INJURY REPORT 1:30 THURSDAY
07:30 (ET) TOR@MIA
Miami Heat Macon, Daryl Out G League – Two-Way Okpala, KZ Out G League – On Assignment Winslow, Justise Out Injury/Illness – Lower Back; Bone bruise Toronto Raptors Gasol, Marc Out Injury/Illness – Left hamstring; Strained Hernandez, Dewan Out Injury/Illness – Right Ankle; Sprained Powell, Norman Out Injury/Illness – Left Shoulder; Subluxation Siakam, Pascal Out Injury/Illness – Groin; Strained Thomas, Matt Out Injury/Illness – Left Middle Finger; Fracture-distal phalax
• The Toronto Raptors begin 2020 with a visit to Miami on Thursday to play the Heat at AmericanAirlines Arena. This is the second of three meetings between the two teams this season, with the Heat taking the first contest 121-110 in overtime Dec. 3 in Toronto. The Raptors swept the season-series (4-0) with Miami in 2018-19 for the second time in franchise history. Since the start of the 2014-15 season, Toronto is 13-6 against the Heat, winning the season-series four times during this stretch.
• The Raptors ended the month of December with a 9-7 record. Toronto has finished with a winning record in each of the past 20 calendar months. The streak of 20 consecutive months with a winning record is the longest in franchise history and the longest current streak in the NBA. The last month in which the Raptors did not have a winning record was January 2017 (8-9).
• Kyle Lowry led all scorers with 24 points in 36 minutes Dec. 31 vs. Cleveland. Tuesday marked Lowry’s eighth 20-point effort in the last nine games (Dec. 16-31). He is averaging 24.0 points, while shooting .456 (67-for-147) from the field and .413 (33-for-80) from three-point distance during this stretch. Lowry has now scored 20+ points in 15 games; something he did 15 times in 65 games last season.
• Serge Ibaka recorded his third straight double-double and seventh of the season with 20 points and a team-high 10 rebounds in 33 minutes of action Tuesday night vs. the Cavaliers. All seven of Ibaka’s double -doubles came in the month of December. Ibaka is averaging 17.3 points and 11.3 rebounds over the last three games (Dec. 28-31).
• The Raptors went 54–24 (.692) in regular-season games in 2019, the second best record in the NBA last year behind only Milwaukee (65–17, .793). Toronto’s .692 winning percentage in 2019 was the third highest for a calendar year in franchise history – behind 2018 (62–24, .721) and 2016 (58–23, .716).
• Rookie Terence Davis ll scored 14 of his career high-tying 19 points (7-12 FG, 4-7 3PT, 1-2 FT) in the fourth quarter Dec. 31 vs. Cleveland. Davis ll has led the bench in scoring nine times this season, including each of the last three games (Dec. 28-31). He is averaging 12.3 points, while shooting 56 per cent (14-for25) from the floor and 50 per cent (8-for-16) from beyond the arc over the last three contests.
• Marc Gasol (left hamstring; strain), Pascal Siakam (groin; stretch) and Norman Powell (left shoulder; subluxation) were all injured Dec. 18 at Detroit. Toronto is 4-3 over the last seven games without them. The Raptors are averaging 110.9 points and shooting .461 (275-for-597) from the field during this span.
• Kyle Lowry needs 92 assists to tie Jose Calderon (3,770) as the Raptors’ all-time leader in assists. Lowry is already the franchise leader in three-point field goals (1,291), steals (773) and playoff victories (37). Lowry has recorded 10+ assists 110 times – second most in team history behind only Calderon (141).
• Terence Davis ll is one of the five rookies who’ve played in every game for their team this season, along with Darius Bazley (Oklahoma City), Darius Garland (Cleveland), Kendrick Nunn (Miami) and Coby White (Chicago). Only two rookies have played in every game of a season for the Raptors: Vince Carter in 1998– 99 (which was a lockout-shortened 50-game season) and Matt Bonner (2004–05).
F – PATRICK McCAW #22
MIN: 26.2 REB: 2.5 AST: 2.0 STL: 1.2 TO: 1.2 BLK: 0.1 PTS: 6.2
• Recorded six points, four rebounds, four assists and one steal in 22 minutes Dec. 31 vs. Cleveland. • Averaging 9.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 30.5 minutes in seven games as a starter. • Has played at least 20 minutes in a career-long 10 straight games (Dec. 14-31).
