NBA: Heat coast past Pacers as Butler returns

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Posted at Jan 09 2020 11:00 AM

Jimmy Butler #22 of the Miami Heat passes the ball against the Indiana Pacers on January 8, 2020 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. Ron Hoskins, NBAE via Getty Images/AFP

Jimmy Butler, who missed the previous game due to a back injury, had 14 points, seven assists and six rebounds, leading the Miami Heat to a 122-108 win over the host Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night in Indianapolis.

Miami, which never trailed past the first quarter, had six other players with double-figure points: Tyler Herro (19), Derrick Jones Jr. (18), Bam Adebayo (18), Duncan Robinson (17), Goran Dragic (15) and Kendrick Nunn (15). Adebayo also had a team-high nine rebounds.

Indiana, which fell to 15-5 at home, was led by power forward Domantas Sabonis, who had game highs in points (27) and rebounds (14). He also had six assists.

The Pacers had four other double-figure scorers: Aaron Holiday (14), Justin Holiday (14), Jeremy Lamb (13) and Edmond Sumner (13).

Pacers wing T.J. Warren, who had 36 points on Monday against the Charlotte Hornets, was held to three points on 1-for-5 shooting in 23 minutes.

The Heat's Justise Winslow returned after missing 15 consecutive games due to a back injury. Winslow, who hadn't played since Dec. 4, played 16 minutes off the bench but did not score. He had two rebounds and one assist.

Indiana played its fourth straight game without starting point guard Malcolm Brogdon (back injury).

Miami, which shot 58.3 percent in the first quarter, grabbed a 31-23 lead after those 12 minutes.

Butler shot 4-for-4 and had eight points, and Miami made nine of its final 12 shots to take control after there were four ties earlier in the first quarter.

Miami led the entire second quarter, taking a 62-49 lead into halftime. For that first half, the Heat shot 57.1 percent, including 8 of 18 on 3-pointers (44.4 percent). Indiana shot 46.3 percent, including just 3 of 10 on 3-pointers.

The Heat scored 38 points in an explosive third quarter, taking a 100-72 lead. Miami cruised without much trouble in the fourth.

For the game, Miami shot 53.1 percent from the floor, including 16 of 38 on 3-pointers (42.1 percent). Indiana shot 47.6 percent, including 9 of 27 on 3-pointers (33.3 percent).

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