MIAMI – – Jimmy Butler scored 28 points to lead the Miami Heat past the exhausted Los Angeles Lakers 110-104 Thursday night

Victor Oladipo added 18 points but limped off the field, favoring his right knee, after a dunk late in the fourth quarter Coach Erik Spoelstra said Oladipo, acquired in a trade with Houston on March 25, will be evaluated on Friday

Tyler Herro finished with 15 points for the Heat, who rebounded from Tuesday’s 12-point home loss to Memphis

“We always win the W’s in this league. They’re hard to find,” said Butler. “We can be better, but you have to take them when you can get them”

Miami played a 9-2 inning at the end of the fourth period and took the 104-94 lead with 2:14 left on Butler’s two technical free throws after Markieff Morris was excluded for having argued with the officials

The Lakers reduced him to 106-100 on Kentavious Caldwell-Pope’s 3 points with 29 seconds remaining Butler’s four throws on Miami’s next two possessions secured the win

“We’ve had some ups and downs throughout the year, hopefully we’ve taken a step: we’re playing the right way and streaking the winning streak,” said Butler

“Very proud of the effort, the fighting and the belief we both had that we could beat this team,” said Los Angeles coach Frank Vogel “Our guys competed their cocks”

Recently acquired Andre Drummond came back from a four-game absence and had 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Lakers Drummond injured his right big toe on his Los Angeles debut on March 31

“I felt good, a little sore but that won’t hold me back,” Drummond said

The Lakers went on without injuring LeBron James and Anthony Davis James missed his 10th game in a row with a sprained ankle and Davis missed the last 24 games with a calf strain. Forward Kyle Kuzma also been sidelined on Thursday due to calf strain

Lakers: Guard Talen Horton-Tucker served his one-game suspension, pronounced by the NBA earlier Thursday for his role in an altercation with Toronto in Tampa, Fla. on Tuesday The Lakers managed to get three nights in Miami on this trip They arrived late Tuesday night and stayed Wednesday and Thursday They were scheduled to fly to Newark, New Jersey on Friday afternoon for games against Brooklyn and New York

Heat: Miami started shooting penalty free throws just 4:31 in the first period By the time the Lakers attempted their first free throw with 54 seconds remaining in the quarter, Miami had converted 15 of 16 from the line Rookie Precious Achiuwa played significant minutes in the third quarter and at the start of the fourth Achiuwa had seven points, four rebounds, one block and one steal during the stretch “I thought he gave us a real presence at the edge He gave us a spark, “said Spoelstra

Miami has completed the signing of center Dewayne Dedmon, whose last NBA appearance was in March 2020 with Atlanta Dedmon having undergone COVID-19 testing and is now eligible to play He has signed for the remainder of the season and Miami Still has room for another signing ahead of the playoffs

Since leaving the Heat after the 2014-15 season, James has returned to Miami 10 times with the Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers James has missed four games and averaged 29 points in the six he played in his former home arena

– Paul George scored 33 points, Kawhi Leonard added 27 and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Phoenix Suns 113-103 Thursday night in a clash between two of the Western Conference’s top teams

Jae Crowder throws an alley-oop from afar at Mikal Bridges going up to land a two-handed dunk to top off the Suns quick break

Kawhi Leonard walks over to the basket and throws a surprisingly fierce contact dunk at Deandre Ayton

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