Tuesday, February 4, 2020 4:07 PM | CBN
The Miami Heat pulled off a 137-106 victory against the Philadelphia 76ers Monday night.
Miami’s Jimmy Butler contributed a season-high 38 points to his team’s win, with Goran Dragic bringing 24 points.
"I’m never worried about offence," said Butler. "Hell, I’m never worried about defence. I’m only worried about winning."
"We want Jimmy to be aggressive," Dragic said of his teammate. "He's our leader."
Helping Butler and Dragic were Duncan Robinson scoring 19 points, Bam Adebayo bringing 18 (in addition to 11 assists and 8 rebounds), and Derrick Jones Jr., adding 15 points.
"We just want to get better as the season goes on and we knew that this game was important just from the standpoint of being able to go up 3-1 against one of the teams we’re jostling against in this competitive Eastern Conference," said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra. "It matters."
For the 76ers, Joel Embiid led with 29 points and 12 rebounds, with Mike Scott bringing 17 points and Ben Simmons adding 16.
While Philadelphia seems to be doing well with home games, they suffered their 10th road game loss in the last 12 on Monday.
"We're not playing defense the way we can play defense," admitted 76ers coach Brett Brown. "It starts and almost stops there for me.
Miami plays again on Wednesday facing the Los Angeles Clippers, with Philadelphia playing the Milwaukee Bucks Thursday in hopefully not another road game loss.
Sources: Associated Press, NBA, ESPN, Sportsnet