Gabe Vincent, scored a career-high 28 points in Miami Heat’s 108-102 win over the Milwaukee Bucks at the FTX Arena on Friday while D’Tigers teammate, Jordan Nwora, recorded 16 points for the Bucks in the loss.
Vincent was once again given the nod by coach Erik Spoelstra to be in the starting five with the absence of veteran Kyle Lowry. The 26-year-old scored 28 points on 10-of-17 shooting including 5 three pointers, three rebounds, six assists and two steals to lead the Heat in scoring in 41 minutes on the court.
Bam Adebayo added 24 points, 12 rebounds and one assist while Jimmy Butler contributed 17 points, 11 rebounds and two assists. Victor Oladipo also posted 14 points, eight rebounds and eight assists in the win.
Reacting to the win and his performance, Vincent said he feels good to finally turn the curve after weeks of shooting troubles, “I’ve had some shooting struggles so far this season and anytime the ball is going in, it is much more enjoyable and when you get it with a win, it is always fun. My guys were encouraging me like they have all season. It was great celebrating my success with them,” Vincent told reporters after the game.
“Looking around the court, they (Bucks) were missing guys just as we were missing guys, and they had just a few lockdown defenders and I think I was the one that had a favourable matchup a few of the times as I got rolling.”
Vincent and Oladipo combined for 42 points in the win and D’Tigers guard says he’s happy to play alongside and learn from the two-time All-Star guard.
“He’s (Oladipo) a dynamic player. It’s been great to see him back on the court first of all, he missed a couple of seasons and it’s great to see him catch a couple of rhythm and get going like he has these past few games. It’s been fun to play alongside him, our relationship has obviously grown and we’re going to continue to build that connection and make an impact in that second unit or whatever or whatever unit we may be in.”
For the Bucks, Nwora was in action for 27 minutes. He scored 16 points (4-of-8 shooting from three points), five rebounds and one assist. Nwora is averaging 6.3 points per game this season and shooting 38.8 per cent from the three point line.