Heat beat the Timberwolves 121-112. Miami move back into the 6th seed due to the Celtics loss yesterday to the Bulls. The season series is now 1-1. This was a great win for the Heat. They are still trying to clinch a playoff berth. Minnesota are already eliminated from playoff contention. Heat are now one game back from the 4th seed and half a game back from the 5th seed. Miami shot 51% from the field and 41% from behind the arc. Timberwolves shot 48% from the field but only 27% from behind the arc and just 67% from the free throw line. Miami redeems themselves from the loss on Tuesday to the Mavericks.
Timberwolves jumped out to a 11 point lead in the first quarter but found themselves down in the 2nd quarter. And Heat held on to the lead for the rest of the game. Heat bench outscored Timberwolves bench 57-19 due to mainly Herro and Dragic. Goran Dragic had 23 points and Tyler Herro had 27 points. This was Herro’s first game back from his right foot soreness. He was out for six games. Herro shot 10-13 from the field and was 6 of 8 from behind the arc. Jimmy Butler added 25 points for the Heat, Bam Adebayo added 15 points and Kendrick Nunn added 12 points. For the Timberwolves Karl-Anthony Towns had 27 points, Anthony Edwards had 25 points, D’Angelo Russell had 17 points but was ejected in the 3rd quarter and Ricky Rubio had 16 points. This was a must win game for the Heat and they capitalized on it. Heat next 2 games are vs the Celtics. 2 big games toward playoff contentions for both. if Miami wins both they will clinch playoff berth.