After the Heat edged the Houston Rockets on Thursday, Johnson elaborated on the team’s winning identity, per Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald.
“I feel like our identity is trying to make it ugly,” Johnson said. “A lot of teams aren’t used to that. So, I feel like in the three years that we’ve been here, we’ve had to win ugly a lot. In most of our games, we’re not running away with anything. It’s a two-point game, one-point game going down the stretch. It’s always been part of our identity.”
Johnson, 26, has a great point regarding the team’s way of winning. While the Heat have destroyed a couple of teams this season, many of their wins have come in close, hard-fought games. Without a definitive star, different players are stepping up to the plate and guiding the team to victory.
During Thursday night’s triumph, Johnson was one of the Heat’s most outstanding players. The 6-foot-4 guard put up 19 points, four rebounds, and two blocks to help knock off 2018 MVP James Harden and the Rockets.
Despite injuries to numerous rotational players, the Heat are finding ways to work around barriers and win ball games. Already without guard Dion Waiters, the team learned earlier this week that they would lose All-Star point guard Goran Dragic for nearly two months. Yet, the team has responded with their longest winning streak of the season. The Heat certainly have a resurgent group.
Johnson is averaging 11.3 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game this season.