MIAMI — — Kyle Lowry took care of the beginning. Tyler Herro got here by for the end.
And the Miami Heat obtained a a lot-wanted win.
Lowry scored 24 of his 28 factors within the first half, Herro made 4 3-pointers down the stretch and the Heat wasted a 21-level second-half lead earlier than beating the Washington Wizards 113-105 on Wednesday evening and ending a 4-recreation slide.
“We discovered a means,” Lowry mentioned. “They made it shut … however we discovered a technique to get the win.”
Caleb Martin scored 24 factors and Herro completed with 17 in his first recreation again following an eight-recreation absence with a sprained ankle.
Bam Adebayo added 15 factors and 12 rebounds for Miami, which trailed briefly within the fourth quarter after constructing a 17-level halftime lead.
Kyle Kuzma scored 33 factors for the Wizards. Kristaps Porzingis scored 21, Will Barton had 13 and Deni Avdija completed with 12 for the Wizards, who had gained six of seven.
The groups will meet once more Friday in Miami.
“We know we beat ourselves in that first half,” Kuzma mentioned. “We simply did not come out and match their physicality. … Credit to everyone having resilience and preventing again. But we have got to do this longer than simply 24 minutes.”
Both groups had been shorthanded. Washington performed with out Bradley Beal (proper thigh contusion) and Rui Hachimura (proper ankle soreness). Miami was once more with out Jimmy Butler (proper knee soreness), plus had been lacking shooters Max Strus (proper shoulder impingement) and Duncan Robinson (left ankle sprain).
Lowry — the 36-12 months-outdated level guard who has logged extra minutes than anybody else than Brooklyn’s Kevin Durant this season — greater than did his half to take up the slack.
He made his first 5 3-pointers, a part of the best-scoring first half of his 17-12 months NBA profession. In his first 1,148 video games, together with playoffs, Lowry had by no means had greater than 21 in a primary half — carried out twice, most not too long ago in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals on the evening that he and the Toronto Raptors clinched their first title.
Lowry did not know he set a primary-half mark.
“I did not,” Lowry mentioned. “It ought to have been extra.”
But he left with 5 fouls with 4:45 left within the third and Miami main by 10. Barton’s 3-pointer with 8:18 left put Washington up 93-92, and the Heat nonetheless trailed by one when Lowry returned with about 7 minutes remaining.
Miami outscored Washington 16-7 the remainder of the way in which, and a pair of three-pointers from Herro in a span of 31 seconds gave the Heat the cushion they wanted.
Wizards: Washington started a stretch the place it can play seven of 9 and 13 of 17 video games on the street. … The Wizards obtained outrebounded 53-43. … Taj Gibson performed his twenty third recreation at Miami, with a fourth totally different workforce. … Kuzma was 13 for 27 from the ground — 11 for 14 on 2s, 2 for 13 on 3s.
Heat: Miami has been outscored by 70 factors (198-128) in its final six third quarters. Washington gained the third on Wednesday 37-23. … The Heat had been down 9 within the early moments earlier than outscoring Washington 48-22 over a 16-minute stretch of the primary half.
Sandy Alcantra — the unanimous NL Cy Young winner from the Miami Marlins — was amongst these in attendance. The ace proper-hander obtained a personalised Heat jersey and no scarcity of properly-needs from close by followers. “First time right here. Amazing,” Alcantra mentioned. Among the opposite followers on the recreation: Odell Beckham Jr.
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra obtained his 668th profession win, breaking a tie with Mike Fratello for twenty second place on the NBA checklist. He’s 4 away from No. 21 Mike D’Antoni.