Butler scores season-high 37, Heat beat Rockets 120-110

HOUSTON (AP) Jimmy Butler scored a season-high 37 points and the short-handed Miami Heat developed a huge lead early and hung on for a 120-110 win over the Houston Firecrackers on Friday night.

The Heat extended their winning streak to 5 video games in their go back to action after Wednesday’s video game at San Antonio was delayed due to the fact that Miami didn’t have adequate gamers. They signed Mario Chalmers and Chris Silva to 10-day agreements on Friday as supports with 7 gamers still out due to the fact that of COVID procedures.

Miami got an increase with the return of Kyle Lowry, who had 12 points after missing out on 2 video games due to health and wellness procedures. Kyle Person included 17 points off the bench for the Heat, and Tyler Herro had 16.

Jae’Sean Tate scored 22 points off the bench to lead the Firecrackers, who lost their 6th successive video game. He returned Friday after missing out on 2 video games due to health and wellness procedures

The Heat led by as numerous as 25 points in the very first half after a 41-point opening quarter. However the Firecrackers tried the lead, and Tate scored 5 straight indicate get them within 107-102 with less than 5 minutes left.

Miami made four free throws after that, starting a 7-0 run that was capped by a 3 from Lowry and pushed the lead to 114-102 with three minutes remaining.

Houston opened the fourth quarter with an 8-1 spurt to cut the lead to 101-95 with about eight minutes to go. But Butler entered the game after starting the fourth quarter on the bench and his three-point play soon after ended the run.

Josh Christopher made a layup for Houston before another three-point play by Butler made it 107-97 midway through the quarter.

The Heat used a 6-0 run to extend the lead to 18 with about five minutes left in the third quarter. Houston scored the next seven points, with four from Christian Wood, to get within 90-79 about a minute later.

But Miami scored five quick points after that, with a 3 from Haywood Highsmith, to pad the lead.

Miami was up by 18 again late in the third before the Firecrackers scored the last 5 points of the quarter to cut the result in 100-87 entering the 4th.

TIP-INS

Heat: P.J. Tucker, Zylan Cheatham, Marcus Garrett, Udonis Haslem, Duncan Robinson, Max Strus and Gabe Vincent all sat out due to health and safety protocols. Robinson’s absence Friday night ended his franchise-record streak of 182 consecutive games played, dating to April 2019. … Omer Yurtseven had 10 points and 13 rebounds.

Rockets: Jalen Green had 16 points and Wood had 18. … D.J. Augustin, DeJon Jarreau and Garrison Mathews missed the video game because of health and safety protocols. … Alperen Sengun injured his right ankle in the first half and didn’t return.

UP NEXT

Heat: Visit Sacramento on Sunday night.

Firecrackers: Host Nuggets on Saturday night.

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.