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The NBA announced it fined the Miami Heat $25,000 for breaking league rules.
Miami was punished “for violating league injury reporting rules. The Heat did not disclose an accurate game availability status for several players prior to its game vs. Oklahoma City on Dec. 14 at Paycom Center.”
Despite the effective, Miami won Wednesday’s contest against the Thunder because of Tyler Herro’s heroics.
He drilled the go-ahead jumper with five seconds remaining of the 110-108 win and finished with 35 points behind a blistering 9-of-17 shooting from deep. Miami hit 24 three-pointers as a team, which proved to be the difference.
Herro was certainly one of six players on the Heat to attain in double figures, and Bam Adebayo posted a double-double of 15 points and 13 boards.
Miami did not have Jimmy Butler or Gabe Vincent within the win.
The Heat have won three in a row after an abysmal 12-15 begin to the season, which has propelled them into eighth place within the Eastern Conference standings. Also they are closing the gap on among the top contenders and are only 3.5 games behind the third-seeded Cleveland Cavaliers.
Miami is unquestionably in NBA-Finals-or-bust mode after reaching the Eastern Conference Finals in two of the last three seasons. It reached the 2020 NBA Finals contained in the Walt Disney World Resort bubble, even though it fell short against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Next up for the Heat is a Saturday showdown with the San Antonio Spurs.