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Heat win wild one in New Orleans, with Jimmy Butler ejected, Tyler Herro hurt

Ira Winderman, South Florida Sun Sentinel on

Published in Basketball

The Miami Heat were up big. Then not up at all.

Jimmy Butler was back. And then gone.

And the twists and turns kept coming Friday night against the New Orleans Pelicans at Smoothie King Center.

Through it all, including a fourth-quarter melee that left four players ejected, the Heat made it seven wins in their last nine games, returning from their eight-day All-Star break with a 106-95 decision.

Despite blowing several sizable leads and despite losing Butler as a result of a melee with 11:19 to play, the Heat settled themselves at closing time to offset the Pelicans inside game, including a 23-point, nine-rebound power play from New Orleans’ Zion Williamson.

Butler helped set the tone early, as the Heat pushed to a 19-point lead, closing with 23 points, before ending the game in the locker room.

 

Center Bam Adebayo then took over from there for the Heat, including at closing time, finishing with 24 points and seven rebounds.

The Heat also got 17 points from Duncan Robinson and 14 from Tyler Herro, who limped to the locker room late with an apparent knee injury.

While the Heat continued in the injury absences of Terry Rozier and Josh Richardson, the Pelicans arguably were more debilitated.

Not only was Brandon Ingram out due to illness, but guard CJ McCollum played only 15 minutes before leaving with an ankle sprain, limited to two points on 1-of-7 shooting.

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