Butler breaks LeBron's Heat record for triple-doubles to power Miami past Lakers

2022-01-24 06:15
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Jimmy Butler recorded 20 points, 10 rebounds, and 12 assists, leading the host Miami Heat (30-17) to a 113-107 (39-25, 30-27, 20-18, 24-37) win over the struggling Los Angeles Lakers (23-24) on Sunday night.

The Lakers, who trailed by 26 points in the second quarter, cut their deficit to 111-107 with 1:07 left. But Talen Horton-Tucker's poor in-bounds pass with seven seconds left led to a Caleb Martin steal and layup, ending the Lakers' final chance.

Duncan Robinson led Miami with 25 points (6 of 11 on 3-pointers) as the Heat improved to 16-5 at home, the best home record in the Eastern Conference.

Player of the Game
Jimmy  Butler
Jimmy Butler
Points 20
Accuracy 7-18
Rebounds 10
Assists 12

For Butler, it was his 10th career triple-double with the Heat, breaking the franchise record previously held by LeBron James, who led Miami to NBA titles in 2012 and 2013.

Now with the Lakers, James scored a game-high 33 points, grabbed 11 rebounds, and dished four assists Sunday. He has scored at least 26 points in 17 straight games.

Still, James made just 1 of 8 3-pointers, and he couldn't keep his Lakers from falling under .500 (23-24).

Russell Westbrook added 24 points, nine rebounds, and nine assists, but he went 0 for 3 on 3-pointers.

Trevor Ariza, who started for the Lakers at forward, was held scoreless on 0-for-5 shooting and charged with a team-high four turnovers.

For the game, the Lakers shot 11 for 40 on 3-pointers (27.5 percent). The Heat made 15 of 33 from distance (45.5 percent).

Miami led by as many as 18 points early, 32-14. The Lakers then went on an 8-0 run.

However, Miami closed the first quarter with a Max Strus buzzer-beating 3-pointer over James, giving the Heat a 39-25 lead. The Heat shot 66.7 percent in that first quarter, accumulating a 14-4 edge on assists and turning the ball over just once.

Los Angeles closed the first half on a 12-3 run and went into the break trailing 69-52.

After three quarters, Miami led 89-70, and the Heat held on in the fourth.

Heat: Duncan Robinson 25 (6/11 3PT, 5 REB), Jimmy Butler 20 (6/14 2PT, 5/5 FT, 10 REB, 12 AST), Caleb Martin 15 (3/7 2PT, 2/2 3PT), Bam Adebayo 14 (6/10 2PT, 8 REB, 5 AST, 5 TO), Gabe Vincent 11 (1/5 3PT, 6 AST).

Lakers: LeBron James 33 (11/14 2PT, 1/8 3PT, 8/11 FT, 11 REB, 4 AST), Russell Westbrook 24 (9/12 2PT, 6/8 FT, 9 REB, 9 AST), Avery Bradley 15 (4/9 3PT), Carmelo Anthony 11 (2/5 3PT).

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