Tyler Herro came off the bench to score 27 points in 29 minutes, Jimmy Butler added 25 and the Miami Heat beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 121-112 in their latest match to move a game clear of Boston Celtics in the race for the # 6 spot in the Eastern Conference.
Goran Dragic added 23 points for Miami, courtesy to Herro and Dragic held a 57-19 edge in bench points. Herro, who had been out with right foot soreness, was 10 of 13 from the field and 6 of 8 from 3-point range for Miami.
Miami Heat return to #6 Eastern Conference spot
The win, combined with a loss at Chicago by Boston, allowed the Heat to pass the Celtics in the standings. Miami opens a two-game series in Boston on Sunday, the teams battling to avoid having to be part of the play-in tournament that awaits the teams finishing between No. 7 and No. 10 in each conference.
Karl-Anthony Towns scored 14 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter for Minnesota Timberwolves, which had won five consecutive meetings against Miami. Anthony Edwards scored 25 points and D’Angelo Russell added 17 before getting ejected in the third quarter.
Miami Heat got that early deficit down to four by the end of the first, then outscored Minnesota 61-46 in the middle two quarters. It was only a seven-point Heat lead with 2:14 left, but back-to-back 3’s by Dragic and another one from Herro in 59-second span sealed things for Miami.
“I’m not worried about the points,” Dragic said as per ESPN. “I want to be back in the playoffs. That’s the most important thing.”