On March 10, the Suns beat the Heat 111-90 away, ushering in a two-game winning streak. After this campaign, the Suns recorded a record of 53 wins and 13 losses, becoming the first team to lock a playoff spot this season. Booker 23 points, 8 rebounds, 9 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks, Bridges 21 points and 9 rebounds, Ayton 19 points and 10 rebounds, Payne 11 points and 10 assists, McGee contributed 11 points and 15 rebounds off the bench; The winning streak ended, Duncan Robinson 22 points, Adebayo 17 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists, Herro contributed 17 points off the bench, and Butler was absent due to illness.
After the opening, the Heat mainly attacked the outside line, with three three-pointers from Deng Luo and Lowry to get a 9-2 opening lead. Although the Suns got off to a bad start, Ayton opened the Heat’s defense by hitting the inside line and scoring 5 points in a row. In the tug-of-war, the Heat had the upper hand all the way. The consecutive scores of Tucker and Adebayo once gave the Heat a double-digit lead. However, under such an efficient offense, they only scored 2 points in 6 minutes in the second half, and the Suns began to take over the game in the second half of the rotation, led by Bridges and Ayton, the Suns responded A wave of 15-2 offensive overtake 2 points to end the first quarter.
In the second quarter of the game, the two teams played a close matchup. Shamet and Hiro scored points against Biao. Later, although the Heat could not score points, Dedmon and Martin teamed up to send 4 blocks to defend the position. The stalemate offensive also led to a stalemate. Oladipo and Hiro, who returned from injury, teamed up to score 9 points for the Heat to gain a slight advantage. Although the Suns were slightly behind, they were led by Ayton and Booker. Efforts were also realized at the last moment. Bridges and Shamet both scored three-pointers, and the Suns sent an 11-3 offensive to overtake the score. After halftime, the Suns led the Heat 57-55.
After changing sides and fighting again, the Heat still couldn’t find a solution, and the Suns continued their onslaught. Payne’s hands scored three-pointers in a row at the start. Booker and Ayton still scored points near the paint area. The Suns opened with a 12- 3’s offensive established an 11-point lead. In the key battle, the Heat were defeated. Adebayor’s dunk and Vincent’s three-pointer briefly stopped the bleeding during the quarter, but the Suns turned back to another wave of 11-4. The Suns firmly controlled 15 with high-intensity attacks. lead by about points. The Heat failed to create any threat this entire quarter, and Booker hit another three-pointer on the Suns side. At the end of the three quarters, the Suns held a 17-point lead.
Although Adebayor’s basket was the first to score at the beginning of the final quarter, this was their only goal in the opening 4 minutes. During the Suns, they relied on Shamet’s three-pointer and McGee’s basket to widen the difference to 20. point. Then the Suns deliberately slowed down the rhythm, but the Heat wanted to push the fast break but made mistakes one after another. In turn, the Suns seized the opportunity continuously and had Bridges and Booker taking points to further increase the lead. The huge point difference also made the game lose its suspense early. The Heat then called a timeout and removed all the main force. In the end, the Suns beat the Heat on the road to win the battle for the leaders of the East and West.