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Heat snaps four-game skid behind big nights from Lowry, Herro, Martin

Barry Jackson, Miami Herald on

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The pain came from a hard fall, when Herro collided with Kristaps Porzingis and landed on his back during the first quarter. He writhed in pain for several seconds, got up, missed two three throws and stayed in the game before going to the bench a short time.

The frustration came from foul trouble - two in the first 3:17 and then a third less than a minute into the second quarter, which sidelined him for the remainder of the first half.

He logged just seven scoreless first half minutes, missing his only two shots.

But after scoring just five points on 2 for 7 shooting through three quarters, Herro nailed four threes in the fourth, including two pull-up threes in the final five minutes.

He finished with 17 points on 6 for 15 shooting.

This was Herro’s first game since scoring 29 points against Indiana on Nov. 4; he had missed eight games in a row with a sprained ankle.

 

— Kyle Lowry was spectacular in the first, continuing arguably the best stretch of his Heat career.

On Wednesday, he delivered 24 points in the first half - his highest scoring first half in 1149 career games - and closed with 26 points on 7 for 12 shooting, including 5 for 6 on threes.

Lowry picked up his fourth foul (which didn’t appear to be a foul) just 1:55 into the third quarter, with the Heat up 20. Erik Spoelstra left him in the game, but Lowry then picked up his fifth foul while jockeying for a rebound with 4:45 left in the third quarter.

He left with the Heat up eight. He returned with the game tied with 7:17 left.

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