Jimmy Butler scored 27 points, and Tyler Hero added 22 points for the Miami Heat to use a strong shooting performance to defeat the Memphis Grizzlies 129-103.
Duncan Robinson and Kyle Lowry scored 15 points each. Lowry added eight assists in a night as the Heat made 21 three-pointers, short of the record set last May in Milwaukee.
Saturday night’s performance was particularly satisfying for Robinson, who has struggled outside of the arc this season. Entering the game, Robinson was shooting at 28 percent of his 3-point range, logging just 12 of his 43 shots. This included going 2 of 11 from distance in Friday night’s win over Charlotte.
He made 5 of 10 shots from outside the arc against Memphis and looked more into his old self (he fired 44.8 percent of his career).
Ja Morant and Diantoni Melton each scored 20 points for the Grizzlies. Desmond finished between 17 points and Kyle Anderson scored 13.
During three quarters, Heat kept shooting and kept making it. The 56 percent shot at that point included 18 of 28 from a 3-point range and progressed to 26 points. That proved enough to secure Miami’s fifth win in its first six games.
Heat legend Haslem joins a special club
Udonis Haslem earned his first minutes of the season, officially making it his 19th NBA season — all with the Heat.
He’s now the fifth player in league history to appear in at least 19 seasons, all with one team, joining Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki, Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant, San Antonio’s Tim Duncan, and Utah’s John Stockton.
Haslem had the last basket of the night at The Heat, the basket that sent his teammates off the bench to celebrate.