F – RONDAE HOLLIS-JEFFERSON #4
MIN: 19.9 REB: 5.2 AST: 1.5 STL: 0.7 TO: 1.1 BLK: 0.4 PTS: 8.3
• Contributed 14 points and five rebounds in 28 minutes in first start as a Raptor on Dec. 31 vs. Cleveland. • Toronto is 9-1 this season when Hollis-Jefferson scores 10 or more points. • Ranks second on the team with 57 offensive rebounds behind only Chris Boucher (59).
C – SERGE IBAKA #9
MIN: 25.1 REB: 8.0 AST: 1.3 STL: 0.5 TO: 2.0 BLK: 0.9 PTS: 14.1
• Posted seventh double-double of the season with 20 points and 10 rebounds in 33 minutes Dec. 31 vs. CLE. • Averaging 16.6 points, 9.4 rebounds and 31.7 minutes in seven games as a starter. • Scored in double figures in 14-of-16 games in the month of December, including five 20-point outings.
G – KYLE LOWRY #7
MIN: 38.0 REB: 4.8 AST: 7.5 STL: 1.2 TO: 3.3 BLK: 0.4 PTS: 20.9
• Led all scorers with 24 points Dec. 31 vs. Cleveland; added eight assists in 36 minutes. • Averaged 20.5 points, 5.1 rebounds, 8.0 assists and 39.0 minutes in 15 games in December. • Has led the team in scoring in six of the last seven games (Dec. 20-31), including the last three contests.
G – FRED VANVLEET #23
MIN: 36.2 REB: 3.9 AST: 6.9 STL: 2.0 TO: 2.6 BLK: 0.4 PTS: 18.0
• Finished with 12 points, four rebounds and seven assists in 30 minutes Dec. 31 vs. Cleveland. • Tied for third in the NBA in steals per games (2.00) and ranks sixth in minutes (36.2). • Has recorded five double-doubles this season; something he did once in first three NBA seasons combined.
INJURY REPORT Marc Gasol (Left hamstring; strain) – TBD Dewan Hernandez (Right ankle; sprain) – TBD Norman Powell (Left shoulder; subluxation ) – TBD Pascal Siakam (Groin; stretch) – TBD Matt Thomas (Left middle finger; distal phalanx fracture) – TBD
TONIGHT’S GAME DETAILS Opponent: Miami Heat Date: Thursday, January 2 Tip-Off: 7:30 p.m. (ET) Venue: AmericanAirlines Arena Television: Sportsnet Radio: TSN Radio 1050 Toronto
SERIES RECAP VS. MIAMI
OVERALL HOME ROAD
2019-20 0-1 0-1 0-0
ALL-TIME 34-53 21-22 13-31
STREAKS Lost 1 Lost 1 Won 2
LAST WIN: April 7, 2019 (117-109 OT)
LAST ROAD WIN: March 10, 2019 (125-104)
LARGEST MARGIN OF VICTORY: +42, March 19, 2008
LARGEST MARGIN OF DEFEAT: -30, March 8, 1996
LAST TIME VS. MIAMI
GAME 20 – DECEMBER 3, 2019 MIAMI 121, TORONTO 110 (OT)
TORONTO — Jimmy Butler had 22 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists, Duncan Robinson scored 22 points and the Heat spoiled Kyle Lowry’s return to Toronto’s lineup by beating the Raptors 121-110 in overtime Tuesday … Butler scored eight consecutive points in 55 seconds to begin the extra session as the Heat recovered after blowing a seven-point lead in the final two minutes of the fourth quarter … Bam Adebayo scored 18 points, Winslow had 17 and Kelly Olynyk 16 … Pascal Siakam had 15 points and 12 rebounds, Norman Powell scored 23 points and Fred VanVleet had 19 for Toronto, which had won a franchise-record nine straight home games to begin the season … Toronto missed all nine of its field goal attempts in overtime, eight of them from 3-point range … Lowry returned after missing 11 games because of a fractured left thumb, finished with 12 points and 11 assists in 41 minutes … Toronto trailed 107100 after Winslow’s layup with 1:59 to go in the fourth … Powell hit a 3, Lowry made a pair at the line and, after a missed jumper by Winslow, Powell connected from the corner to give the Raptors a 108-107 lead, their first of the final quarter … Butler tied it by splitting a pair of free throws and Siakam saw his shot blocked at the other end, giving the Heat the ball with just under 20 seconds remaining … Butler pulled up for a 3 over Powell, but his shot bounced off the rim, sending it to overtime.
