NBA: Jimmy Butler leads Heat to narrow win over Cavs

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Jimmy Butler #22 of the Miami Heat performs a first-half serve against the Golden State Warriors at the FTX Arena on November 1, 2022 in Miami, Florida. Eric Espada/Getty Images/AFP

Jimmy Butler scored a game-high 23 to overtake four scorers by double as the Miami Heat visitors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 100-97 on Tuesday night.

Caleb Martin, Bam Adebayo and Tyler Herro each added 18 points for Miami, the score is now 1-1 in a 4-game journey. Adebayo won 11 rebounds and Martin scored 10 for the Heat, which won for the fourth time in five games.

Donovan Mitchell’s lackluster 3-pointer dropped as time ran out for Miami to come out on top.

Evan Mobley led Cleveland with 19 points while Jarrett Allen had 14 points and 11 rebounds. Mitchell and Darius Garland each scored 16 points for the Cavaliers, who have not won head-to-head games since January 2-4, when they beat the Chicago Bulls and Phoenix Suns.

Cleveland only had two spins in the first half before having six in the third quarter. Miami capitalized on the mistakes and picked up six points from both Herro and Kyle Lowry this time around, while continuing their 11-2 lead at 77-68.

Adebayo missed a pair of free throws with four seconds left in the third round, allowing Mitchell to convert three pointers to the whistle. The Cavaliers closed the goal with a score of 11-2 to draw 79-79 entering the fourth half.

Miami’s offensive struggles continued into the final stretch, when it scored just two points over the first five minutes.

Cleveland took an 85-81 lead before Herro converted a four-point play to equalize the game. Herro’s four-point game triggered an 11-2 run capped by Gabe Vincent’s trio with 4:41 remaining in the fourth inning.

Mitchell made one of two free throws to give Cleveland the final lead, 93-92, with 2:58 left. But Adebayo transformed into a seven-foot long jumper 20 seconds later to give the Heat a nice lead.

Garland hit a three-pointer from a pass to the right to give Miami a 99-97 lead with 8.7 seconds remaining. Butler made one of the two free throws, giving Cleveland a chance to equalize.


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