The Miami Heat picked up a win over the lowly Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday by a final score of 102-98.
Brooklyn took a six-point lead into the half before Miami had a ten-point advantage in the third quarter. That effort set up a highly competitive fourth quarter. The Nets would threaten Miami's lead during that final quarter several times, before the Heat iced things in the final minute.
This game snapped a streak of five straight games for the Heat with less than 90 points. Miami went 1-4 during that stretch, with the lone win coming on Monday. Playing without multiple starters has made scoring and winning difficult for the Heat.
Without Hassan Whiteside and Goran Dragic once again, Miami turned to Amar'e Stoudemire and Beno Udrih for the start. Stoudemire continued to be mostly a non-factor in the points department, but he contributed in other ways. Stoudemire who had four points added seven rebounds and a couple of steals.
Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade each had 27 points in the win with Wade adding in eight assists. Wade also was busy defensively with three steals and two blocked shots. Miami had ten steals overall in a well-played game.
Justise Winslow saw big minutes again with 37 off the bench. The rookie contributed 13 points and seven rebounds in an exceptional effort. Winslow has been needed more as of late due to Miami's growing list of injuries.
The Heat will wrap up the road trip on Friday against the Milwaukee Bucks at 8 p.m.