Adebayo, Butler Lead Heat By Spurs For Third Straight Win – CBS Miami
SAN ANTONIO (AP) – Bam Adebayo scored 23 points while Jimmy Butler had 18 points and 11 assists to help the Miami Heat beat the San Antonio Spurs 107-87 for their third straight win on Wednesday night.
Tyler Herro added 22 points for Miami, which has won nine out of 13.
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San Antonio was led by DeMar DeRozan with 15 points. Derrick White added 13 points, Dejounte Murray had 11 and no other player had double-digit results for the Spurs, who have lost five straight at home.
Butler, Adebayo and Herro were all rated as questionable with leg injuries, but added to the heat early on, with Adebayo setting the tone offensively and defensively.
Adebayo, who was cut off from the U.S. men’s national team led by Gregg Popovich ahead of the 2019 FIBA World Basketball Championship, campaigned for acceptance into the Tokyo Olympics again this summer.
Adebayo was 8 for 12 off the field and 7 for 8 on free throws while getting all his points for the first three quarters. The 6-foot-9 center also had eight rebounds, four assists, and three steals in 31 minutes.
San Antonio had won twice in a row but failed to continue the explosive offense it demonstrated on the street.
The Spurs shot 10-35 with 3 pointers, dropping 100 points for the first time since losing to Denver 106-96 on April 7, a seven-game period.
Popovich isn’t sure if 85% of Spurs will be fully vaccinated this season, which would result in a reduction in the league’s health and safety protocols for the team. The NBA and NBA Players Association have agreed to allow players to go to outdoor restaurants, leave hotel rooms, and cancel PCR testing on rest days at any time when 85% of a team’s players and staff are fully vaccinated.
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The veteran San Antonio coach recommends any Spurs player who hesitates to get the COVID-19 vaccination.
“I’ve already told my team,” said Popovich. “I’m one of those guys, I never get a flu shot. I think the last time I got a flu shot was when I was in the military. I got vaccinated (for COVID-19) because it’s a different deal. Although people die from the flu, it is a much more critical, much more dangerous virus, and you are helping save others. In my opinion, it’s almost like a civic duty. You not only help yourself but also your fellow citizens to stay safe. “
Heat: Butler returned after an absence of two games with a sprained right ankle. … Adebayo and Herro returned after missing out on Monday’s win against Houston. Adebayo sat with a sore right knee and Herro had a sore right foot. … Former Spurs center Dewayne Dedmon had six points and three rebounds in 15 minutes. Dedmon played for Spurs in 2017 and signed with the Atlanta Hawks the following season. … The heat is between 14 and 15 this season.
Spurs: San Antonio are 28-5 at home against Miami. … DeRozan has scored 1,000 points for the eleventh time in a row and has been the only LeBron James and Russell Westbrook player since 2010. … Poeltl finished the last seconds of the first season with five blocks, including two at Okpala concentration camp with the same ball possession quarter. … Trey Lyles missed his 13th game in a row with an ankle injury.
Heat: Visit the Atlanta Hawks on Friday.
Spurs: hosted the Detroit Pistons on Thursday.
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