D'Angelo Russell expects to play against Heat

D'Angelo Russell expects to play against Heat

Miami led 24-21, thanks in large part to Whiteside's 11 points, eight rebounds and two blocks.

Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell says he expects to play against the Miami Heat on Friday evening after a knee injury has kept him out since the middle of November, according to Adam Zagoria of SNY.

Miami led, 65-58, with just under nine minutes left in the third quarter and seemed poised to extend the lead. Dinwiddie had 15 points and LeVert and Joe Harris each scored 12. Josh Richardson chipped in with 14 for Miami, which hit 10 of 24 3-pointers and shot 46.3 percent overall. While they looked well on their way to doing so midway through the game, the Heat fell apart on both sides of the ball halfway through the third quarter on their way to a loss, 101-95.

The Heat led 64-48 with 8:53 left in the third quarter but scored just five points the rest of the period as Brooklyn closed to within two.

Whiteside led Miami with 22 points, 13 rebounds and four blocked shots, his second consecutive impressive performance.

Brooklyn got back into the game by closing the third quarter on a 14-0 run, cutting Miami's lead to 69-67. His most impressive basket was a spin move and dunk in the second quarter that left the Nets interior defenders grasping for air. Two young guys on the team trying to find their way in this league.

Slowing the pace early: The last time these teams met, the Nets ran the Heat off the AmericanAirlines Arena court, 111-87. Spoelstra mentioned that pace, which is the fifth-fastest in the National Basketball Association, several times Friday.

"Everything is not going to go your way, but we pride ourselves on our defense and it took us forever in that fourth quarter before we got a stop", Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra said. "That was our kryptonite".

Norbertas Giga scored 12 points for the Gamecocks (15-6, 6-2 Ohio Valley Conference), who were outrebounded 44-31, but shot 41 percent from the floor while holding the Colonels to 35 percent. Prior to this game, he was averaging 20.9 points and 5.7 assists.

No rest for the tired: The Heat's road trip continues in Charlotte on Saturday, their eighth back-to-back of the season and second this week, capping the only week the entire season in which Miami plays five games.

Brooklyn snapped a five-game losing skid at Barclays Center and a seven-game home losing streak to the Heat. Moments later, Bam Adebayo brought the game back to a tie on Miami's following offensive possession with a thunderous dunk.

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