1 2 3 4 OT TOT
MIAMI 32 26 25 25 13 121
TORONTO 23 30 28 27 2 110
NEXT GAME DETAILS Opponent: Brooklyn Nets Date: Saturday, January 4 Tip-Off: 6 p.m. (ET) Venue: Barclays Center Television: TSN Radio: Sportsnet 590 The FAN
SERIES RECAP VS. BROOKLYN
OVERALL HOME ROAD 2019-20 1-0 1-0 0-0
ALL-TIME 54-40 32-15 22-25 STREAKS Won 4 Won 9 Won 1
LAST WIN: December 14, 2019 (110-102)
LAST ROAD WIN: April 3, 2019 (115-105)
LARGEST MARGIN OF VICTORY: +37, November 2, 2007
LARGEST MARGIN OF DEFEAT: -25, January 15, 1996
LAST TIME VS. BROOKLYN
GAME 25 – DECEMBER 14, 2019 TORONTO 110, BROOKLYN 102
TORONTO — Pascal Siakam scored 30 points, Marc Gasol set season highs with 17 points and 15 rebounds and the Toronto Raptors beat the Brooklyn Nets 110-102 on Saturday night to snap a three-game home losing streak … Norman Powell fouled out with 25 points and Kyle Lowry had 17 to help the Raptors win their ninth straight home game against the Nets and beat Brooklyn for the 16th time in 17 meetings … Serge Ibaka had 12 points and 12 rebounds … The Raptors made nine of 12 attempts from 3-point range in the first quarter, including their first seven straight … Spencer Dinwiddie scored 26 points, Garrett Temple added 16 and Taurean Prince had 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Nets, who are 0-4 on the road against opponents with winning records … The Nets saw a 20-point lead slip away in Wednesday’s 113-108 home loss to Charlotte … Temple couldn’t convert a three-point play after making a layup to begin the fourth, and Powell scored five points as Toronto replied with a 9-0 run, taking a 99-85 lead with 8:32 left to play … Siakam had 14 points in the first as the Raptors overcame an early 12-2 deficit to lead 38-31 after one … The Raptors led 90-83 through three quarters.
1 2 3 4 TOT
BROOKLYN 31 29 23 19 102
TORONTO 38 27 25 20 110
GAME 34 – DECEMBER 31, 2019
TORONTO 117, CLEVELAND 97
TORONTO — Kyle Lowry scored 24 points and dished out eight assists as the Toronto Raptors won 117-97 against the Cleveland Cavaliers … Six Raptors scored in double figures … Serge Ibaka had 20 points and 10 rebounds, Terence Davis matched his career high with 19 points, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had 14, and Fred VanVleet and OG Anunoby had 12 points apiece … The Raptors went 9-7 in December, and played the past seven games without Pascal Siakam (groin), Marc Gasol (hamstring) and Norm Powell (shoulder) … Collin Sexton had 22 points to top the Cavaliers, while Thompson had 14 points and 11 rebounds … The Raptors had a double-digit lead in the second quarter, and by the time Ibaka hit a hook shot with 3:33 to play in the third, Toronto was up by 21 … The Raptors led 86-69 to start the fourth … Davis had 14 points in the fourth … VanVleet had four blocks on the night … The Raptors connected on 43.6 per cent from long distance, while the Cavs were good on just 26.3 per cent … Anunoby nailed three consecutive shots when he subbed in … Lowry’s 33-footer put the Raptors up by 14 points late in the second quarter … A running layup by Hollis-Jefferson with 1.6 seconds left in the half had Toronto up 59-43 at halftime. 1 2 3 4 TOT
CLEVELAND 25 18 26 28 97
TORONTO 27 32 27 31 117
GAME 33 – DECEMBER 29, 2019 OKLAHOMA CITY 98, TORONTO 97 TORONTO — Shai Gilgeous-Alexander matched his career-high with 32 points, Chris Paul had 25 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Toronto Raptors 98-97 on Sunday night for their sixth win in seven games … Nerlens Noel added 13 points and Darius Bazley had 11 to help the Thunder win their fifth straight in Toronto. Oklahoma City has won 11 of 15 overall … Kyle Lowry and Fred VanVleet each scored 20 points and Serge Ibaka had 12 points and 14 rebounds for the Raptors … Gilgeous-Alexander made the go-ahead basket on a jump shot with 36 seconds left in the fourth quarter, then grabbed the rebound on a missed 3-pointer by VanVleet … Gilgeous-Alexander’s basket was the sixth straight scoring play to change the lead in a tight final quarter … Toronto led 42-34 on a 3 from VanVleet with 3:44 to go in the first half, but Gilgeous-Alexander scored eight points as the Thunder rallied to tie the score at 47-47 … Paul made three straight baskets to begin the third, putting Oklahoma City up 60-52 with 9:36 left in the quarter … Toronto made seven of 14 attempts from 3-point range in the third, and VanVleet scored the final five points of the quarter to put the Raptors up 80-76 heading to the fourth. 1 2 3 4 TOT
