Though the Miami Heat were able to end the first, only down one, they proceeded to be outscored, 57-44, over the next two periods.
The fourth period is where they decided to play ball again though. On the back of a series of huge Duncan Robinson three-point shots, the Miami Heat were able to pull the game back close to give themselves a chance.
With an opportunity to go up by one in the last 22 seconds of the contest, after pulling all the way back from what was a 16 point lead or so, and after Coach Spoelstra drew up a brilliant play in the closing seconds of the game, the Miami Heat just couldn’t execute.
The play was one that saw Jimmy Butler running off of a back screen towards the rim, while Bam Adebayo would be the setup man. Timing his run perfectly, Butler would be able to free himself up at the rim, alone, but miss the easy look.
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While he should have still converted the attempt, being the pro and excellent finisher that he is, he somehow mistimed his jump or the gather leading up to the jump, it appeared.
That looked as though it led to him having a poor angle on the glass. Again, he still should convert on that attempt, so it stands as a missed opportunity for the Miami Heat.