Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Credit Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Bam Adebayo scored 19 points and grabbed 14 rebounds as the host Miami Heat (37-20) force the Brooklyn Nets (29-27) to their 11th straight loss with a 115-111 (26-26, 38-32, 27-18, 24-35) victory on Saturday night.

Player of the Game
Bam  Adebayo
EFF
24
Bam Adebayo
Points 19
Accuracy 8-12
Rebounds 14
Assists 4

Brooklyn's Kyrie Irving scored 18 straight Nets points in the fourth quarter as the Nets cut a 21-point deficit to just one on a 3-pointer by rookie Cam Thomas with 38 seconds left.

Miami's Jimmy Butler drove to the basket and scored on a short bank shot with 22 seconds left.

After two free throws by Irving and one by Butler, the Nets called timeout trailing 113-111 with 14 seconds left. However, a steal by Kyle Lowry on a pass intended for Irving iced the game for Miami.

Irving, who had just four points at halftime and nine through three quarters, finished with 29 points.

Miami, which has the best home record in the Eastern Conference at 19-6, got Tyler Herro (knee) off the injured list. Herro scored 15 points.

Brooklyn's Thomas scored 22 points, including 15 in less than eight second-quarter minutes.

The Nets were without four injured players, including star Kevin Durant as well as starters Joe Harris, Nic Claxton, and LaMarcus Aldridge.

In addition, the three players Brooklyn acquired in a trade on Thursday -- Ben Simmons, Seth Curry, and Andre Drummond -- are not yet cleared to play.

Brooklyn shot just 3-for-13 from 3-point range in the first quarter, but the Nets finished the opening 12 minutes tied 26-26 because Miami made just 2-of-9 from long distance.

There were four lead changes in the first two-plus minutes of the second quarter, but a Lowry layup with 9:28 left put Miami on top for the rest of the first half. Miami led 64-58 at halftime.

In the third quarter, Miami stretched its lead to 21 points before settling for a 91-76 advantage at the end of the period.

In the fourth quarter, Brooklyn went on a 16-3 run, cutting its deficit to single digits. Irving took over the game at one point, but Miami held on for the win.

Heat: Bam Adebayo 19 (14 REB), Duncan Robinson 17, Tyler Herro 15 (7 REB), Jimmy Butler 13 (6 REB), Kyle Lowry 13 (6 AST), Gabe Vincent 11, P. J. Tucker 10 (8 REB).

Nets: Kyrie Irving 29 (5 REB, 5 AST), Cam Thomas 22, Kessler Edwards 13 (5 REB), Bruce Brown 11 (5 REB), Day'Ron Sharpe 10 (12 REB).

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Miami Heat
Brooklyn Nets
50%
41/82
Field goals
45%
42/93
59
Rebounds
46
20
Assists
16
6
Steals
12
34%
10/29
3-pointers
30%
12/40
58%
31/53
2-pointers
57%
30/53

Best players

Bam  Adebayo
19 PTS
8/12 FG
3/5 FT
Kyrie  Irving
29 PTS
10/22 FG
6/6 FT
Bam  Adebayo
14 REB
12 DREB
2 OREB
Day'Ron  Sharpe
12 REB
7 DREB
5 OREB
Kyle  Lowry
6 As
2 TO
36 MIN
Kyrie  Irving
5 As
2 TO
41 MIN
Bam  Adebayo
24 EFF
67% 2P%
- 3P%
Kyrie  Irving
25 EFF
50% 2P%
38% 3P%