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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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From there, Lowry missed a jumper but hit two free throws, putting the Heat ahead three.

Sometimes a reluctant shooter when the Heat’s at full strength, Lowry has been active and efficient in the continued absence of Jimmy Butler, volume scoring but also setting up others.

On Wednesday, he opened 7 for 8 from the field.

He scored 14 of the Heat’s 28 first quarter points and 22 of the Heat’s first 50, hitting his first five three pointers. The Heat went to the half up 60-43, with Lowry making more three-pointers in the half than the entire Wizards team, which made 17 of 20.

Lowry has been an ironman during this stretch when the Heat has been short-handed, averaging 41 minutes in these past five games.

He played 39, 36, 51, 31 and 44 minutes in the previous five games and logged 35 on Wednesday.

 

Lowry averaged just 10 shots per game last season, his fewest since 2012-13.

But with Butler out the past four games, Lowry’s shot attempts have risen to 23, 10, 16 and 12 on Wednesday.

Lowry averaged 18 points, seven assists, five rebounds during the 0-4 road trip, and finished Wednesday with five rebounds, three assists and a block.

— Both teams were missing their top scorers. And the Heat was without two of its best three shooters.

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