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Dragic, Johnson help Heat beat Nets in Mexico City

MEXICO CITY (AP) The Miami Heat spent a lot of time in the last couple of days as a group of tourists in Mexico City. When they got back in the court, they were all business.

Goran Dragic and Tyler Johnson each scored 20 points and Miami beat the Brooklyn Nets 101-89 on Saturday in the Heat's first game in Mexico in franchise history.

Playing in front of 19,777 fans at raucous Arena Ciudad de Mexico - and with former Heat star Chris Bosh courtside, around the team for a game for the first time in well over a year - Dragic was 9 of 19 from the field and had seven rebounds for Miami. The Heat snapped a two-game losing streak to improve to 12-13.

''It was a terrific and easy trip coming down from San Antonio, we had a day off to go out and see the city, you don't travel all this way to watch TV in your room, I'm going to need to get on a diet after this trip,'' said Miami coach Erik Spoelstra, who said he visited as many cafes as possible. ''It was fun but then we got back to work and we prepared good for tonight's game.''

James Johnson added 17 points, Justise Winslow had 15 and Kelly Olynyk 11 for Miami. The Heat rallied from two seven-point deficits, using a stingy defense that allowed only 36 points in the second half.

''It was a great game for us, especially on the defensive end,'' Dragic said. ''Tyler played great and the second unit gave us the extra boost that we needed, we have a deep bench and everybody can play.''

Miami arrived Wednesday night after a loss in San Antonio. The players had a video session the day after and Spoelstra left them visit the city the rest of the day.

Most of the players and coaches went shopping and sightseeing in Polanco, an upscale neighborhood in the capital.

''The fans are terrific, it's a great environment,'' Spoelstra said. ''I was pleasantly surprised walking around and seeing NBA games on the T.V. everywhere we went, and the fans recognized us, it felt like we were in Miami''.

By arriving two days ahead of the game, the Heat had a chance to know the city but it came with a price because they struggled early in the game with the altitude. Mexico City's 7,350 feet above sea level is at a far higher elevation than Denver - the NBA's highest venue at 5,280 feet.

Professional teams try different approaches to avoid the effects of the altitude on the body and usually, arriving as close to a game as possible is regarded as the way to go.

''It was tough, it feels like we played two games, but `Spo' (Spoelstra) did a great job rotating so we could stay fresh,'' Dragic said.

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson led the Nets with 18 points. Coming off a 100-95 victory over Oklahoma City on Thursday night in the Mexico City opener, the Nets dropped to 10-15.

In the third quarter, the Nets took a seven-point lead on Tyler Zeller's layup, but Dragic sealed a 10-2 run to give Miami a 60-59 lead and the Heat took a 75-72 advantage into the final period.

BOSH COURTSIDE

Bosh was warmly welcomed by his former club. Bosh and his wife Adrienne got long hugs from Spoelstra, and Bosh interacted with players throughout the night. Bosh's career with the Heat was cut short by recurring bouts with blood clots. ''He looks good,'' Spoelstra said, according to The Palm Beach Post. ''His family, his kids are doing well. I love CB. He's Heat family for life.'' Bosh even did one of his trademark videobombs during the televised postgame interview with Winslow, drawing laughs.

REGULAR VISITORS

The game between the Heat and the Nets was the fourth in Mexico this year. It marks the first time the NBA has hosted four international regular-season games in the same country in one calendar year (outside Canada). In January, the Phoenix Suns played the Dallas Mavericks and the San Antonio Spurs. Also, the game was the 26th south of the border since 1992, also a record for any nation besides the U.S. and Canada.

INCHING ON RILEY

Spoelstra (452-295) is two wins short from tying Pat Riley (454-395) for the most wins in Heat history. Spoelstra is the only second active coach in the NBA to record at least 450 wins with their current team. The other one is Gregg Popovich.

FEELING THE HEAT

The Nets suffered their sixth straight loss to the Heat. Brooklyn has not beaten Miami since Dec. 28, 2015.

UP NEXT

Heat: At Memphis on Monday night.

Nets: Host Indiana on Tuesday night.

