The Miami Heat extended their winning streak to three games with a 104-98 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday.
The streak has come right after a three-game skid for Miami that saw the team tumble out of first place in the Eastern Conference. Due to these recent wins, the Heat now find themselves right back near the top in the East. Miami entered the day only two back of first place Cleveland and only a half-game behind several teams for second.
After Brooklyn opened up an eight-point leading going into the second quarter, Miami roared back a 33-20 advantage in the second quarter. That strong effort gave the Heat a five-point lead at the half, which they would then extend further in the third quarter. Brooklyn fought hard to the end and the teams were even in a strong final quarter.
Hassan Whiteside poured in 20 points and had 13 rebounds as the big man continues to average a double-double this season. Whiteside who also leads the NBA in blocks had one more in this one. Miami could find it challenging to keep the young center following this season as he has quickly become a breakout star.
Dwyane Wade starred in the bright lights of the famed New York City borough as well with 28 points of his own. Wade who has had several big games in his career at nearby Madison Square Garden looked like his vintage self in this win at Barclays Center. Wade was active defensively as well with three blocks.
Miami will head home now to open a four-game homestand. The first opponent to visit will be the Toronto Raptors on Friday. Miami was able to beat Toronto earlier this year at AmericanAirlines Arena.