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Winderman’s view: Heat summon energy when needed most in Brooklyn

NEW YORK – Observations and other notes of interest from Monday night’s 96-95 overtime victory over the Brooklyn Nets:

– This was a night begging for energy.

– It also was a reminder of that exact energy Jaime Jaquez Jr. has delivered.

– With the energy from the Heat rookie clearly missing, as he sat out his first game of the season.

– With Jaquez back in Miami nursing a groin injury, the Heat searched everywhere and anywhere for vitality.

– Including even turning to Thomas Bryant seemingly out of desperation.

– Eventually, Tyler Herro instilled some needed bounce.

– Badly needed bounce.

– And then Caleb Martin.

– And, finally, Jimmy Butler.

– All in the nick of time.

– Otherwise, this largely was flat and unfocused.

– It happens in the NBA.

– Especially on the second night of back-to-back sets.

– The good teams find a way.

– Especially against the bad teams.

– With the Heat doing just that.

– Perhaps it was more than injuries that had Nikola Jovic in the starting lineup, because there he was again Monday night, opening alongside core starters Bam Adebayo, Butler, Herro and Kyle Lowry.

– Earlier in the season, it appeared Haywood Highsmith was trending toward that starting role with the other four.

– Heat coach Erik Spoesltra stressed pregame that there couldn’t be a move into a comfort zone just because Butler was back.

– “We’re trying to build our habits, build consistency to our identity regardless of who’s in, who’s out,” he emphasized. “We know what we’re trying to get accomplished. And guys being in and out should not affect that.”

– Spolestra added, “It’s a talent to find ways to win, and we’re making progress with that.”

– The Nets opened with Spencer Dinwiddie, Mikal Bridges, Cam Johnson, Dorian Finney-Smith and Nic Claxton.

– Highsmith played as the Heat’s first reserve, entering for Adebyo, which moved Jovic to center.

Josh Richardson and Duncan Robinson then followed together.

– With Martin making it nine deep.

– And then, with the Heat unable to find offense, Thomas Bryant even got a chance in the second period.

– That left only Cole Swider and Orlando Robinson out of the mix.

– Spoelstra went in with a specific concern about the Nets.

– “When they’re at their best,” he said, “they’re one of the better attacking teams in the league.”

– Jacque Vaughn was the latest opposing coach asked about Spoelstra’s eight-year, $120 million extension that was announced last week.

– “It’s great for coaches in this league,” Vaughn said, also noting the offseason deals signed by Gregg Popovich with the San Antonio Spurs and Monty Williams with the Detroit Pistons. “You just think of the last three contracts, when there was Monty, Pop, Spo. It’s definitely setting a precedent of coaching in this league.”

– Vaughn added, “And I think there’s a continuity standpoint of being rewarded, also. Pop and Spo have done it at the highest level with the same organization, so it speaks to continuity.”

– As for Spoelstra, Vauggn said, “He deserves it. He’s a heck of a coach. I love watching him. He’s an unbelievable human being always to me.”

– As for the Heat, Vaughn said, “It’s always tough playing these guys. It’s a mental battle, because you know it’s going to be an extremely physical game. And that starts with Butler and that starts with Adebayo.”

– The game marked the seventh consecutive year the Heat played on Martin Luther King Jr. Day and the 18th time overall.