OKLAHOMA CITY 22 25 29 22 98
TORONTO 20 27 33 17 97
ADDITIONAL TEAM NOTES… • The Raptors will celebrate the franchise’s 25th anniversary throughout the season. Six games – Oct. 28 vs. Orlando, Dec. 11 vs. LA Clippers, Jan. 28 vs. Atlanta, Feb. 25 vs. Milwaukee, Mar. 30 vs. Memphis and Apr. 10 vs. Atlanta – will see the team in white throwback pinstriped jerseys, and playing on a court which pays homage to the one the Raptors first played on in what was known as the SkyDome. • Kyle Lowry was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played Dec. 16-22. Lowry earned the honour for the sixth time in his career and fifth time with the Raptors. He averaged 24.5 points, 10.0 assists, 6.5 rebounds and 39.6 minutes while helping the Raptors to a 4-0 record. • Nick Nurse was named Eastern Conference Coach of the Month for games played in October and November. This marks the second time Nurse has earned the honour after he won for games played in October and November in 2018. Nurse coached the reigning NBA champions to a 14-4 record to start the season while facing several roster challenges along the way. The Raptors had eight different players miss games due to injury, including Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka. • Nick Nurse coached his 100th regular-season game as head coach of the Raptors Nov. 29 at Orlando. Nurse (71–28) is one of five head coaches with at least 70 wins and a NBA title at the time of their 100th game, along with Steve Kerr, Johnny Kundla, Pat Riley, and Paul Westhead. • The Raptors went 3–2 on their five-game west coast road trip (Nov. 8-16). It marked the first time the Raptors finished with a winning record on a road trip of five or more games – all against Western Conference teams – since November 2001, when they went 4–2 on a trip through Utah (W), Denver (L), Sacramento (L), Golden State (W), LA Clippers and Phoenix (W). • Pascal Siakam was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played Nov. 4-10 – earning the honour for the second time in his career. Siakam averaged team highs of 30.3 points and 11.3 rebounds in three victories. He posted at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in all three games, and tied his career high with 44 points Nov. 8 at New Orleans. • Kyle Lowry played his 500th game as a Raptor on Oct. 26 at Chicago. He is the fifth player in franchise history to accomplish the feat; joining DeMar DeRozan, Morris Peterson, Jose Calderon and Chris Bosh. Lowry is the longest-serving member of the Raptors – entering his eighth season with the club. His five All-Star Game appearances (2015-19), including two as a starter, are tied with Vince Carter and Bosh for the most in team history. • Following Spain’s triumph at the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China, Marc Gasol became just the second player to win an NBA title and a FIBA world gold medal in the same year, joining Lamar Odom (2010). Gasol is a highlydecorated member of the Spanish National Team, helping the country capture nine medals since 2006. • The Raptors won their first NBA Championship last June, defeating Golden State in the NBA Finals. In the 2019 postseason, Toronto went 16-8 while also eliminating Orlando, Philadelphia and Milwaukee – the top seed in the Eastern Conference. During the regular season, the Raptors won 58 games and set franchise records for points per game (114.4), assists per game (25.4), rebounds per game (45.2) and three-point field goals made (1,105). • Nick Nurse became the ninth first-year NBA head coach to win an NBA title, and first since Tyronn Lue in 2016. He is also the only head coach to have both an NBA and G League championship. Nurse won the G League title with Rio Grande Valley in 2013 and Iowa in 2011. • Since the beginning of the NBA Lottery in 1985, the Raptors became the first team to capture the NBA title without a single lottery pick on their Finals roster. Toronto did have a lottery pick earlier in the year but traded former fifth overall selection Jonas Valanciunas to the Memphis Grizzlies for Marc Gasol. Greg Monroe, the seventh pick by Detroit in the 2010 NBA Draft, was also traded to Brooklyn at the trade deadline.
