Jimmy Butler, Heat, Pistons
Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) goes to the basket as Detroit Pistons guard Bruce Brown (6) defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019, in Miami. The Heat won 117-108. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Butler Gets Double-Double With Heat

The Miami Heat improved to 7-3 with a 117-108 home win over the Detroit Pistons Tuesday night. The Heat had four players score between 18 and 20 points in the game. Jimmy Butler led the way with a 20-point, 13-assist double-double.


Game Recap

The Heat got off to a quick start. In the first quarter, the hosts put up 28. In the second, they bettered their previous tally with 31.

Conversely, the Pistons struggled out of the gates. Detroit scored just 17 points in the first quarter and 20 in the second. At the half, the Heat led 59-37.

It looked all but over at the halftime interval, but the hosts would come roaring back in the second half.

The Pistons outscored the Heat in the third and fourth quarters 35-33 and 36-25 respectively, but it wouldn’t be enough.

Tyler Herro did not play with a high left-ankle sprain.



Jimmy Butler was the catalyst for Miami. He put up 20 points and 13 assists to secure his first double-double as a Heat player. In his first season with the organization, Butler is averaging 19.4 points per game, good for 32nd in the NBA.


Butler had plenty of help from his teammates. Three others scored at least 18 points, and five others put up double digits in the scoring column.

Kendrick Nunn also scored 20 and provided five assists. Bam Adebayo and Goran Dragić both scored 18, Kelly Olynyk got 13, and Duncan Robinson picked up 11.

Adebayo also secured a double-double with 14 boards.


Luke Kennard led Detroit with 22 points. Christian Wood and Andre Drummond both picked up 16 points.

Drummond fell just one rebound short of a double-double.

Team Stats

The Heat had a very good shooting night. As a team, they shot 53.2 percent on 41-77. The Pistons shot 43.6 percent on 34-78.

The hosts also led in rebounds (42-32) and assists (34-27). Defensively, Detroit picked up nine blocks to the Heats’ one and nine steals to Miami’s six.

What’s Next?

Next up, the Miami Heat will face the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday at Quicken Loans Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.

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