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NBA: Cool down the Timberwolves with a tough defense


Max Strus #31 of the Miami Heat rushes into the basket while being defended by Jaden McDaniels #3 of the Minnesota Timberwolves during the second half at the FTX Arena on December 26, 2022 in Miami, Florida.

Max Strus #31 of the Miami Heat rushes into the basket while being defended by Jaden McDaniels #3 of the Minnesota Timberwolves during the second half at the FTX Arena on December 26, 2022 in Miami, Florida. Eric Espada/Getty Images/AFP

Miami’s defense was forced to switch 22 turns, the last of which came from Victor Oladipo’s last-minute steal, and the Heat hosts held the Minnesota Timberwolves 113-110 on Monday.

Playing without stars Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo, Miami relied on an aggressive defense and complemented by a balanced attack that was enough to get through a lackluster night of shooting.

The Heat only scored 47/102 points from the ring, including 13/49 points from the 3-point range, but nine players scored between 7 and 19 points.

Max Strus leads with 19 points, of which 5/10 are shot from outside the arc. Strus is one of five Miami players to score double figures. Kyle Lowry finished with the highest 18 points and 9 assists in the game.

Tyler Herro added 14 points despite being hit by ice-cold 3-point territory at 0/8 for the game. Subs Orlando Robinson and Gabe Vincent scored 15 and 11 respectively, giving Miami a 45-32 advantage on the bench, despite a brace of 21 points and 11 rebounds from the Timberwolves’ reserve Naz Reid.

The Heat also scores 64-52 for points in the paint.

Anthony Edwards leads all scorers with 29 points. However, Edwards made 8 of Minnesota’s 22 spins, the last of which came from their last chance when Oladipo picked Jaden McDaniels’ pass to deny Minnesota consideration of the possibility of a 3-pointer in offset time. hour.

Minnesota shot 15/34 deep and 54% better overall than the floor 43/79, but gifts that led to fewer than 23 goals ultimately left the Timberwolves doomed.

Duncan Robinson and Nikola Jovic each scored 9 points for the Heat, Caleb Martin scored 8 points and 8 rebounds, and Oladipo added 7 points.

McDaniels scored 16 points, D’Angelo Russell finished with 13 points and made eight assists, while Rudy Gobert and Austin Rivers both scored 10 in the loss.

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