The Miami Heat seem to be finally hitting their stride after two consecutive victories against the rival Milwaukee Bucks. Heat improve to 24-20, 4 games above .500 for the first time this year and winners of 3 straight. They have also won 12 of their last 17 games. This was a dominant performance, as Miami won today by double digits 111-95.
#HEATWin final - Miami 111, Milwaukee 95
Vincent: 27pts (5 3s), 5stls & 3rebs
Adebayo: 20pts & 13rebs
Oladipo: 20pts, 5asts & 3stls
Butler: 16pts & 4rebs
Strus: 10pts, 7rebs & 4asts pic.twitter.com/kg067A7Qk9— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) January 14, 2023
Gabe Vincent continues to play like he has something to prove, exploding with 27 points and 5 steals, 55 points combined the last 2 games. He is excelling as a starter these last few games, taking full advantage of his opportunity. His impact was huge on BOTH ends of the floor, he has made the team better when out on the court.
- 27 Points
- 5 Steals
- 11/14 (79%)
- 5/8 from 3 (63%)
- 55 Points in the last two games against the Bucks
- First undrafted player with 25+ points and 5 Steals since Jeremy Lin pic.twitter.com/sQRHxeMEcz— HEATMUSE (@HEATmuse) January 14, 2023
Vincent had a dominant first half, as he recorded 21 points and did it in all different ways offensively. Was hitting the three ball, mid range, and even used his floater game.
What a half for Gabe. He's already at 21 points, just 7 off his career high (which he set 2 days ago). pic.twitter.com/YpCzaTg0xu— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) January 14, 2023
Victor Oladipo has officially arrived, hitting his stride as an offensive threat and excelling in the 6th man role. This is what Heat Nation all over envisioned, to have a two-way player who has the ability to fill it up offensively in different ways. The NBA world deserves to see a healthy Dipo, and his emergence has been pivotal in the team’s recent success.
TURN US UP, VIC pic.twitter.com/y1YOX8SJLt— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) January 14, 2023
Erik Spoelstra on Victor Oladipo:
“He’s a major X-factor for our team. That’s what we had hoped for. That’s what we anticipated.”
Victor Oladipo in his last 8 games:
• 17.1 PPG
• 4.3 RPG
• 4.9 APG
• 1.9 SPG
• 40% 3PT (6.3 3PA)
• 6-2 record
He’s back pic.twitter.com/sRMwkzLu2L— (@WadexFlash) January 14, 2023
Bam Adebayo did what Bam Adebayo does, adding a 20 point double double. He continues to make his case for an all-star selection, and he absolutely has earned it. He continues to improve his game each year and is having a career year. Back in 2021, Brook Lopez would use drop coverage on Bam in the playoffs forcing him to shoot the mid range. He has worked on that aspect of the game and the results have been showing.
Bam came alive in the 4th and finished with another 20/10 game pic.twitter.com/c2GmWjPhnm— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) January 14, 2023
Haywood Highsmith is another player who has been playing his role extremely well. Doing all the little things as the PF, and has been starting recently with Martin being out.
I asked Erik Spoelstra about Highsmith’s role in the offenses as a complement:
“He’s embraced this role.”
Goes back to Summer League when he played this exact role
Says it’s very easy to want to go out there and put up 25 in that environment
“It took mental stability.”
Tyler Herro did not end up playing tonight after initially being upgraded to questionable. However, the depth of this team is finally showing positive signs. This is the best the Heat have looked all year, and although there’s still work to be done in terms of climbing up the standings, Miami seems to be figuring things out.
That’s 3 straight Miami Heat Wins:
◾️4-1 in their last 5.
◾️8-3 in their last 11.
◾️12-5 in their last 17.
They will look to continue their success back on the road Monday in Atlanta at 3:30 PM ET.