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Jimmy Butler, Heat hold off Warriors

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Jimmy Butler, Heat hold off Warriors

NARROW WIN. Jimmy Butler and the Heat deal the Warriors their fifth loss in the past 6 games.

Photo by Mary Holt/USA TODAY Sports/Reuters

The Heat pick up their third straight win after surviving a 36-point outburst from Warriors star Stephen Curry

Jimmy Butler scored 22 points and helped the Miami Heat pull away for a 116-109 home victory against the Golden State Warriors on Thursday, April 1 (Friday, April 2, Manila time).

Butler, who scored 12 of his points in the 3rd quarter, finished with 8 assists and 6 rebounds. His efforts sparked the Heat to their third consecutive win.

The Warriors lost for the fifth time in their past 6 games despite getting 36 points and 11 rebounds from Stephen Curry. The star guard scored the Warriors’ final 9 points and cut their fourth-quarter deficit from 13 to 7 with back-to-back three-pointers in the final two minutes.

The Heat stemmed the tide when Victor Oladipo, making his team debut, drove into the paint and hit Tyler Herro with a no-look pass that he turned into a bucket, pushing their lead back to 9 with 52.3 seconds left.

Curry sank 3 free throws to get Golden State within 115-109, but after Heat star Bam Adebayo missed a shot, Curry airballed a three-point attempt with 12.2 seconds left.

Butler subsequently hit one of two free throws to help put the game away.

Curry shot 9-for-19 from the field, including 5-for-11 from three-point range in his second game since returning from a bruised tailbone.

The Heat took advantage of 20 turnovers by the Warriors, which they turned into 27 points.

A Butler dunk with 5:48 left in the 3rd quarter put Miami ahead for good.

Duncan Robinson scored 21 points for Miami and Herro had 20 points. Adebayo finished with 19 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists, while Trevor Ariza and Andre Iguodala scored 10 points apiece. Iguodala scored all of his points in the final frame.

Oladipo started with Goran Dragic resting as part of his recovery from a lower back injury. Oladipo scored 6 points and finished with 5 assists, although he shot 2-for-8 in his 23-minute outing.

Nemanja Bjelica scored his first points in a Heat uniform in his third game since being traded from Sacramento and wound up with 8.

Andrew Wiggins posted 23 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 assists for Golden State but was held to 5 points in the second half. Draymond Green also contributed 16 points, 10 rebounds, and 8 assists. – Rappler.com