SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Once Jimmy Butler came back, Miami’s longest losing streak of the season was gone.
Butler had 21 points and 10 rebounds in his return to the lineup and the Heat won in Andre Iguodala’s first game back in the Bay Area, thumping the Golden State Warriors 113-101 on Monday night.
“We look like a totally different team when our max player is out there.” Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said of Butler. “He makes it look a little bit smoother, a little bit more settled with our offense. The ball gets to the right places. He finds a way to get to the free throw line. All these things that are necessary when you want to win on the road.”
Butler was crisp after sitting out with a right shoulder strain he suffered against the Clippers on Feb. 5. The All-Star forward scored 13 points in the first half, shot 9 of 15 overall and had five assists to help the Heat end their three-game skid.
“That’s what my team needs me to do, be that way on both ends of the floor,” Butler said. “We have a couple of new guys that are just as effective as I am. It’s really great and it’s really fun to go out there and compete with them.”
Jae Crowder added 21 points and eight rebounds. Bam Adebayo had 13 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists. Kelly Olynyk had 12 points and a career-high 11 assists.
Iguodala, a key member of the Warriors’ three championship teams from 2015-18, had two points and five rebounds in 17 minutes against his former team.
“I don’t know what his plus-minus was but good things happen when he is on the floor, regardless of what happens in the box score,” Spoelstra said.
Damion Lee scored 26 points with five 3-pointers for Golden State (12-42). The loss ends the Warriors’ five-year streak of finishing .500 or better.
The Warriors were hurt by 17 turnovers.
“It’s just a matter of taking out those mistakes,” Lee said. “You can’t have (17) turnovers and try to beat a team that’s top four in this league.”
The Heat led comfortably most of the game to win for the first time on their six-game road trip that stretches beyond the All-Star break.
Crowder, who had 18 points in his Miami debut against Portland on Sunday, made a step-back 3-pointer that put the Heat up by 18 midway through the second quarter. Olynyk later added another 3-pointer that made it 52-31.
Golden State trailed by 24 but got within 73-69 following three free throws by Lee.
Miami pulled away early in the fourth quarter, getting a dunk from Iguodala and back-to-back 3s by Duncan Robinson and Crowder.
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