Duncan Robinson scored 22 points and made six three-pointers, leading the Miami Heat on Monday night to a 108-94 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder in their seven-game road trip finale.
Kendrick Nunn added 20 points and nine assists, Bam Adebayo had 19 points and 13 rebounds, and during Miami’s 15-0 run to begin the fourth quarter, they hooked up on an alley-oop dunk.
With a 3-pointer that gave the Heat a 94-77 lead halfway through the final quarter, Robinson ended it. The Heat did it all over the past 12 minutes with five-time NBA All-Star Jimmy Butler on the sideline.
“It was great, just the enthusiasm,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “I think those guys wanted to play well while he was on the bench and see if we could push the lead.
“Then, when we took that first timeout, I looked at Jimmy, and Jimmy was in the huddle and he said, ‘Hey guys, keep going. Let’s give it another two or three minutes and see how it goes.'”
Spoelstra said the comments by Butler energized the squad, which retained its double-digit margin and won its trip’s final three games to end 4-3.
For the Thunder, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 27 points, who were outscored 63-40 after halftime.
“I give them a lot of credit. They came out of halftime really focused and we had to earn everything on both ends of the floor in the second half,” Thunder coach Mark Daigneault said. “They just outplayed us. … We definitely enjoy competing against a team like them, because we learn a lot about ourselves. They just outlasted us tonight.”
Out of their first eight 3-point attempts, the Heat made five. With 4:19 left in the first period, Max Strus capped the hot start with one.
Miami’s next 12 3-point shots were missed. With a 31-foot jumper with 43 seconds left before the break, Robinson eventually ended the drought.
The Thunder, meanwhile, shot 54 percent from the floor within the first 24 minutes. Oklahoma City’s 54-45 halftime lead was fueled by Gilgeous-Alexander, scoring 18 points on 6-of-7 shooting. As time expired in the first minute, his only miss of the half arrived from a 27-foot stepback.
In the third quarter, Miami replied with 34 points to take a 79-72 lead with under a minute remaining. In the last 31.6 seconds, Gilgeous-Alexander rattled off five points to put the Thunder within two entering the final period before Miami blew it open promptly.