Heat Clinch wins Suns by one run in impressive comeback

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The Miami Heat triumphed at home in a 113-112 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Monday as they came back from a 13-point deficit.

Heat center Bam Adebayo scored 30 points and ten rebounds and Caleb Martin and Kyle Lowry each scored 15 points, while Jimmy Butler recorded 16 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists.

Lowry’s first three-pointer of the night marked the 2,000th of his career, making him the 12th player in NBA history to reach that milestone.

Devin Booker was the highest scoring Suns player with 25 points, while Duane Washington Jr. had 21. Phoenix center Deandre Ayton recorded 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Suns – who shot only 2-4 free throws to Miami’s 22-25.

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The Suns had plenty of chances to clinch victory in the final 13.8 seconds, but Cameron Payne missed a two-point shot, Butler blocked Booker’s 15-foot pull-up jump shot—which ultimately won his team the game—and Booker missed then a 26-foot three-point shot at the buzzer.

Miami trailed 13 runs at the start of the fourth inning, but led by Adebayo with 14 runs in the fourth quarter, they managed to stun the Suns. None other than Adebayo himself shot two free throws within the last 35 seconds to put his team ahead for the first time in the entire quarter.

“Those two boys [Adebayo and Butler] are really the fundamental heartbeat, the pieces, for our team,” Erik Spoelstra said of his two All-Stars postgame. “We follow their warrior spirits. They’re just so tough. They are the epitome of two-way basketball players.

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“Bam does so many things for this basketball team that are obvious and then there are just as many things that the average fan has no idea how they affect winning. He anchors our defenses. We can and should create many different schemes for him to execute at the highest level in this league. Getting to the free throw line and being able to put pressure on the edge near the paint on their defense was such a key factor on the trajectory.

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“Jimmy on the other hand, he gives us that cohesive trigger by coming down the stretch where we know where he can get the ball.

“From the very beginning to the end, Jimmy doesn’t shy away from guarding the opposing team’s best player and that’s the definition of a true two-way competitor.”

The win ties the Miami’s win-loss record at 7-7 and moves them back to .500. They now look forward to a tough four-game away schedule against the Raptors, Wizards, Cavaliers and Timberwolves, which begins Wednesday at the Scotiabank Arena.

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