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Jimmy Butler of the Miami Heat # 22 shooting the first half against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on April 02, 2022 in Chicago, Illinois

Jimmy Butler of the Miami Heat # 22 is shooting in the first half against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on April 02, 2022 in Chicago, Illinois. Queen Harris / Getty Images / AFP (Photo by Queen Harris / Getty Images North America / Getty Images via AFP)

Jimmy Butler scored 22 points, and Kyle Lowry added 19 points and assisted a game-high 10 as the Miami Heat beat hosts the Chicago Bulls 127-109 on Saturday night.

Zach LaVine led the Bulls (45-33) with a game-high 33 points in a 21-for-11 shootout, including a 12-for-5 on 3-pointers. The Bulls, who broke their two-game winning streak, also got 26 points from Demar Derozan, who had 50 in the previous competition.

Miami (50-28), who led the Eastern Conference and swept all four games from Chicago this season, also got 19 points off the bench from Tyler Hero. Butler had a good round with seven rebounds and six assists as the hits improved to 23-15 on the road.

Hit center left Adebayor had 16 points in 7-for-9 shooting and he added seven rebounds and three assists.

Chicago’s great home record fell to 27-11.

The Heat shot the ball well throughout the night, hitting 53.7 percent off the floor, including 17-for-34 on 3-pointers.

Chicago shot 43.0 percent from the floor, including 9-for-34 on 3-pointers (26.5 percent).

Miami started 27-25 with a great 80 percent shooting.

They cooled down a bit but led 31-30 at the end of the first quarter, shooting 63.6 percent compared to 42.9 percent for Chicago. The Bulls remain in the game due to their zero turnover and 11 points from LaVine.

The Heat went ahead at their halftime 66-57. In the first half, Miami shot 57.5 percent off the floor, including -12 for 6 in 3-pointers and 14-of-15 in free-throw (93.3 percent). Chicago shot 42.9 percent, although the Bulls had a first-half 18-point lead from Lavin.

At the end of the third quarter, Miami expanded its advantage to 98-79. The Heat’s shooting was hot across the three quarters – 58.1 percent off the floor and -22 (54.5) for 12 on 3-pointers.

In the fourth quarter, Chicago went 7-0, cutting its deficit to 111-97. But a Hero 3-pointer ends Chicago’s motion and Miami cruises from there.

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