At the end of the suspense, the Pelicans were drawn in Miami

Second confrontation between Miami and New Orleans this week and second victory for the Floridians, who however had to fight until the last seconds to win this time. Because New Orleans, though still deprived of the Williamson-Ingram duo, was solid until the end.

Surprisingly, that’s how we actually qualify the roaring start to the match for the Pelicans, who nevertheless remain on a three-game losing streak. This little form was not seen at the beginning of the game, and there is no doubt that Miami was also surprised by the 18-8 reception from the beginning, with a 3-pointer from CJ McCollum and a dunk from Trey Murphy III for to crown all. Facing resistance, organized around Tyler Herro and Kyle Lowry, the Pelicans put on a 13-2 run between the end of the first period and the start of the second with two missiles from Devonte’ Graham to bring the score to 25- 41!

However, the Heat managed to save the day in the final two minutes before the break by going on a 10-0 run fueled by a 3-pointer and dunk from Tyler Herro as well as a 2+1 from Jimmy Butler to come back. -6 (41-47). The hardest part for New Orleans began when the Herro-Butler-Adebayo trio worked to tie the two teams (55-55). A fierce battle followed until the beginning of the final act, where the tension rose (69-72).

Tyler Herro launched “money-time” with two 3-point missiles, but New Orleans refused to let go, especially through an aggressive Dyson Daniels (84-84). Kyle Lowry thought he had done his best by chaining 9 consecutive points, but the McCollum-Murphy tandem answered him with 3-pointers in the move to keep the suspense (97-94).

The game remained undecided with 15 seconds remaining, until Dyson Daniels was called for a 5-second throw-in violation, putting Miami on the high road at 98-96 and the ensuing possession.

Willie Green’s men still have a match point after a complicated throw-in by the Heat that gave an in-between and returned the ball to the Pels. CJ McCollum attempted the shot for a 3-point victory, without success, leaving Victor Oladipo to end the suspense with two free throws (100-96).

WHAT YOU SHOULD REMEMBER

– A thrilling finale. “Money-time” seemed to last 15 minutes as both teams did not let up midway through the third period. What were the twists and turns, including this crazy pass from Kyle Lowry that was destroyed by the missiles of the McCollum-Murphy pair, all of which culminated in a burst of enthusiasm from the referees who allowed Dyson Daniels to on a 5 second violation on a throw-in then the Pelicans were -2 with 15 seconds left. In the end, Willie Green’s players can only blame themselves as they were in a shooting position to win…

– Too many deficits for the Pelicans. The finale highlighted two problems New Orleans encountered in this matchup, namely turnovers (24!) and a chronic clumsiness on 3-pointers (8/30). If Miami was hardly better from distance, Tyler Herro’s 3-point basket twice and Kyle Lowry made the difference. On the other side, New Orleans also lost important balls in “money-time”, like this pass from Dyson Daniels that slipped through the fingers of Larry Nance Jr, but was perfectly placed under the circle.

MATCH ACTION

Zion Williamson is not dressed to test the stability of the circles, but the Pelicans can rely on Jaxson Hayes to provide spectacular flights, which is particularly the case in the third quarter of this game. As the Heat struggled to come back, the slender pivot signed a masterful dunk with a bonus foul.

TOPS/FLOPS

Kyle Lowry. It’s great to see the veteran point guard have an impact late in the game like he did against the Pelicans. His efforts were not in vain as Miami took the decision late. 17 points, 2 assists and 4 steals for a game that will do him good.

Tyler Hero. A constant scoring benchmark in a match marked by air holes in the shoot for Miami. The game’s leading scorer, he also finished as his team’s second-best rebounder with 8 strikes, a sign that he is involved on both sides of the floor.

✅⛔️ Dyson Daniels. Still learning, the Australian rookie should be credited with a good game against the Heat, with aggression especially towards the end of the game to keep the Pelicans in the game. A good reaction after his 0/6 in the last match against Orlando, although there were obviously negative points, such as his questionable management of the throw-in sanctioned by the referees at a crucial moment in the match. He saw Larry Nance Jr. who was alone under the circle, however, but his teammate missed his pass. For once, bad luck.

⛔️ CJ McCollum. We expect more from him on nights like this, especially when his teammates have put in the work to see the possibility of winning. Cautious all game, he missed the chance to redeem himself with his last shot, the selection of which was also questionable. In the end, between his 2/8 from afar, his +/- at -16 and his 7 lost balls, that’s a lot!

THE FOLLOWING

Miami (25-22): the Floridians continue to be heavy because Boston will show themselves this Tuesday on the floor of the Heat (01:30).

New Orleans (26-20): same thing for the Pelicans who will prepare to host Denver, also on Tuesday (02:00).

Miami / 100 Shots Bounces
Players minimum Shots 3 points LF Or D T p.d party Int bp CT +/- Points Score
J. Butler 34 5/7 0/1 8/10 0 4 4 2 2 5 1 0 +7 18 24
C. Martin 27 1/9 0/6 2/2 1 4 5 0 1 1 1 0 -5 4 1
B. Adebayo 35 7/12 0/0 4/4 3 6 9 2 1 2 2 0 -2 18 24
K. Lowry 30 6/9 3/6 2/2 0 1 1 2 2 4 4 0 +10 17 17
T. Hero 36 10/22 4/10 2/2 2 6 8 4 1 0 5 0 +8 26 21
O. Robinson 13 0/1 0/0 1/2 1 2 3 1 1 0 0 0 +6 1 3
Mr. Vincent 18 2/6 1/4 0/0 1 2 3 0 2 1 3 0 -6 5 2
V. Oladipo 33 4/9 0/3 3/5 0 3 3 5 2 3 4 1 +10 11 12
Mr Strus 15 0/5 0/4 0/0 4 2 6 1 2 0 1 0 -8 0 1
35/80 8/34 22/27 12 30 42 17 14 16 21 1 100 105
New Orleans / 96 Shots Bounces
Players minimum Shots 3 points LF Or D T p.d party Int bp CT +/- Points Score
H. Jones 30 4/5 0/1 3/4 0 4 4 4 1 2 3 1 -6 11 17
J. Valanciunas 25 7/14 0/2 0/0 3 13 16 1 3 0 2 1 +4 14 23
C. McCollum 37 5/16 2/8 1/2 0 1 1 5 2 0 7 0 -16 13 0
T. Murphy III 34 6/11 2/6 3/3 1 0 1 0 5 3 1 0 -11 17 15
D. Daniels 30 4/7 1/4 2/2 2 5 7 6 2 2 4 1 +9 11 20
L. Nance Jr. 26 5/7 0/0 2/2 1 6 7 4 4 4 1 1 -3 12 25
J Hayes 17 3/4 0/0 2/3 1 2 3 0 1 1 3 0 -5 8 7
D. Graham 17 2/6 2/6 1/2 0 2 2 3 0 5 1 0 +8 7 11
J. Alvarado 23 1/8 1/3 0/0 0 0 0 1 4 0 2 0 0 3 -5
37/78 8/30 14/18 8 33 41 24 22 17 24 4 96 113

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