MIAMI (AP) — Dillon Brooks scored a season-high 28 points on 10-for-16 shooting and the Memphis Grizzlies ended another Miami winning streak, beating the Heat 124-112 on Tuesday night.
Jonas Valanciunas had 20 points and 10 rebounds, Kyle Anderson finished with 19 points and Desmond Bane added 15 points for the Grizzlies, who won their third straight.
“What I love about our group is they embrace the focus of us,” Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins said. “They relish the opportunity to compete.”
Brooks converted 5 of 9 3-pointers and scored 23 points in the third period to help thwart a Miami comeback bid.
“I feel this is a good stretch for us and we have to keep it rolling to see how far we can take it,” Brooks said. “We know what’s on the line. We know what’s at stake.”
Jimmy Butler scored 28 points and Bam Adebayo had 18 for the Heat, who had won their past four. Three weeks ago, Memphis stalled another Miami win streak at five.
“They hurt us pretty much everywhere,” Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said. “We’re much better than we showed tonight. It shows you how fragile things could be in this league. You’re playing well and then a team can come in and play as well as they did against us tonight.”
Victor Oladipo, in his third game since joining the Heat in a trade with Houston, scored 16 points.
Memphis outscored Miami 13-5 in the first 3:59 of the fourth quarter and extended its lead to 109-94.
Grizzlies leading scorer Ja Morant was held to 10 points. Morant took only one shot in the first half, yet the Grizzles led 63-57 at halftime.
“I’m a pass-first point guard,” said Morant, who finished with 10 assists. “Whatever the team needs from me, that’s what I do. If I have zero points and we win the game, I’m cool with it.”
Valanciunas and Anderson each shot 6-for-8 from the field and combined for 35 points in the half.