Goalkeeper Jimmy Butler was superb Sunday at the NBA at the Miami Heat, while the fiery striker Dreamond Green scored a hat-trick by the Warriors and teammate Stephen Curry with 32 points.
Butler scored 29 points and Tyler Hero added 22 points from the bench to lead the Heat to a 102-97 win over the Orlando Magic. Thus, the Heat team won their fourth consecutive match and tenth in their last 11 games.
Miami, trailing by as much as six points in the second half, ran a four-point deficit at the start of the fourth quarter. The temperature is 3–12 when it is late after three quarters.
Butler finished with 9 assists, seven rebounds and five rebounds in 36 minutes. Stealing him from Michael Carter Williams’ pass and backhand four seconds before was crucial to the victory.
The 7-0 game, started with a long-range shot from Butler and a hat-trick from Hero gave Heat the lead 100-94. Orlando then wasted five straight shots and went three minutes without scoring.
All-star Nikola Vucevic converted 17 of 38 points in the third quarter in favor of Magic, but the Florida team gave up their eighth consecutive loss. Magic, who has been 1-2 this season against Heat, has not won since February 21. Vucevic finished 10 rebounds against a double his No. 26. Magic goalkeeper Terence Ross came back from two games absent and scored 20 of his 31 points in the second half.
Miami also had an attacking intervention from Kelly Olinik, who scored 18 points and seven rebounds, and Duncan Robinson had 14 points.
Greene and Carrie lead the warriors
In San Francisco, powerful striker Dreamond Green scored his 26th career hat-trick with 11 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists, and Stephen Curry scored 32 points for the Golden State Warriors to defeat the NBA leaders Los Utah Jazz, by 131-119. Thus, Warrios’ team ended a series of four-game losing streak, which was their worst defeats this season.
Greene also had four steals in his second triple double of the season, while Curry had 18 of 32 points with six hat-tricks and added nine assists. Andrew Wiggins added 28 points to win the Golden State.
Frenchman Rudi Joubert added 24 points and 28 rebounds, the best record of his career, for Liotta (28-10). Donovan Mitchell added 24 points, Mike Conley 23 and Jordan Clarkson added 21 to jazz. Utah won the last five encounters against the Golden State, including two On the Road.
Curry fell in the presence of one for the franchise record at 4,854, which belongs to Jay Rodgers (4,855). Carrie and Rodgers are the only warriors with 4,000 assists.
In the other evening’s game on Sunday, the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Memphis Grizzlies 128-122, with an excellent attacking performance from Canadian Shay Gilgus Alexander, who walked away on 30 points.