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Key Players
G. Dragic
7 PG
D. Carroll
9 SF
29.7 Min. Per Game 29.7
13.6 Pts. Per Game 13.6
1.8 Ast. Per Game 1.8
7.1 Reb. Per Game 7.1
45.3 Field Goal % 40.7
45.1 Three Point % 41.0
78.0 Free Throw % 72.5
  24-second shot clock violation turnover 0:01
  Defensive rebound by Kelly Olynyk 0:25
  Rondae Hollis-Jefferson missed layup 0:26
+ 2 Kelly Olynyk made jump shot, assist by Goran Dragic 0:34
+ 1 Rondae Hollis-Jefferson made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:52
+ 1 Rondae Hollis-Jefferson made 1st of 2 free throws 0:52
  Shooting foul on James Johnson 0:52
+ 1 James Johnson made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:56
  James Johnson missed 1st of 2 free throws 0:56
  Team rebound 0:56
  Personal foul on Rondae Hollis-Jefferson 0:56
Team Stats
Points 101 89
Field Goals 42-90 (46.7%) 33-81 (40.7%)
3-Pointers 8-27 (29.6%) 7-27 (25.9%)
Free Throws 9-14 (64.3%) 16-19 (84.2%)
Total Rebounds 55 49
Offensive 8 8
Defensive 36 35
Team 11 6
Assists 15 16
Steals 6 3
Blocks 8 3
Turnovers 5 12
Fouls 17 17
Technicals 1 1
20 PTS, 7 REB, 3 AST
15 PTS, 3 REB, 9 AST
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away team logo Heat 12-13 24262526101
home team logo Nets 10-15 2627191789
Team Stats
away team logo Heat 12-13 103.4 PPG 41 RPG 23.8 APG
home team logo Nets 10-15 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
G. Dragic PG 17.3 PPG 4.1 RPG 4.8 APG 45.0 FG%
R. Hollis-Jefferson SF 13.9 PPG 6.8 RPG 2.5 APG 47.2 FG%
Top Scorers
G. Dragic PG 20 PTS 7 REB 3 AST
R. Hollis-Jefferson SF 18 PTS 8 REB 0 AST
46.7 FG% 40.7
29.6 3PT FG% 25.9
64.3 FT% 84.2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
G. Dragic 28 20 7 3 2 0 1 2 9/19 1/3 1/3 0 7 34 +16
J. Johnson 31 17 7 3 1 2 0 2 7/13 0/1 3/4 1 6 33 +7
K. Olynyk 28 11 5 3 1 1 3 3 5/12 0/5 1/2 2 3 21 -8
J. Richardson 32 5 6 1 0 1 0 4 2/7 0/0 1/1 1 5 14 +8
D. Waiters 24 2 1 1 0 0 0 1 1/10 0/4 0/0 0 1 5 -12
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
G. Dragic 28 20 7 3 2 0 1 2 9/19 1/3 1/3 0 7 34 +16
J. Johnson 31 17 7 3 1 2 0 2 7/13 0/1 3/4 1 6 33 +7
K. Olynyk 28 11 5 3 1 1 3 3 5/12 0/5 1/2 2 3 21 -8
J. Richardson 32 5 6 1 0 1 0 4 2/7 0/0 1/1 1 5 14 +8
D. Waiters 24 2 1 1 0 0 0 1 1/10 0/4 0/0 0 1 5 -12
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Johnson 27 20 4 1 0 1 0 1 8/11 2/4 2/2 0 4 27 +2
J. Winslow 25 15 6 1 0 2 1 0 5/6 4/4 1/2 1 5 24 +11
W. Ellington 22 9 3 0 2 0 0 1 4/9 1/6 0/0 1 2 14 +16
B. Adebayo 19 2 5 2 0 1 0 3 1/3 0/0 0/0 2 3 12 +20
H. Whiteside - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Hammons - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. McGruder - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Mickey - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
O. White - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Walton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
U. Haslem - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 101 44 15 6 8 5 17 42/90 8/27 9/14 8 36 184 +60
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
R. Hollis-Jefferson 34 18 8 0 0 2 0 3 6/10 1/1 5/5 1 7 28 +7
S. Dinwiddie 32 15 3 9 1 0 4 3 5/15 3/9 2/2 1 2 33 -7
T. Zeller 21 12 7 0 0 0 2 1 6/9 0/0 0/0 2 5 17 0
A. Crabbe 32 12 3 1 0 0 0 0 5/13 2/8 0/0 1 2 17 -6
D. Carroll 25 5 7 0 0 0 1 2 2/10 0/3 1/3 1 6 11 -15
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
R. Hollis-Jefferson 34 18 8 0 0 2 0 3 6/10 1/1 5/5 1 7 28 +7
S. Dinwiddie 32 15 3 9 1 0 4 3 5/15 3/9 2/2 1 2 33 -7
T. Zeller 21 12 7 0 0 0 2 1 6/9 0/0 0/0 2 5 17 0
A. Crabbe 32 12 3 1 0 0 0 0 5/13 2/8 0/0 1 2 17 -6
D. Carroll 25 5 7 0 0 0 1 2 2/10 0/3 1/3 1 6 11 -15
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
I. Whitehead 16 13 5 1 0 0 1 1 4/7 1/1 4/5 1 4 19 +7
C. LeVert 31 12 0 5 2 0 3 1 4/9 0/1 4/4 0 0 21 -18
J. Allen 22 2 7 0 0 1 0 3 1/3 0/0 0/0 1 6 10 -17
T. Mozgov 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 1 -1
Q. Acy 16 0 2 0 0 0 1 2 0/5 0/4 0/0 0 2 1 -10
J. Wiley 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 0
J. Lin - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Harris - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Stauskas - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Okafor - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Russell - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Y. Ouattara - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 89 43 16 3 3 12 17 33/81 7/27 16/19 8 35 158 -60