Heat, who after several turnovers by both teams sealed the victory with two free throws by Oladipo after grabbing a golden rebound. Miami won the partial 31-24 and with it achieved a great comeback.

This story was originally published on January 22, 2023 6:24 p.m.

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

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