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Butler returns to lead Heat to 113-101 victory over Warriors

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Several players chipped in for their first win of this current road trip.

Miami Heat v Golden State Warriors Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images

Jimmy Butler returned to the starting lineup to lead the Miami Heat past the Golden State Warriors 113-101 on the road in a much-needed win Monday night.

Miami appeared on the cusp of an easy blowout win with a lead that had ballooned to 24 points but a disastrous third quarter saw the NBA’s worst team outscore the Heat 32-21 and at one point they cut the lead to 73-69 before order was restored. The Heat’s bench, highlighted once again by newcomer Jae Crowder with 21 points and eight rebounds, outscored the Warriors 50-33 and a solid 36 assists with 49% FG shooting combined with a 50-30 edge in the paint wore down the hapless Warriors over the course of the night.

Kelly Olynyk and Bam Adebayo combined for 25 points (10-17 FGs), 17 rebounds and 18 assists in an impressive outing for the two big men. Olynyk enjoyed a career-high 11 assists in a game that the entire team showed much more cohesiveness then they had so far on their road trip. A lot of that had to do with the quality of the opponent but it was encouraging to see nonetheless.

Even more encouraging was Butler’s performance coming back from a mild shoulder injury leading the way with 21 points, five assists, nine rebounds and four steals.

The Warriors began the night with a touching video tribute for former player Andre Igoudala in a classy move. He notched two points, five rebounds, three assists, two rebounds and was a +25 in 17 minutes off the bench.

Miami closes out their trip against the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday at 9pm before the All-Star break.