Victor Oladipo scores 26 points, Heat beat Suns 104-96

Victor Oladipo scores 26 points, Heat beat Suns 104-96

PHOENIX (AP) – It wasn’t that long ago that Victor Oladipo was an All-Star guard.

On Friday night, the veteran Miami Heat guard showed that he can still be that guy.

Oladipo scored a season-high 26 points off the bench, Bam Adebayo added 21 points and 11 rebounds, and Miami beat the Phoenix Suns 104-96. The Heat finished 3-2 on an eight-day road trip.

“He’s gotten more comfortable, more confident and getting his legs under him,” Spolestra said of Oladipo. “He’s a huge X-factor for us on both ends of the floor.”

Spolestra later added: “We have not forgotten who he was. We enjoy being on this journey with him.”

The Heat and Suns entered the game with the same record, but going in opposite directions. Miami has won nine of its last 13. Phoenix fell to .500 and has lost five straight, eight of nine and 13 of 17.

The Heat led for most of the game and never trailed in the second half, though it stayed pretty close. Oladipo — who shot 7-of-10 from the field and 4-of-6 on 3-pointers — hit a 3 with 1:36 left to put the Heat up 102-92.

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