MIAMI PROBABLE STARTERS
POS PLAYER HT WT PPG RPG AST MISC. NOTES
F 22 JIMMY BUTLER (Marquette)
6-7 230 20.8 6.6 6.6
Is four assists short of the 2,000th assist of his career.
F 13 BAM ADEBAYO (Kentucky)
6-9 255 15.6 10.6 4.6
Has posted 20 double-doubles this season, helping Miami to a 16-4 record in those games.
C 0 MEYERS LEONARD (Illinois)
7-0 260 5.8 4.7 1.0
Ranks third in the NBA in three-point field goal percentage at 46.9% (30of-64). (Minimum 50 attempts)
G 55 DUNCAN ROBINSON (Michigan)
6-7 215 12.2 3.1 0.9
Connected on multiple three-point field goals in a team-record 14straight games from 11/25 – 12/20.
G 25 KENDRICK NUNN (Oakland)
6-2 190 16.0 2.8 3.5
Recorded his 500th point of the season in his 31st game, the fastest by a rookie in HEAT history
TV: FOX Sports Sun (Eric Reid, John Crotty, Jason Jackson); NBA TV Radio: The Ticket 790AM & The HEAT Radio Network (Mike Inglis, Ruth Riley Hunter) Spanish Radio: WAQI 710AM & The HEAT Spanish Radio Network (José Pañeda, Joe Pujala)
Series Notes: The HEAT and Raptors meet for the second of three matchups this regular season. Earlier this season, Miami recorded a, 121-110, overtime win on 12/3 in Toronto, recording the Raptors first home loss of the season. The HEAT is 53-34 all-time versus Toronto during the regular season, including 31-14 in Miami and 22-20 on the road.
WASHINGTON WIZARDS 123, MIAMI HEAT 105 (12/30/19): The Wizards shot 51.2 percent from the field as they recorded a, 123-105, win against the Miami HEAT in Washington. Miami started hot, shooting 65 percent in the first to take a 10-point, 39-29, lead after one. Garrison Mathews scored 20 points in the second, all off the bench, as Washington took an eight-point, 71-63, lead at the half. The Wizards out-scored Miami by one in the third to push their advantage to nine, 90-81, entering the final frame. Washington held a double-figure lead throughout most of the fourth as they recorded the, 123-105, win. Jimmy Butler scored a team-high 27 points as Jordan McRae led the Wizards with 29.
MIAMI HEAT 117, PHILADELPHIA 76ERS 116 OT: The Miami HEAT improved to a perfect 6-0 in overtime games this season after recording a, 117-116, OT win against the visiting Philadelphia 76ers. Joel Embiid scored 10 points in the first, helping the Sixers to a five-point, 3328, lead after one. Both teams scored 26 in the second as Philadelphia held their five-point lead, 59-54, at the break. The HEAT held the 76ers to 20 points in the third as Miami took a six-point, 85-79, advantage into the fourth. With the HEAT up two with 3.3 second left, the Sixers would go to the foul line, after missing the first, Josh Richardson purposely missed the second as Ben Simmons grabbed the rebound and put it in to tie the game at 108 and send it into overtime. After three lead changes in OT, Butler went to foul line with the scored tied at 116 and 2.3 seconds remaining. After hitting 1-of-2 and giving Miami the lead, Philadelphia’s shot at the buzzer missed, securing the HEAT’s, 117-116, win. Butler finished with a teamhigh 25 points as Goran Dragić added 19 off the bench. Embiid led the Sixers with 35.
MIAMI HEAT 113, INDIANA PACERS 112 (12/27/19): The HEAT recorded their fourth-straight win after defeating the Indiana Pacers, 113-112, in Miami. Indiana shot 52.4 percent from the field in the first as they held a two-point, 27-25, lead after one. The HEAT bench scored 18 points in the second, helping Miami take a three-point, 58-55, lead at the half. Jimmy Butler scored 10 points in the third as the HEAT took a two-point, 84-82, advantage into the final frame. After five lead changes in the fourth and Miami down one, 112-111, with 30.8 seconds remaining, a Goran Dragić basket put the HEAT up one as the Pacers would miss their final shot at the buzzer to give Miami the, 113-112, win. Butler finished with a game-high 20 points as Bam Adebayo posted an 18-point, 15-rebound double-double. Aaron Holiday led Indiana with 17 points.
