Butler has 32 points, Heat beat Wizards to open 2-game set

Caleb Martin of the Miami Heat blocks the shot of Aaron Holiday of the Washington Wizards during the first half of the game at FTX Arena on November 18, 2021 in Miami, Florida. (Eric Espada, 2021 Eric Espada)

MIAMI – Jimmy Butler scored 32 points and the Miami Heat beat the Washington Wizards 112-97 on Thursday night for their fourth straight victory.

The teams will meet again Saturday night in Washington.

Butler shot 11 of 19 from the field and made all 10 of his free throws in his second consecutive outing over 30 points.

Bam Adebayo added 20 points, Gabe Vincent had 18 points and P.J. Tucker 15.

The Heat improved to 11-5.

Bradley Beal scored 30 points for Washington, and Kyle Kuzma added 19 points. The Wizards have lost two straight to drop to 10-5.

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