VIDEO: Heat star Bam Adebayo upsets Kevin Durant-less Nets with epic buzzer-beater
In the absence of Jimmy Butler, who has been dealing with an ankle injury, Adebayo led the charge for the Heat. With the game tied at 107-all and less than 15 seconds remaining in the fourth, Bam took his precious time and waited until the final seconds to attack the rim and deliver the game-winner.
Sure enough, he delivered.
BAM ADEBAYO BEATS THE BUZZER FOR THE HEAT WIN 🚨pic.twitter.com/c15adPXksL
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Bam Adebayo finished with 21 points, 15 rebounds, five assists and two steals. He did have seven turnovers, but he more than made up for it by hitting the biggest shot of the night.
For what it’s worth, it’s Adebayo’s first career game-winner. It is also his third career game with at least 20 points, 15 rebounds and five assists–which is tied for the most in franchise history.
Bam Adebayo hit the first game-winning shot at the buzzer of his career and had his third career game with 20+ points, 15+ rebounds, and 5+ assists, which is tied for the most in Heat franchise history. pic.twitter.com/ZPX7mFp8Dx
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As for the Nets, the team was dealt a heavy blow early when Kevin Durant had to be ruled out due to a thigh injury. Landry Shamet stepped up for Brooklyn with 30 points to pair with Kyrie Irving’s 20, but it was clear they needed KD’s instant scoring against the gritty Heat squad.
Interestingly, Adebayo’s game-winner came a day after Butler called out his style of play. The Heat veteran noted that he wanted his All-Star center teammate to be more aggressive and play bully ball, especially with the mismatch he poses.
Clearly, Bam heeded the advice as he attacked with confidence in that final possession. While he didn’t had a cool dunk as what Butler would have wanted, he’ll certainly be more than satisfied with the result.
The win improved the Heat’s record to 29-28 as they remain in contention for a Top-6 finish. It also put an end to an ugly three-game skid for the Miami franchise.