Tyler Herro (29 points) and Goran Dragić (21 points) each posted a 20-point performance off the bench in the same game on 10/29 vs. ATL, marking just the 12th time in franchise history two players each posted 20-point games in the same contest as reserves.
The HEAT has recorded a 20-plus point lead in the first quarter five times this season.
Miami has scored at least 70 first half points five times this season, already the most for any season in franchise history.
The HEAT has recorded at least 30 assists seven times this season, the most through the first 33 games of a season in team history. Miami has recorded a +11.9 scoring margin at home this season, the second-highest in the NBA.
Miami has totaled 3,709 points this season, the most through the first 33 games of a season in franchise history.
The HEAT have out-rebounded their opponents by double-digits in 12-of-16 home games this season.
The HEAT are 21-1 this season when out-rebounding their opponent.
Duncan Robinson connected on his 100th three-point field goal this season on 12/27 in his 31st game, becoming the fastest to 100 made treys in team history, surpassing Damon Jones’ 35 games during the 2004-05 season.
Kendrick Nunn scored his 500th point of the season on 12/27 in his 31st game, becoming the fastest HEAT rookie to 500 points in franchise history, surpassing Dwyane Wade’s 32 games during the 2003-04 season.
CONSECUTIVE LOSSES: The HEAT has not recorded consecutive losses all season, going a perfect 8-0 after a loss. With tonight marking as game 34 of the season, their 33 games are already the longest into a season the HEAT has not recorded consecutive losses in franchise history.
DECADE: The HEAT finished the decade with a .605 (488-319) winning percentage, which included two NBA Championships, four Eastern Conference Championships and six Division titles. Miami’s .605 winning percentage was the best in the Eastern Conference this past decade, and the fifth best overall, trailing only San Antonio, Oklahoma City, Golden State and Houston.
RISING ROOKIES: The HEAT’s rookies are averaging 32.2 points this season, the highest overall average in the NBA. Additionally, Miami’s 32.2 rookie scoring average is currently the third-highest during a single-season in team history.
UNDRAFTED: Kendrick Nunn has totaled 528 points in the first 33 games of the season. His 528 points are the second-most by an undrafted NBA player in their first 33 games during the Common Draft Era (since 1966).
HAPPY HOLIDAYS: The HEAT recorded 11 wins in December, marking as their first double-digit-winning December since 2013 when they also posted 11 wins. Additionally, it now marks as the eighth time Miami has recorded double-figure wins during the month of December in team history.
SELLING OUT: Miami has currently sold out 435-straight overall games, which includes both the regular season and playoffs, the sixth-longest sellout streak in NBA history. Additionally, 257 of those 435 overall sellouts have been at over capacity, where fans have purchased Standing Room Only tickets in the Upper 400 Level. Below are the longest home sellout streaks in NBA history.
TURNING UP THE D IN OT: Miami is a perfect 6-0 this season in overtime games after recording the Bucks first home loss of the season in a, 131126, win in Milwaukee on 10/26, recording the Raptors first home loss of the season in a, 121-110, victory in Toronto on 12/3, defeating Chicago, 110-105, on 12/7, earning a, 135-121, win against Atlanta on 12/10 in which the 14-point win against the Hawks is the largest by any team to trail in the final minute of regulation in the NBA over the last 20 seasons and a, 122-118, win on the second night of a back-to-back set at DAL on 12/14 and the a, 117-116, victory against PHI on 12/28. Additionally, the HEAT’s defense are holding teams in overtime this season to just 5.5 points (33 total) on 24 percent (12-of-50) shooting from the field, including 8.3 percent (2-of-24) from three-point range.
TRIPLE-DOUBLES: Bam Adebayo posted his second triple-double of the season on 12/14 at DAL, becoming just the fifth player in franchise history to record multiple triple-doubles as a member of the HEAT, joining LeBron James (9), Dwyane Wade (5), Hassan Whiteside (4) and Jimmy Butler (3). Adebayo and Butler are now the only pair of HEAT teammates to record multiple triple-doubles in the same season. Additionally, both Adebayo and Butler each posted a triple-double in the same game on 12/10 vs. ATL, becoming the first set of HEAT teammates to achieve the feat during the same game in franchise history as Adebayo also became the youngest player in team history to post a triple-double (22 yrs, 145 days). The HEAT have now recorded five triple-doubles on the season, already tying for the most for a single-season in team history.
