Nunn scores 21 points, Heat hold off Nets 116-113
Miami wins consecutive games for the first time since early February
MIAMI, Fla. – Kendrick Nunn scored 21 points and the Miami Heat held on for a 116-113 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday night.
Goran Dragic added 19 points off the bench and Bam Adebayo had 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Heat, who won consecutive games for the first time since Feb. 1-3.
Spencer Dinwiddie scored 25 points but threw away a pass in the closing seconds for the Nets, who have lost four straight and dropped to 2-6 in the second game of a back-to-back.
Caris LeVert, who was questionable coming into the game with a right hand contusion, scored 15 points and capped a productive month, averaging 21.2 points in February.
Dinwiddie’s layup with 1:20 left pulled the Nets within 112-110 —- the closest they had been since the second quarter.
Brooklyn had a chance to go ahead on its next possession, but Taurean Prince missed a 3 and Dragic knocked down a jumper from the free throw line for a 114-110 lead with 13 seconds left.
Joe Harris countered with a 3 with 11 seconds remaining to cut it to 114-113 before Jimmy Butler split a pair of free throws to push the lead to 115-113.
Dinwiddie’s one-handed pass went sailing out of bounds on the next possession, ending the Nets' comeback hopes.
Miami, which was also playing on consecutive days, led 57-49 at halftime after Dragic hit a running 3-pointer at the buzzer.
The Heat opened up an 11-point lead early in the third quarter after Nunn hit a 3 at the top of the key for a 62-51 advantage. The 3-pointer also gave Nunn the Heat rookie record for most 3s in a season. He finished with three 3-pointers in the game, giving him 116 on the season, and passing Mario Chalmers’s mark of 114 set in 2008-09.
Miami’s Derrick Jones Jr. slammed home a one-handed dunk cutting through the lane and receiving a pass from Dragic to bring the crowd to its feet and moments later drilled a 3 from the wing for an 80-69 lead, prompting Nets coach Kenny Atkinson to call timeout.
Nets: Brooklyn was over .500 in November (9-6) but has not had a winning record in any month since. ... Saturday started a stretch where the Nets are playing nine times in a 14-game stretch against likely playoff clubs. ... The Nets have not won on a leap year date since 1992. They lost Feb. 29 games in 1996, 2004 and 2016.
Heat: Saturday’s game was the first home Feb. 29 game in Heat history. They played road games on the leap year in 1992, 2000, 2004 and 2008. ... Miami had a losing record in February for the third straight season. ... Miami’s sixth field-goal attempt Saturday night was the team’s 5,000th of the season. Every other team reached 5,000 shots before Saturday, and the Heat are taking the fewest field-goal attempts per game in the league so far this season.
HEAT SNAP ASSIST STREAK
The Heat recorded 27 assists as a team, snapping a streak of four straight games of posting at least 30 in a game. The franchise record was five straight set in 1990.
Nets: Visit Boston on Tuesday.
Heat: Host Milwaukee on Monday.
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