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Miami 117, Brooklyn 88
When: 7:30 PM ET, Saturday, March 2, 2019
Where: American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
Officials: #39 Tyler Ford, #76 Natalie Sago, #30 John Goble
Attendance: 19600

Kelly Olynyk scored 25 points as the host Miami Heat dominated the third quarter and never trailed in a 117-88 victory over the slumping Brooklyn Nets on Saturday night.

Olynyk was questionable for the game with a sprained right ankle but scored at least 20 points for the third time in four games. The forward shot 9-of-13, hit three 3-pointers and contributed six rebounds and four assists.

Olynyk's performance helped the Heat keep pace in the Eastern Conference playoff race on a night when Goran Dragic (strained left calf) and Hassan Whiteside (strained left hip) sat out. He scored nine points in the third quarter, when Miami shot 54.5 percent and outscored Brooklyn 30-20 to turn a 10-point halftime lead into an 84-64 advantage.

Miami won for the fourth time in its last 14 games and remained one game behind Orlando and Charlotte, which are tied for eighth. The Heat also moved within 2 1/2 games of Brooklyn.

Reserve Derrick Jones Jr. tied a career high with 18 points as Miami shot 48.9 percent and hit 14 of 34 3-pointers. Rodney McGruder added 17 while Justise Winslow contributed 13 and Josh Richardson chipped in 12.

Bam Adebayo started for Whiteside at center and grabbed 16 rebounds as Miami dominated the glass by a 57-36 margin. Miami also recorded its third wire-to-wire win this season and second over the Nets.

The Nets dropped their third straight game. Brooklyn also lost for the 10th time in its last 15 games and dropped under .500 for the first time since Jan. 14.

Joe Harris led the Nets with 15 points, but D'Angelo Russell was held to 10 points. Brooklyn's other three starters -- Treveon Graham, Jarrett Allen and Caris LeVert -- combined for 22 points.

The Nets shot 35.2 percent and misfired on 33 of 42 3-point attempts.

The Nets were within 45-41 on a short jumper by Harris with 4:31 left before halftime, but Miami extended the lead to 54-44 on a floater by Winslow with 1:16 left.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Brooklyn   Miami
Joe Harris 15 Scoring Kelly Olynyk 25
D'Angelo Russell 8 Assists Josh Richardson 7
Rodions Kurucs 7 Rebounds Bam Adebayo 16
Spencer Dinwiddie 6 Free Throws Made Kelly Olynyk 4
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson 2 Steals Rodney McGruder 2
Joe Harris 2 Blocks Bam Adebayo 2
Team Stats Summary
Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Brooklyn 88 35.2 9-42 17-22 20 36 6 6 12
Miami 117 48.9 14-34 15-22 36 57 9 5 12
Upcoming Games
  • Miami will play their next game at home against Atlanta. The Heat have a W/L % of .393 after a win and .500 after a loss.
  • Brooklyn will play their next game at home against Dallas. The Nets have a W/L % of .515 after a win and .469 after a loss.