Butler Scores 36, Heat Pull Away To Top Magic 107-90

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MIAMI (AP) — Jimmy Butler kept getting to the rim, and predictably, scoring abruptly became beauteous easy.

Butler scored 36 points connected 15-for-21 shooting, Bam Adebayo added 16 points and 13 rebounds and the Miami Heat pulled distant successful the 4th fourth to bushed the Orlando Magic 107-90 connected Monday night.

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“Jimmy is an elite scorer. He’s besides an elite playmaker and he’s an elite defender,” Heat manager Erik Spoelstra said. “He tin bash a batch of antithetic things.”

Butler had 10 baskets from wrong of 10 feet. He was 13 for 32 successful the season’s archetypal 2 games.

“I changeable the aforesaid shots. They conscionable happened to spell successful tonight,” Butler said. “Let my defence pb to my offense.

Markieff Morris had 16 points disconnected the Miami bench, and Tyler Herro finished with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists for the Heat.

Miami was 19 for 19 from the foul line, tying the second-most makes without a miss successful squad history. The Heat were 30 for 30 against Boston connected March 24, 1993.

Franz Wagner and Jalen Suggs led Orlando with 15 points, portion Cole Anthony and R.J. Hampton each added 12 for the Magic. Mo Bamba and Robin Lopez had 11 apiece for Orlando.

“We’re a precise young team,” Hampton said. “Going up against precise experienced teams similar New York, similar Miami, similar San Antonio, that’s going to payment us.”

Butler besides had 5 steals. He had 11 tract goals — a vocation champion for the opening 2 quarters of a crippled — by halftime, the bulk of those dunks oregon layups, and the Heat led by arsenic galore arsenic 19 successful the aboriginal going earlier taking a 57-44 pb into the break.

Orlando, which rallied from a double-digit shortage to triumph successful New York connected Sunday night, tried to bash it again successful Miami. Anthony had 5 consecutive points midway done the 3rd 4th to get Orlando wrong six, and different people from Anthony chopped Miami’s pb to 86-77 aboriginal successful the fourth.

That’s erstwhile the Heat pulled distant for good.

A 12-2 tally started with a handbasket by Herro, ended with him unintentionally banking successful a 3-pointer with a large smile, and the pb was restored to 98-79 with 6:47 left.

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“I don’t privation to marque excuses,” Magic manager Jamahl Mosley said. “We each laced them up, acceptable to get retired determination and play. I deliberation we started a small spot slow, past we got our momentum … and we kept fighting.”


Magic: Orlando started past play with 3 consecutive roadworthy wins, but has won back-to-back roadworthy games lone erstwhile since. … The Magic person been trailing by treble digits for 99 of the 192 minutes that they’ve played truthful acold this season, oregon 52% of the time.

Heat: Kyle Lowry had 9 points and 8 assists. … Duncan Robinson appeared successful his 150th consecutive game, the fifth-longest streak successful Heat history. He’s 8 games shy of matching Adebayo for the fourth-best streak and 24 games distant from Glen Rice’s franchise record. … Butler became the archetypal Heat subordinate to person astatine slightest 24 points and astatine slightest 4 steals by halftime.


Butler was a combined 5 for 13 successful archetypal halves of Miami’s archetypal 2 games. He was 11 for 13 successful the archetypal fractional Monday.


The crippled was a reunion of immoderate cardinal parts of the USA Basketball Select Team that trained against the Olympic squad successful Las Vegas this summer. Spoelstra and Mosley were progressive successful coaching that team, and Herro played for the selects. “Having Tyler with the USA Select team, I recognize his level of confidence, his level of being capable to people astatine a precocious clip,” Mosley said.


Magic: Host Charlotte connected Wednesday.

Heat: Visit Brooklyn connected Wednesday.

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