Miami uses flurry of 3s to shoot down Warriors
JAE Crowder made three 3-pointers in a 16-0, secondquarter flurry Monday night that allowed the Miami Heat to build a big lead en route to a 113-101 victory over the Golden State Warriors in San Francisco.
Jimmy Butler returned from a two-game absence to produce 21 points, tying Crowder for team-high scoring honors, as the Heat won for the first time in four outings on their six-game road trip.
Three-time NBA champion Andre Iguodala contributed two points and a plus-25 rating in 17 minutes for the Heat after injured Warriors star Stephen Curry took the microphone and welcomed his former teammate back in a crowd-pleasing pregame ceremony.
Damion Lee scored a career-high 26 points for the Warriors, who lost their third straight.
Golden State only trailed 29-27 early in the second quarter before Crowder hit consecutive 3-pointers to trigger the Heat's big run. Duncan Robinson and Crowder added subsequent treys in the burst, which opened a 45-27 advantage with 7:37 remaining in the half.
The Heat went on to lead by as many as 24 points before the Warriors rallied within 7369 on three free throws by Lee late in the third period.
But Goran Dragic and Butler countered with hoops, helping Miami build an 83-75 advantage by the end of the quarter, and Golden State got no closer than seven in the fourth period.
Crowder, acquired with Iguodala from the Memphis Grizzlies last week, finished with four 3-pointers and 6-for11 shooting overall.
Butler, who suffered a shoulder injury against the Los Angeles Clippers on the first game of the Heat's trip last week, took the second night of a back-to-back as an opportunity to return. He was able to complement his 21 points with 10 rebounds.
Robinson added five 3-pointers and 17 points, and Dragic scored 15 points while Kelly Olynyk (12 points, game-high 11 assists) and Bam Adebayo (13 points, game-high 11 rebounds) recorded double-doubles.
Jazz holds off Mavericks for third straight win
Jordan Clarkson scored 25 points and dished out eight assists off the bench to lead the Utah Jazz to a 123-119 victory over the host Dallas Mavericks on Monday night.
Donovan Mitchell and Bojan Bogdanovic added 23 apiece for the Jazz. Rudy
Gobert chipped in 17 points and 16 rebounds.
Utah won its third straight game overall and second consecutive road contest after shooting 59% from the field.
Tim Hardaway Jr. scored a season-high 33 points and Kristaps Porzingis added 28 to lead the Mavericks, who played without Luka Doncic for their seventh straight game and could not keep up with a potent Jazz offense in his absence.
Utah shot 61% from the field in the first half to quickly take control of the game.
Minus Giannis, Bucks still put away Kings
Eric Bledsoe and Khris Middleton each scored 28 points as the Milwaukee Bucks got off to a hot start to open the fourth quarter and finished off a 123-111 victory over the Sacramento Kings despite not having Giannis
Brook Lopez added 20 points as Antetokounmpo missed the game for the birth
of his son earlier Monday. The Bucks improved to 5-0 in games where they didn't have the reigning MVP available.