By Surya Fernandez
The Miami Heat were missing several key players Thursday night and they were hardly missed in a blowout 140-128 victory against the visiting New Orleans Pelicans for their second straight preseason win.
The Heat improved to 2-3 for the preseason and scored the most points in a preseason game in franchise history despite missing almost half the team.
In their second game back from injury, Josh Richardson (who scored 16 points in the first quarter) and Bam Adebayo (15 points scored in the third quarter) played spectacularly on both ends in a game they held a comfortable lead throughout with little resistance from the Pelicans. Derrick Jones Jr. returned to action after suffering a shoulder injury earlier in the preseason to also impress mightily with 18 points. The athleticism on display between the three young players made this meaningless game highly enjoyable to watch with several highlight plays from each of them.
Adebayo dazzled with an assortment of hustle plays primarily on the defensive end but he showed plenty of offensive flair with 26 points, 12 rebounds and five steals in 26 minutes of action....