NBA Roundup: Butler has season-high 37 points to help Heat beat Jazz

Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) looks to pass as Utah Jazz forward John Collins (20) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, March 2, 2024, in Miami. (Lynne Sladky/AP)

MIAMI (AP) — Jimmy Butler scored 18 of his season-high 37 points in the third quarter, Bam Adebayo finished with 23 and the Miami Heat held off the Utah Jazz 126-120 on Saturday night for their 10th victory in 13 games.

Caleb Martin had 18 points and Terry Rozier added 14 for Miami. Duncan Robinson and Jaime Jaquez Jr. each had 12.

Keyonte George scored 31 points and Lauri Markkanen had 25 for Utah. Collin Sexton and John Collins each scored 18 points, and Taylor Hendricks finished with 13 rebounds for the Jazz.

Butler had 36 points on two occasions earlier this season. He was 3 for 3 on 3-pointers and had a steal, extending his streak of having at least one 3-pointer and one steal to 13 consecutive games — the fourth-longest streak in the NBA this season and tying Tim Hardaway for the second-longest such streak in Heat history. Rafer Alston had a 15-game run for Miami in March 2004.

It also was ethe seventh consecutive time the Heat beat Utah in Miami — all of those wins coming by single digits.


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LOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James reached 40,000 points, but Nikola Jokic had 35 points and 10 rebounds as Denver made a late push to beat Los Angeles.

Aaron Gordon hit a 3-pointer with 3:49 remaining to put Denver back in front, and the Nuggets closed on a 16-6 run for their sixth straight win. Michael Porter Jr. made all five of his 3s to finish with 25 points, Jamal Murray had 24 points and 11 assists, and Gordon ended up with 18 points.

James had 26 points and nine assists while checking off his latest milestone, but the Lakers couldn’t get their third straight victory. Rui Hachimura had 23 points, and Anthony Davis added 17 points and 11 rebounds.

James spun around Porter and drove the lane to hit a layup with 10:39 left in the second quarter to reach 40,000.

James received a standing ovation at the next timeout, while coach Darvin Ham gave him a congratulatory pat on the chest as he came to the sideline. There was an in-arena video presentation, which was preceded and followed by James raising the ball over his head to the delight of fans, many of whom were wearing his Lakers, Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat or St. Vincent–St. Mary High School jersey.

NETS 114, HAWKS 102

NEW YORK (AP) — Mikal Bridges scored 38 points and Brooklyn rolled past Atlanta for the second straight game.

Cam Johnson chipped in 23 points for the Nets, who improved to 3-3 under interim coach Kevin Ollie and pulled within two games of the Hawks for 10th place in the Eastern Conference and the final spot in the play-in tournament.

Dennis Schroder had 14 points and eight assists, and Nic Claxton had 12 points and 13 rebounds for Brooklyn, which won for the third time in its past four games. That included a 124-97 victory over the Hawks on Thursday night.

Dejounte Murray had 20 points, 11 assists and six rebounds for the Hawks. Saddiq Bey scored 23 points and Clint Capela had 11 points and 10 rebounds, but Atlanta fell for the fifth time in its past seven games and lost the season series to the Nets.


MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Anfernee Simons scored 20 of his 30 points in the second half and overtime and Portland beat Memphis after overcoming a 13-point deficit in the fourth quarter.

Toumani Camara added 15 points to help Portland sweep the two-game set after taking the opener 122-92 on Friday night. Ashton Hagans finished with 13 points, and Dalano Banton scored eight his 10 points in overtime.

Santi Aldama and Vince Williams Jr. each had 21 points for Memphis.

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