NBA: Mikal Bridges leads Nets’ blowout win over Heat
Mikal Bridges scored 27 points and the Brooklyn Nets snapped a season-worst, five-game losing streak by putting together a dominant second half in a 129-100 victory over the host Miami Heat on Saturday night.
The Nets (40-34) vaulted back into sixth place in the Eastern Conference with their first win since March 12. Brooklyn leads the seventh-place Heat (40-35) by a half-game and is 1 1/2 games behind the New York Knicks for fifth place.
Brooklyn turned a 14-point deficit into a blowout after halftime. The Nets outscored Miami 39-18 in the third quarter and 64-31 in the final 24 minutes.
Bridges made 7 of 19 shot attempts and also was 10 of 11 from the foul line.
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Cameron Johnson added 23 points and hit five of Brooklyn’s 18 threes. Spencer Dinwiddie contributed 15 points, Nic Claxton collected 14 and 10 rebounds and Dorian Finney-Smith and Edmond Sumner chipped in 12 apiece.
Brooklyn shot 49.4 percent overall and a blistering 59.3 percent in the decisive third quarter.
Tyler Herro and Max Strus scored 23 points apiece to lead the Heat, who shot 47.5 percent but were a dreadful 6 of 19 in the third. Strus scored all of his points by halftime, shooting 9-for-10.
Jimmy Butler added 18 points and Bam Adebayo finished with 16 as the Heat were swept in the three-game season series with Brooklyn.
Miami made 13 of its first 16 shots and held a 36-28 lead through the opening quarter. Adebayo’s dunk opened a 64-52 lead with 2:35 remaining in the first half, which the Nets ended on a 13-5 spurt to get within 69-65 by halftime.
After Adebayo’s dunk cut Brooklyn’s lead to 79-73 with 8:36 left in the third quarter, the Nets ripped off a 17-2 run for a 96-75 lead on Dinwiddie’s jumper with 3:58 remaining. Brooklyn then took a 104-87 lead into the fourth when Sumner sped through the lane for a buzzer-beating layup.
Joe Harris hit a 3-pointer with 9:29 left to push the lead to 112-90 and Bridges drained a trey to make it 122-92 with 5:44 remaining to seal the win.