LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo each scored 22 points to help the Miami Heat beat the Denver Nuggets 125-105 on Saturday in the first restart game for both teams.
Kelly Olynyk scored all of his 20 points in the fourth quarter for the Heat, who shot 56% from the field.
It was a positive step for Miami after an 18-point loss to Memphis in its final scrimmage on Tuesday. The Heat broke away with a strong second half on both ends.
“I think we really locked in and got stops in the second,” Adebayo said. “It always helps to make shots, don’t get me wrong. But we started playing a lot harder in the second.”
Nikola Jokic and Jerami Grant each scored 19 points for Denver.
The Nuggets played without guards Jamal Murray (hamstring), Will Barton (knee) and Gary Harris (hip). Murray ranks second on the team with 18.8 points per game.
Denver also did not get a full training camp because of coronavirus cases on the team.
“It’s still unacceptable,” Nuggets guard Torrey Craig said. “If you’re out there, you have to play your best and you've got to compete. You don’t make any excuses, no matter how many guys you have.”