Jimmy Butler scored 22 points, Kyle Lowry added 19 points and made 10 assists to defeat the Miami Heat hosts Chicago Bulls 127-109 on Saturday night.
Zach Lavigne led the Bulls (45-33) with 33 points in an 11-for-21 game, including 5 for 12 on 3 throws. The Bulls, who broke his winning streak in two games, earned 26 points from DeMar DeRozan, who had 50 in his previous game.
Miami (50-28), who leads the Eastern Group and swept all four games from Chicago this season, has 19 points off the bench from Tyler Hero. Butler put in a good game with seven rebounds and six assists while the Heat improved to 23-15 on the road.
Bam Adebayo scored 16 points in a 7-for-9 shot, and added seven rebounds and three assists.
Chicago’s excellent home record fell to 27-11.
The Heat hit the ball well all night, hitting 53.7% from the ground, including 17-for-34 on 3 throws.
Chicago fired 43.0% from the floor, including a 9-for-34 on 3 throws (26.5%).
Miami got off to a 27-25 start shooting an impressive 80%.
They calmed down a bit but were still up 31-30 at the end of the first quarter, shooting 63.6 percent compared to 42.9 percent for Chicago. The Bulls remained in the match due to their lack of spin and 11 points from LaVine.
The Heat extended the difference in the first half to 66-57. In the first half, Miami fired 57.5% from the ground, including 6 for 12 three-pointers, and 14 of 15 free throws (93.3%). Chicago’s shot is 42.9%, although the bulls had 18 points in the first half of LaVine.
Miami extended its advantage to 98-79 by the end of the third quarter. The Heat’s shot through three quarters remained hot — 58.1% from the ground and 12-for-22 on three-pointers (54.5).
In the fourth quarter, Chicago advanced 7-0, cutting its deficit to 111-97. But the Herro 3 index ended Chicago’s momentum, and Miami took off from there. – Reuters