Nets 2021 first-round pick Cam Thomas added 27 points, but Brooklyn couldn’t stop the Wizards, who shot 50.6 percent from the floor. Herro, who is averaging 20.1 points, is one of the best bench scorers in the NBA. But the Heat have plenty of firepower, including standouts Jimmy Butler, versatile center Bam Adebayo and point guard/team quarterback Kyle Lowry.
Miami beat Brooklyn in their only meeting so far, defeating the host Nets 106-93 on Oct. 27.
The Nets were without Irving in that game, but Durant had 25 points and Harden added 14.
Durant is now out with a sprained left knee, and it’s nearly impossible to replace what he produces on average: 29.3 points, 7.4 rebounds and 5.8 assists.
Irving has played just 13 games this season – road games only due to his refusal to get a vaccine for COVID – and he is averaging 23.8 points and 5.4 assists.