MIAMI, FL — Duncan Robinson ties an NBA Christmas Day record for most 3-pointers by a player with seven and the Miami Heat bounced back with a 111-98 win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday.
Miami’s Robinson Ties 3-Point Christmas Record – Game Box Score
Robinson equaled the seven made 3-pointers by Brandon Ingram last season in New Orleans 112-100 win over Denver.
On Friday, Robinson connected on 7 for 13 attempts from 3-pointers and shot 8 of 14 overall from the field to finish with 23 points and five rebounds for the Heat, who played the entire second half without All-Star forward Jimmy Butler.
Goran Dragic scored 18 points on 6 of 11 shooting from the bench with nine assists and four steals, while Bam Adebayo had 17 four rebounds and two steals as Miami coach Erik Spoelstra stayed perfect on Christmas Day with an 8-0 record.
Avery Bradley finished with 12 points, with Precious Achiuwa and Tyler Herro each scored 11 in the win.
After a slow start to the game, Zion Williamson finished with 32 points and 14 rebounds to pace New Orleans. He went 11 of 20 from the field and made 10 of his 15 attempts from the free-throw line.
Brandon Ingram added 28 points and made four 3-pointers and Josh Hart supported with 12 points and nine rebounds for New Orleans, which was outscored 48-30 from 3-point range by Miami, which shot 50.7% from long-range.
Butler started the game for the Heat after twisting his ankle against the Orlando Magic in the opener on Wednesday.
However, the experienced forward didn’t play in the second half after failing to shake off the right ankle stiffness.
JJ Redick finished with eight points and missed six of his seven shots for New Orleans, but set the NBA record for the most 3-pointer on Christmas when he connected from deep with 7:43 left.
After trailing 17-9 early, the Heat made nine of their 13 first-half 3-pointers to build a 23-point advantage before going into the break with a 66-53 lead.
The Pelicans battled in the second half and came within six points at 91-85 with 07:43.
However, in the end, the visitors could not overhaul the deficit and went on to fall to 1-3 on Christmas Day.
New Orleans Pelicans: Host San Antonio on Sunday.
Miami Heat: Host Milwaukee on Tuesday.