National Basketball Association
Miami 125, Denver 105
When: 1:00 PM ET, Saturday, August 1, 2020
Where: HP Field House, Kissimmee, Florida
Officials: #21 Dedric Taylor, #5 Kane Fitzgerald, #60 James Williams
Attendance: N/A

Bam Adebayo had 22 points, nine rebounds and six assists, Jimmy Butler also scored 22 points and added seven assists, and the Miami Heat used a big second half to beat the Denver Nuggets 125-105 near Orlando on Saturday.

Kelly Olynyk scored all 20 of his points in the fourth quarter, Duncan Robinson scored 17, Goran Dragic had 13 points and Kendrick Nunn added 11 for the Heat (42-24). Miami outscored Denver 69-48 in the second half.

Nikola Jokic had 19 points, seven rebounds and six assists and Jerami Grant also had 19 points for the shorthanded Nuggets (43-23).

Denver played without starters Jamal Murray, Gary Harris and Will Barton. All three have nagging injuries but could have played if Saturday's contest had been a playoff game.

Monte Morris had 13 points, Michael Porter Jr. scored 11 and Torrey Craig added 10 points for the Nuggets. Denver committed 19 turnovers that led to 35 points for Miami.

The Nuggets used a 7-2 run at the start of the third quarter to take a six-point lead. But Butler scored four straight points, Adebayo had six straight and Jae Crowder hit a 3-pointer to cap a 14-3 run that gave Miami a 72-67 lead midway through the period.

Denver got within two points but Crowder hit two more from deep and Robinson hit a 3-pointer during a 13-0 run that gave the Heat an 87-72 lead late in the third. The Nuggets got back within 10 but Butler's layup at the period buzzer made it 94-79 heading into the fourth.

Miami pushed the advantage to 20 points in the first three minutes of the fourth before the Nuggets scored six straight to get closer and force a Heat timeout.

It was 106-92 after a three-point play by Grant but the Heat put it away with a trio of 3-pointers from Olynyk that made the margin 117-95.

The Heat led most of the first half but a surge gave Denver a seven-point lead late in the second quarter. Miami cut it to 57-56 at halftime.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Miami   Denver
Bam Adebayo 22 Scoring Jerami Grant 19
Jimmy Butler 7 Assists Nikola Jokic 6
Bam Adebayo 9 Rebounds Nikola Jokic 7
Jimmy Butler 10 Free Throws Made Monte Morris 7
Jimmy Butler 3 Steals Paul Millsap 2
Goran Dragic 1 Blocks Nikola Jokic 1
Team Stats Summary
Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Miami 125 55.6 13-29 32-37 29 38 2 7 16
Denver 105 43.8 8-35 19-24 28 38 2 7 19
Upcoming Games
  • Denver will play their next game on the road against Oklahoma City. The Nuggets have a W/L % of .614 after a win and .727 after a loss.
  • Miami will play their next game at home against Toronto. The Heat have a W/L % of .537 after a win and .800 after a loss.