Suns start strong, fade against Ade­bayo, Heat

The Arizona Republic - - Sports - Bob Baum

Bam Ade­bayo scored a ca­reer-high 22 points, 20 in the first half, and the Mi­ami Heat opened a six-game road trip by hand­ing the Phoenix Suns their eighth straight loss, 115-98, on Fri­day night.

Jus­tise Winslow added 20 points, in­clud­ing all four of his 3-point tries, and Rod­ney McGruder scored 14 points for Mi­ami. Go­ran Dragic, back af­ter miss­ing eight games with a sore right knee, had 11 points and 10 as­sists.

The Suns again were with­out their top two scor­ers. Devin Booker missed his third straight with left ham­string strain, and T.J. War­ren his fifth straight with right an­kle sore­ness.

Troy Daniels made 6-of-10 3-point­ers for a sea­son-high 18 points for Phoenix. De­an­dre Ay­ton had 16 points and 11 re­bounds for Phoenix. Rookie De’An­thony Mel­ton, in his first ca­reer start, scored all 12 of his points in the third quar­ter for the Suns, who, at 422, have the NBA’s worst record.

Af­ter scor­ing fewer than 10 points in the first quar­ter of each of their pre­vi­ous two games, the Suns shot out to a 36-34 lead af­ter one pe­riod against Mi­ami.

Daniels’ third 3-pointer of the half gave Phoenix its last lead, 45-43, with 4:53 left in the sec­ond quar­ter. Mi­ami scored the next 11 points in what be­came a 17-2 run. McGruder’s 3-pointer capped the out­burst and put the Heat up 60-47. Mikal Bridges’ steal and 3pointer at the buzzer cut the Mi­ami lead to 60-50 at the half.

Richard­son and McGruder sank 3s in an 8-0 spurt that put the Heat ahead 80-62, and they led 89-73 en­ter­ing the fourth quar­ter.

Phoenix briefly cut it to 91-79 be­fore an 8-1 surge made it 99-80 with eight min­utes left. The Heat led by as many as 22 points af­ter that.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.