MEMPHIS— Jimmy Butler scored 27 points, Tyler Herro added 22 and the Miami Heat used a strong shooting performance to rout the Memphis Grizzlies 129-103 on Sunday (PH time).
Duncan Robinson and Kyle Lowry scored 15 points apiece. Lowry added eight assists and the Heat made 21 3-pointers, one short of the franchise record set last May at Milwaukee.
The performance was particularly satisfying for Robinson, who has struggled from outside the arc this season. Entering the game, Robinson was shooting right at 28 percent from 3-point range, making only 12 of 43 shots. That included going 2 of 11 from distance in Friday night’s win over Charlotte.
He made 5 of 10 3-pointers against Memphis.
Ja Morant and De’Anthony Melton each had 20 points for Grizzlies. Desmond Bane finished with 17 points and Kyle Anderson scored 13.
BULLS 107, UTAH JAZZ 99
The Chicago Bulls came into the season with their sights set on making a jump in the Eastern Conference and getting into the playoffs. Performances like this show just how serious they are.
DeMar DeRozan scored a season-high 32 points, Zach LaVine added 26 and the Bulls handed the Utah Jazz their first loss, 107-99.
The Bulls grabbed a 17-point lead in the fourth quarter and hung on after the Jazz pulled within five in the closing minutes.
WARRIORS 103, THUNDER 82
Stephen Curry’s fourth-quarter scoring of late has been a focus of those looking to critique the reigning NBA scoring champion.
Curry didn’t score in the final quarter again — because he didn’t have to.
Curry scored 20 points in 27 minutes while getting ample and much-deserved rest, Draymond Green did a little bit of everything as usual, and the Golden State Warriors thumped the Oklahoma City Thunder 103-82.
Green added 14 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists, and Andrew Wiggins also scored 14 in the second meeting over five days between the teams. The Warriors won 106-98 on Wednesday (PH time) at Oklahoma City. (AP)