Ben Simmons miserably failed to put a show on during the Brooklyn Nets preseason encounter against the Miami Heat. The Heat crushed the Nets convincingly with a score of 109-80. Meanwhile, while on the court, Simmons only tried three shots, finishing with four points. However, he grabbed ten rebounds.
Meanwhile, on the other hand, Bam Adebayo led the winning Heat with 17 points to his name. Moreover, the undrafted rookie Jamal Cain chipped in with 15 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. In addition, Jimmy Butler, a top player for Miami, participated for the first time during the preseason, scoring two points in the first half before sitting out the second. Meanwhile, Victor Oladipo and Tyler Herro sat out for the Heat.
A Harris and Irving Less Nets Squad
The Nets went into the game without their top players, including Joe Harris and Kyrie Irving. The former missed the game because he rested an ankle that kept him out most of the last season. Meanwhile, the latter was absent because he was taking the night off following the birth of his kid. However, Kevin Durant led the Brooklyn Nets, scoring 22 points on 8 of 12 shootings in his 26 minutes on the court.
Seven to Score Double Digit
Meanwhile, seven Heat players reached double-digit scoring. Dru Smith, Duncan Robinson, and Jamaree Bouyea each contributed 12 points, and Kyle Lowry led Miami with 15 points. Meanwhile, Jamal Cain played for Marquette and Oakland University before signing with the Heat in July.
On the other hand, Durant scored 18 points in the first half while playing 19 minutes, connecting on six of his seven attempts. Meanwhile, Simmons Royce O’Neale, both played for 18 minutes each. Moreover, Cam Thomas scored 13 points, while Markieff Morris added 10.
The clubs experimented with several lineups during the first half, combining the starting with some vital bench players. Both teams appeared to extend their stars for a few additional minutes in the condensed NBA preseason.