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NBA: Jimmy Butler, Heat pull away late to top Warriors

/ 10:45 AM November 02, 2022
FILE– Jimmy Butler #22 of the Miami Heat is guarded by Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors at Chase Center on October 27, 2022 in San Francisco, California

FILE– Jimmy Butler #22 of the Miami Heat is guarded by Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors at Chase Center on October 27, 2022 in San Francisco, California. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Jimmy Butler put up 23 points, eight assists and six rebounds, leading the host Miami Heat to a 116-109 win over the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night.

Golden State’s Stephen Curry produced his 10th career triple-double with 23 points, 13 assists and 13 rebounds. Still, it was Golden State’s third straight loss.

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The Warriors fell to 0-4 on the road in part because they couldn’t stop Butler in a couple of crucial situations. Butler made the go-ahead three-point play with 1:48 left, drawing a foul on Andrew Wiggins for a 112-109 lead. Butler also made a mid-range jumper with 9.5 seconds left, giving Miami a 114-109 lead.

Heat guard Tyler Herro, who entered the game averaging 19.9 points, was accidentally poked in his left eye by Golden State’s Moses Moody with 6:01 left in the second quarter. Herro suffered a contusion and did not return, finishing with just two points in 10 minutes.

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Miami was also led by reserve guard Max Strus, who scored a game-high 24 points as the Heat snapped a two-game losing streak.

The Heat also got 19 points from Bam Adebayo, 17 points from Duncan Robinson and 13 points and nine assists from Kyle Lowry.

Miami improved to 2-3 at home. The Heat also snapped a three-game head-to-head losing streak against the Warriors.

Golden State also got 21 points from Wiggins and 19 points from Klay Thompson, who was rested in the Warriors’ previous game on Sunday.

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Miami closed the first quarter on a 20-3 run, taking a 33-24 lead into the second. Curry had eight points on perfect shooting — 3-for-3 on field goals, including both his 3-pointers.

Golden State regained the lead, 45-44, on a Poole layup with 4:23 left in the second. But Miami rallied back to take a 58-56 lead into halftime.

The Warriors outscored Miami, 38-28, in the third, entering the fourth with a 94-86 advantage. Thompson made a third-quarter-high 11 points, making 4-of-7 shots, including 2-of-4 on 3-pointers.

In the final quarter, however, Miami scored the final seven points to ice the game.

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