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Okaro White starting at power forward for Heat on Wednesday

Okaro White starting at power forward for Heat on Wednesday”

But led by Goran Dragic and a big second-half lift from Tyler Johnson off the bench the Heat overcame some poor stretches in the second and third quarters to beat the Bulls 97-91 at AmericanAirlines Arena. The Bulls shot just 28.2 percent from the floor and went 10-of-37 from 3-point range while committing 20 turnovers in a 101-69 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday as they failed to build on the momentum of their only win two nights earlier. "I liked all the emotions we had to go through". But Miami was fortunate it was playing the worst offensive team in the league. He still finished with 17 points and five assists against San Antonio, but the season is young and fans are nervous about the rocky situation. The rookie has made 17 threes, which is the most by any player after six career National Basketball Association games. He scored a career high 25 points on 9-18 FGs, 5-7 FTs.

The Heat end this season-long six-game home stand 3-3 and now hit the road for six games, starting Friday in Denver.

And even though Hassan Whiteside returned to the court on Wednesday night, the Heat still didn't play as well as it hoped against the lowly Bulls. During his first National Basketball Association start, Adebayo recorded four points and eight rebounds within 20 minutes; according to miamiherald.com, Spoelstra defends his decision to start Adebayo, stating, "I really wanted to leverage some speed and quickness with our starting lineup". "I thought his first seven minutes were outstanding".

A push in the second quarter grabbed the lead for the Bulls in the third, which remained for most of the quarter. The veteran point guard appears to will the Heat though their rough patches and did so again Wednesday when the offense was bogged down in the second half. While the game seemed to be a game of runs, Dragic stayed consistent.

James Johnson was a late scratch from the lineup due to right knee tendinitis. Miami and Chicago played 71 times between 2003-04 and last season; Wade played for Miami in 64 games, sat out four and played for Chicago in three last season.

In just 13 minutes Adebayo still showed the effort the Heat needed out of him.

"It was a roller-coaster game", Dragic said. "We're happy how we bounced back". "They've been trying to get better, trying to get on the same page, trying to get a game that's just getting a little bit closer to our identity". But sadly, the road trip might be more hard than what the Heat have already experienced. And now Miami's six-game homestand is followed by a six-game trip that starts Friday.

"We're happy with the win, especially before this long road trip", Dragic said.



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