The Miami Heat lost a highly contested game to the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night, by a final of 125-118, despite a brilliant performance from Jimmy Butler.
Jimmy Butler is averaging just under 20 points this season and certainly did everything he could in the loss. Butler scored 30 points on 52.6% shooting and was 10 for 10 at the free-throw line. He also had 10 assists and 10 rebounds, to account for his second triple double of the season. Adebayo had an impressive night as well, shooting 80% from the field while scoring 27 points with 12 rebounds. He also had 7 assists, a steal and 2 blocks. Coming off the bench but playing the most minutes, G Tyler Herro matched Adebayo’s 27 points on 55% shooting.
The Heat put up a great effort against the Clippers, although LA was without Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and Patrick Beverly. But they still had Marcus Morris Sr, who had 26 points on 9-of-11 shooting before intermission, including six threes. Morris finished with 32 points.
Despite both teams getting the same amount of rebounds, the Clippers drilled seven more three-pointers than the Heat. LA shot 46.9% (15/32) beyond the arc, while Miami shot 22.2% (8/36).
Tyler Herro, on going against the very-shorthanded Clippers: “There’s no excuse why we lost…”
The Heat are now 11-16, with a tough schedule ahead. Meanwhile, the Clippers are 21-8, holding down the 3rd seed in a tough Western Conference.
- Monday marked just the 10th game that Harkless has played in this season.
- Duncan Robinson continues to short poorly, averaging 12.6 PPG, with a 41.5 FG% this season.
- After sticking with a nine-man rotation for most games, the Heat extended it to a 10-man rotation against the Clippers.
The Miami Heat stay in California, but travel to San Francisco to face the 15-13 Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night.