MIAMI (AP) — One other evening, one other shut sport for the Miami Warmth. And Jimmy Butler wouldn’t let this one get away.
Butler scored 35 factors, ending two assists shy of a triple-double, and the Warmth recovered to beat to beat Charlotte 117-112 in extra time Thursday evening.
Miami led by as many as 15 factors, as many as 12 within the fourth, however wanted Butler to attain eight consecutive Warmth factors on the finish of regulation simply to get into the additional session.
“I believed it was an essential sport, an essential win for us, mentally and emotionally,” Warmth coach Erik Spoelstra mentioned.
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Butler had 10 rebounds and eight assists for Miami. Bam Adebayo scored 18 factors and grabbed 14 rebounds, whereas Duncan Robinson scored 14. Max Strus and Gabe Vincent every added 12 factors for the Warmth.
Kelly Oubre Jr. scored 29 factors for Charlotte, which acquired 22 from Terry Rozier and 16 from Jaden McDaniels. Mason Plumlee had a 13-point, 15-rebound sport for short-handed Charlotte, which dropped its seventh straight.
“I’ve been round groups that didn’t care that a lot,” Hornets coach Steve Clifford mentioned. “We now have group. Is it regarding? We’re in a tricky spot. I imply, we now have no room for error. We now have to knock it out of the park right here to win proper now with what we now have. And but, we’ve executed it a few instances and we will do it once more.”
They virtually did it Thursday.
The Hornets for 14 seconds within the sport’s opening moments, and for the following 3 1/2 quarters, the lead was held nonstop by Miami.
Till halfway via the fourth.
Miami led by 12 going into the ultimate quarter and shortly wasted each little bit of that edge. A 12-0 run by the Hornets tied the sport, and a three-point play by Plumlee with 6:50 left within the fourth put Charlotte up 90-89 — its first lead since 3-0.
The Hornets would lead by as many as 5, however couldn’t end it off. And Miami, for the tenth time in 12 video games this season, performed a contest that was determined by single digits.
“We’re not making an attempt to have that occur,“ Adebayo mentioned. “But it surely makes the sport attention-grabbing.”
Miami had 30 factors off turnovers to Charlotte’s 10.
Charlotte acquired a Miami cease late in extra time and known as time, down by one. However the Hornets’ ensuing possession went nowhere — Oubre traveled virtually instantly after the ball was inbounded. And Charlotte’s subsequent play was equally disastrous, with Rozier throwing up a desperation 3-pointer with about 8 seconds left on the clock and the Hornets down three.
The ball bounced off the aspect of the backboard, and there went Charlotte’s final good likelihood.
Hornets: LaMelo Ball (sprained left ankle) has missed all 13 video games this season, Cody Martin (left quad soreness) missed his twelfth and Gordon Hayward (left shoulder contusion) missed his fifth. … Charlotte fell to 1-2 in extra time this season. … The Hornets misplaced Dennis Smith Jr. in OT to what gave the impression to be a sprained left ankle.
Warmth: Tyler Herro (left ankle) remained out. … Basketball fanatic — and fairly good pickup participant — Adam Sandler, the actor and comedian who carried out reveals in South Florida earlier within the week, watched the sport from a set. … It was Miami’s first OT sport of the season.
It was the three,000th sport in Warmth historical past, together with playoffs. Their document is 1,585-1,415.
As Hurricane Nicole was making landfall in Florida on Wednesday evening, the Hornets have been flying in from Charlotte — their flight path taking them over the storm. However the staff landed in Miami with out incident.
The groups play once more Saturday in Miami.