HOME SPOILER: The HEAT recorded a, 108-104, win at Philadelphia on 12/18, recording the Sixers first home loss of the season after they started 14-0 at home as Miami previously beat Toronto, 121-110, in overtime on 12/3 also recording the Raptors first home loss of the season after they started 9-0 at home. According to Elias, the HEAT have become the first team in NBA history to snap multiple home win streaks of at least nine games to start a season.
CLOSE CALLS: The HEAT recorded consecutive one-point wins in back-to-back days, marking the first time in franchise history Miami has recorded one-point wins in consecutive days. The first came in a, 113-112, win against IND on 12/27 and then a, 117-116, overtime win vs. PHI on 12/28.
MULTIPLE TREYS: Duncan Robinson connected on multiple 3-point field goals in a franchise record 14-straight games from 11/25 – 12/20.
HOT START: The HEAT started the game on a 15-0 run at CHI on 11/22, marking their best start to a game since their 18-0 start on 1/13/15 at LAL. Additionally, Miami held a 20-point, 31-11, lead in the first quarter, the second time this season the HEAT has had a 20-point advantage in a first quarter with the other occurrence when they had a 32-point first quarter lead vs. HOU on 11/3.
QUARTETS AND TRIOS: Kendrick Nunn (36), Duncan Robinson (34), Bam Adebayo (30) and Jimmy Butler (20) combined to score 120 points on 12/10 vs. ATL, the most by a HEAT foursome in franchise history. Along with Adebayo and Butler’s triple-doubles in the game, it marked as the first time in NBA history a team had multiple triple-doubles and multiple 30-point games by different players and also just the second time in team history three players scored at least 30 points in a single game. Additionally, Nunn and Robinson became the first set of undrafted teammates to each score at least 30 points in the same game in the Common Draft Era (since 1966) as Nunn’s game-high 36-point performance was just one short from tying the HEAT’s all-time rookie scoring record of 37 set by Sherman Douglas on 4/12/90 at BOS. Below are the most points by a HEAT quartet and trio in team history.
(18), Owens (14) 4/15/95 vs. ORL 96 James (44), Wade (34), Bosh (18) 1/9/11 at POR
20-POINT GAMES: Jimmy Butler recorded nine-straight 20-point games from 12/1 – 12/16, tying the third-longest streak of his career. He has now recorded a team-high 16 20-point games this season.
20-PLUS: Kendrick Nunn scored at least 20 points in three consecutive games from 11/12 – 11/16 after recording a team-high 20 points vs. DET on 11/12 in a, 117-108, win, a game-high 23 points at CLE on 11/14 in a, 108-97, victory and then a team-high 22 points in a, 109-94, victory vs. NO on 11/16. That marks as the last HEAT rookie to post at least three consecutive 20-point games since Michael Beasley accomplished the feat in fivestraight games from 4/7/09 – 4/15/09.
MR. ROBINSON: Duncan Robinson scored 21 points in the second quarter in just 5:11 minutes of action on 11/20 vs. CLE, that marks as the most points in a quarter by any player in just 5:11 or fewer minutes over the last 20 years (when play-by-plays were more accessible). Additionally, Robinson connected on seven three-point field goals in the quarter, the most treys in a quarter in franchise history, surpassing the previous record of six which has been done three separate times.
HOT FROM THE FIELD: Miami shot 54.4 percent from the field, 40 percent from three-point range and 90.9 percent from the foul line on 11/14 at CLE, marking just the third time in franchise history the HEAT have shot at least those totals in each category. The only two other times in team history were on 1/26/14 vs. SA (58.1% FG, 42.1% 3FG, 95.0% FT) and 1/11/00 at MIN (55.6% FG, 73.3% 3FG, 93.8% FT).
JIMMY BUCKETS: Jimmy Butler became the first player in NBA history to shoot at least 68.8 percent (11-of-16) from the field and be perfect from both three-point range (2-of-2) and the foul line (10-of-10) with at least that many attempts in each category at PHO on 11/7. His 18 first quarter points and 30 first half points were both career-highs. Additionally, only LeBron James (31 pts on 3/18/14 at CLE), Dwyane Wade (31 pts on 2/15/11 at IND) and Sherman Douglas (31 pts on 12/27/90 at DEN) have scored more in a first half in HEAT franchise history.
