James Harden finished with 12 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds as the Nets won for the first time with their Big Three playing together, The Associated Press reported.
They lost consecutive games with dismal defensive efforts in Cleveland and barely got enough stops to hold off a short-handed Heat team that had been limited to 81 points by Toronto a night earlier.
“It’s not every day you see this collection of guys playing together in NBA history, so we want to take full advantage of that,” Irving said.
Irving helped pull the Nets through with 12 points in the final 5:48 after the Heat had erased nearly all of an 18-point deficit.
Joe Harris added 23 points and seven three-pointers for Brooklyn, but the Nets needed Irving’s 18 points in the final quarter of a game they had largely controlled.
“All three of those guys, they’re just so damn skilled. Off the dribble, their shooting ability, their ability to see open players, and that’s why they’re three of the best in this business,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “And those are shots that only great players can manufacture.”
Goran Dragic scored 19 points and Kendrick Nunn and Duncan Robinson each had 18 for the Heat, who remain without Jimmy Butler and Tyler Herro. Adebayo also had nine assists while blowing past his previous best scoring night of 30 points.
“I wish we’d gotten the W; 40 don’t mean nothing unless you got the W, for real,” Adebayo said.
Durant was 5 for 5 and scored 13 points in the third quarter, with the last of his three three-pointers in the period making it 96-80. Adebayo beat the buzzer with a jumper, than Miami opened the fourth with a 13-0 run to get within 96-95.
Lakers 101 Bulls 90
Anthony Davis scored a game-high 37 points, and Los Angeles rolled to a win over host Chicago.
The Lakers improved to a perfect 9-0 on the road to start the season. LeBron James notched a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds for Los Angeles, which won for the seventh time in their past eight games.
Zach LaVine finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Bulls, whose three-game winning streak came to an end. Coby White had 14 points, while Patrick Williams (13) and Lauri Markkanen (12) also scored in double digits.