Butler stars as Heat melt down 76ers


    MIAMI. — Five-time All-Star Jimmy Butler, playing against the team that traded him last year, scored a season-high 38 points in just 29 minutes to lead the host Miami Heat past the Philadelphia 76ers 137-106 on Monday night.

    It was the second-highest-scoring regulation game in Heat history. Miami shot 56.5 percent from the floor, including 16 of 32 on 3-point attempts.

    Goran Dragic added 24 points and six assists, and Bam Adebayo had 18 points, a game-high 11 assists and eight rebounds for Miami. Heat starting power forward Meyers Leonard (sprained left ankle) and backup shooting guard Tyler Herro (right foot) left with injuries and did not return.

    The 76ers were led by Joel Embiid, who had 29 points and 12 rebounds. Fellow All-Star Ben Simmons added 16 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. Mike Scott added 17 points off the bench, but Philadelphia fell for the 10th time in its past 12 road games.

    In other games, it was LA Clippers 108, San Antonio 105; Sacremento 113, Minnesota 109; Dallas 112, Indiana 103; Orlando 112, Charlotte 100; New York 139, Cleveland 134 in overtime; Golden State 125, Washington 117; Boston 123, Atlanta 115; Memphis 96, Detroit 82; and Brooklyn 119, Phoenix 97.

    Clippers 108, Spurs 105

    Kawhi Leonard scored 22 points and Paul George had 19, leading Los Angeles to a come-from-behind win over visiting San Antonio.

    Leonard, who also had seven assists and six rebounds, had scored at least 30 points in each of his previous nine contests. George finished with game highs in rebounds (12) and assists (eight).

    LaMarcus Aldridge led the Spurs with 27 points and nine rebounds while DeMar DeRozan had 26 points. Patty Mills had 18 points off the bench, and Trey Lyles scored 10 for San Antonio, which led by 15 points in the second quarter. – Field Level Media