The Miami Heat snap their small 2 game losing streak with a bounce back win against the LA Lakers, 110-96.
They have swept the season series against the In-Season Tournament Champion Lakers 2-0.
Miami improves to 20-14 on the season and have a chance to finish off their 5 game West Coast trip with a 3-2 record on Friday night against the Phoenix Suns.
8 players scored in double figures tonight for the Heat; every single man that was in coach Spoelstra’s tight 8 man rotation.
Every single one of the Heat’s eight rotation players were in double figures tonight:
🔥Tyler Herro — 21 PTS
🔥Jaime Jaquez — 16 PTS
🔥Nikola Jovic — 15 PTS
🔥Bam Adebayo — 15 PTS
🔥Duncan Robinson — 13 PTS
🔥Kyle Lowry — 10 PTS
🔥Kevin Love — 10 PTS
🔥Josh Richardson — 10 PTS
— Matt Hanifan (@mph_824_) January 4, 2024
The Miami Heat’s depth is insane.
All this without Jimmy Butler, Caleb Martin, Haywood Highsmith as well. pic.twitter.com/mM1GVGoqE6
— Mink Flow (@currypistonn) January 4, 2024
Tyler Herro led along with 15/7/5 from Bam Adebayo, 16 and 8 from Jaime Jaquez Jr and 15/7/5 from Nikola Jovic.
Jovic filled in for the starting unit tonight as he was placed next to Adebayo and Jaquez Jr. in the front court.
Jaquez Jr. was a game high +24 when on the floor and made his presence known on both ends of the court. He played very fluid offensively with a spring in his step, and held his own on multiple possessions against LeBron James. Jaquez hit a dagger turn around jumper on the baseline over James in the final minutes of the game.
The 3 man bench rotation of Duncan Robinson, Kevin Love and Josh Richardson combined for 33 points.
Love had a season high 14 rebounds to go along with 10 points and a +11 as the veteran pulled in a double double in 28 minutes.
Robinson was an absolute flame thrower from beyond the arc in the clutch, pulling together yet another double figure 4th quarter.
4TH. QUARTER. DUNCAN.
— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) January 4, 2024
It was also nice to see Richardson back in action after sitting the last few games with a back injury.
Anthony Davis led the Lakers with a dominant 29/17 double double, but LeBron James struggled and was held in check by the Heat.
James finished with just 12 PTS on 6/18 shooting, 0/6 from three.
The Heat shot more efficiently as a team tonight compared to that last loss against the LA Clippers.
Miami went 44% from the field and 38% from deep.
They lost the rebound battle 50-39, but made up for that by putting their imprint on the game defensively getting into all the passing lines and applying pressure.
The Heat forced the Lakers into 21 turnovers compared to the Heat’s 8 and had the clear advantage in the steals category as well, 14-3.
Miami will conclude this West Coast trip with a matchup in Phoenix Friday night at 9:00 PM ET.
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