MIAMI — Bam Adebayo scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as the Miami Heat beat the Brooklyn Nets 127-101 on Sunday afternoon.
Goran Dragic scored 15 points, Wade Baldwin IV added 14, Josh Richardson scored 12 and Derrick Jones Jr. 11 for the Heat.
Deron Williams scored 25 points to lead the Nets. Joe Harris added 22 points and Jarrett Allen had 19 for Brooklyn.
Brooklyn never led. The Nets trailed by 29 points in the first half and by as many as 35 in the second half.
The Heat went 30 of 33 from the free-throw line.
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said all his players had a solid game.
“Every one of our guys was feeling it today,” Spoelstra said. “Guys were playing well. Guys were moving the ball. Bam had the big night, by far.”
The Heat led 92-63 with 4:07 remaining in the third quarter and cruised from there.
Adebayo scored 11 points in the third quarter, which ended with the Heat up 96-68.
Williams scored 11 points in the third quarter.
The Nets took a 39-35 lead midway through the second quarter.
Williams played a big role in the final two-plus minutes of the second quarter. He made three baskets, which included two 3-pointers.
After Williams’ first 3-pointer, the Nets scored 16 points in a row.
Williams’ sixth 3-pointer and first of the second half gave the Nets a 64-57 lead. Williams scored 16 of his 25 points in the first half.
The Heat opened the game on a 10-2 run.
The Heat led 27-24 with 9:19 remaining in the first quarter.
The Nets responded with an 11-2 run.
Miami opened the second quarter on a 9-0 run. The Heat lead grew to as many as 21 points in the first half.
The Nets shot 45 percent from the field.
Miami outrebounded the Nets 50-42.
“We had a good start and it took a while for our team to establish our game,” Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said. “We just never got there.