National Basketball Association
Miami 113, L.A. Lakers 107
When: 6:00 PM ET, Sunday, January 23, 2022
Where: FTX Arena, Miami, Florida
#60 James Williams, #70 Phenizee Ransom, #21 Dedric Taylor
Jimmy Butler recorded 20 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists, leading the host Miami Heat to a 113-107 win over the struggling Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night.
The Lakers, who trailed by 26 points in the second quarter, cut their deficit to 111-107 with 1:07 left. But Talen Horton-Tucker's poor in-bounds pass with seven seconds left led to a Caleb Martin steal and layup, ending the Lakers' final chance.
Duncan Robinson led Miami with 25 points (6 of 11 on 3-pointers) as the Heat improved to 16-5 at home, the best home record in the Eastern Conference.
For Butler, it was his 10th career triple-double with the Heat, breaking the franchise record previously held by LeBron James, who led Miami to NBA titles in 2012 and 2013.
Now with the Lakers, James scored a game-high 33 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and dished four assists Sunday. He has scored at least 26 points in 17 straight games.
Still, James made just 1 of 8 3-pointers, and he couldn't keep his Lakers from falling under .500 (23-24).
Russell Westbrook added 24 points, nine rebounds and nine assists, but he went 0 for 3 on 3-pointers.
Trevor Ariza, who started for the Lakers at forward, was held scoreless on 0-for-5 shooting and charged with a team-high four turnovers.
For the game, the Lakers shot 11 for 40 on 3-pointers (27.5 percent). The Heat made 15 of 33 from distance (45.5 percent).
Miami led by as many as 18 points early, 32-14. The Lakers then went on an 8-0 run.
However, Miami closed the first quarter with a Max Strus buzzer-beating 3-pointer over James, giving the Heat a 39-25 lead. The Heat shot 66.7 percent in that first quarter, accumulating a 14-4 edge on assists and turning the ball over just once.
Los Angeles closed the first half on a 12-3 run and went into the break trailing 69-52.
After three quarters, Miami led 89-70, and the Heat held on in the fourth.
--Field Level Media
Top Game Performances
LeBron James 33
Duncan Robinson 25
Russell Westbrook 9
Jimmy Butler 12
LeBron James 11
Jimmy Butler 10
LeBron James 8
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Jimmy Butler 5
Talen Horton-Tucker 2
Jimmy Butler 2
Dwight Howard 1
Bam Adebayo 1
Team Stats Summary
Miami will play their next game at home against New York. The Heat have a W/L % of .600 after a win and .706 after a loss.
L.A. Lakers will play their next game on the road against Brooklyn. The Lakers have a W/L % of .435 after a win and .542 after a loss.