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NBA Odds: Heat narrowly defeated Pelicans

Tyler Herro scored 26 points to help the Miami Heat defeat the New Orleans Pelicans. Follow for more NBA Odds news and updates here!

Kyle Lowry scored nine straight points in the fourth quarter, to provide much-needed help for Herro’s 26 points for Miami Heat’s 100-96 win over the New Orleans Pelicans. Bam Adebayo and Jimmy Butler had both added 18 points each. You may visit us for more NBA rosters news about this upcoming NBA All-Star draft here!

CJ McCollum took an almost clutch 3-pointer with 7.6 seconds left that would’ve given his side a 99=98 commanding lead, however the shot missed off the front of the rim and gave the Miami Heat a possession, then an immediate foul from the Pelicans that sealed the victory for the home squad. The Pelicans have lost their four straight games, and get a double-double effort from Jonas Valanciunas with 14 points and 16 rebounds, while Trey Murphy III scored his team-high 17 points. Meanwhile, McCollum was held to just low-scoring 13 points on 5-for-16 shooting from the floor.

The Miami Heat now climbed the East standing to sixth with a 26-22 record, while the New Orleans Pelicans fell to fourth spot and lagging behind the surprising Sacramento Kings. The Pelicans are missing the services of Zion Williamson (due to hamstring injury), and Brandon Ingram (toe).

The visiting side led 32-23 after the first quarter as the Pelicans shot a near-perfect 9-of-11 shooting in the paint and 63.2 percent overall. But the Heat – started to fuel their defense and ended the second quarter with a 10-0 run and trailed 47-41 after the first half. 

The host took its first lead of the game on two Butler free throws with three minutes remaining in the third quarter, lifting Miami up to 65-63. The Pelicans though had a mini-run and closed the third quarter with 72-69 lead. 

In the fourth quarter, Pelicans had a series of misfortunes as the visiting squad turned the ball over 24 times in the game, including important possessions in the final minute of the match. With 15 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter and Miami trailing Pelican 97-96, Daniels tried to hit Larry Nance Jr. in the post, but the pass was too high and it went to Nance’s left hand with the final possession for Miami.

Victor Oladipo was fouled and he sank both of his free throws to seal the lead. The rookie Daniels failed to inbound the ball in a five seconds violation. New Orleans had a chance to tie the game with the shot by McCollum, but was tightly guarded by Butler.

Miami Heat committed eight turnovers in the first quarter alone, the three coming when Devonte Graham intercepted a pass at midcourt and swished an unintentional 45-footer dagger. 

“It was taxing. It feels like mistake after mistake, but that’s also not giving them credit. They are extremely good at what they do,” said the Heat Coach Erik Spoelstra. 

“When we get stops and run in transition, we’re a hard team to beat,” Heat center Bam Adebayo said during the post-match interview.

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