JIMMY ‘CREATING’ BUCKETS: Jimmy Butler dished out 13 assists without a single turnover vs. DET on 11/12, becoming just the fourth player in team history to have that many assists without a turnover in a single game. Additionally, his 13 assists were just one shy of his career-high of 14 which he set on 3/26/17 at MIN.
COMEBACK KIDS: The HEAT were down by 21 points, 74-53, about a minute into the third quarter on 10/26 before they came back to win, 131126, in overtime at MIL. The 21-point comeback win was their largest since 11/1/15 when they also overcame a 21-point deficit vs. HOU. Additionally, it was their largest comeback on the road since 3/20/13 when they overcame a 27-point deficit at CLE.
TRIPLE DIGITS: Miami started the season scoring at least 105 points in each of the first six games of the season, the longest streak in team history to begin a campaign. Additionally, the six games of scoring 100+ points was the third-longest to start a season in franchise history.
OFFENSIVE: The HEAT scored 43 points in the second quarter while finishing the first half with 75 points on 11/20 vs. CLE, both tying the franchise records for points in a second quarter and first half. Miami previously scored 43 points in the second quarter on 2/25/11 at WAS and totaled 75 first half points on 11/19/97 vs. LAC. Additionally, the HEAT connected on 10 three-point field goals in the second quarter, the most for any quarter at home in team history and tying the most for any quarter with their 10 made treys in the third quarter at PHI on 10/30/13.
FIRST QUARTER: The HEAT scored 46 points in the first quarter vs. HOU on 11/3, marking as the most first quarter points in team history, surpassing the previous high of 45 points on 11/19/97 vs. LAC. Additionally, Miami outscored the Rockets by +32 (46-14) in the first, marking as the third-highest end of first quarter lead in the NBA during the shot clock era (1954-55).
SHARING IS CARING: Miami dished out 38 assists vs. HOU on 11/3, tying the second-most in franchise history. Additionally, they assisted on 80.9 percent of their shots (38 assists on 47 made field goals), and according to Elias, it marked the second-highest assist percentage with at least 47 made field goals in team history. The only game higher was their 81.3 assist percentage on 2/15/97 vs. PHI (39 assists on 48 made field goals).
TYLER TUESDAY: Tyler Herro scored 29 points vs. ATL on Tuesday 10/29, all off the bench, marking the most by a rookie reserve in franchise history. The previous record was held by Michael Beasley when he scored 28 points off the bench on 3/4/09 vs. PHO. His 29-point effort was also the most points by a HEAT rookie since Dwyane Wade scored 31 points on 2/17/04 vs. UT. Herro scored 19 of his points in the second quarter, the most by a HEAT rookie in a quarter since Caron Butler also scored 19 points in the third quarter on 3/10/03 vs. UT. Additionally, his 29 points off the bench tied for the fifth-most by a HEAT reserve in HEAT history.
YOUNG’N: Tyler Herro (19 yrs, 276 days) became the youngest player in team history to start in a game for the HEAT on 10/23 vs. MEM, surpassing the previous record, which was held by Justise Winslow (19 yrs, 291 days) on 1/11/16 at GS.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Bam Adebayo was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played from December 9 through December 15 after helping Miami to a 2-1 record and averaging 20.0 points, 11.3 rebounds, 8.7 assists, 1.33 steals and 1.00 blocks. He posted two triple-doubles and a double-double during the week while leading the team in rebounds, assists and blocks twice and in plus/minus, minutes and steals once each. It was the first Player of the Week honor of his career and the 59th time in team history a HEAT player earned the award.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Jimmy Butler was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played from December 2 through December 8 after helping Miami to a 3-1 record and averaging 27.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, 8.5 assists and 1.25 steals. He posted two triple-doubles during the week and led the team in assists in all four contests, in points three times, in minutes and blocks twice and in rebounds and steals once each. It marked the fifth time Butler has been named Player of the Week and was the 58th time in franchise history a HEAT player earned the honor.
ROM: Kendrick Nunn was named the Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for games played during Oct/Nov. He is the first undrafted rookie to win Rookie of the Month since Yogi Ferrell (February 2017) and the fourth HEAT rookie in team history to earn the honors, joining Caron Butler, Michael Beasley and Josh Richardson. Nunn led all Eastern rookies in points, scoring average, field goals made and three-point field goals made while placing second in assists per game and third in total assists, steals per game and plus/minus. He averaged 16.4 points, 3.2 assists, 2.4 rebounds, 1.28 steals and 29.3 minutes in 18 games.