Jimmy Butler’s Buzzer-Beater Leads Heat Over Bulls in NBA Thriller
MIAMI—Kyle Lowry called the play. Kevin Love set the screen. Jimmy Butler took the shot. Butler scored 28 points—the last of them on a step-back jumper as time expired—to give the Miami Heat a 118-116 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night. “Anybody can make that shot,” Butler said. “All in all, it’s dope to win because wins are super-hard to come by in this league.” Love added 22 points for Miami, while Jaime Jaquez Jr. had 18, Caleb Martin 17, and Lowry finished with 10 points and seven assists. DeMar DeRozan led Chicago with 27 points. The Bulls led by as many as seven in the third, before Miami finished with a big run to go up 91-80 headed into the fourth.
Miami again played without Bam Adebayo (hip) and Tyler Herro (ankle). They went through a workout a couple of hours before the game and are likely to return in the coming week, possibly as early as Monday. Craig was ruled out at halftime with an injured right heel, and the Bulls were again without Alex Caruso, who aggravated a left ankle issue when he got stepped on by teammate Nikola Vucevic in the opening minutes of Chicago’s victory at Miami on Thursday night. The teams combined for 21 3-pointers in the first half, the seventh-most in a game so far this season. Chicago made 11, Miami 10—and Love started 5 for 5. Love said of Butler, “Best closer in the game.” “Hopefully, a few days clear it up,” Donovan said about Caruso. “But we don’t anticipate him missing any major time.” The Heat had two timeouts; coach Erik Spoelstra didn’t even think about calling one. “That’s the no-brainer of no-brainers,” Spoelstra said.