Butler scores 22, Heat beat Bulls 127-109 for 50th win

Tyler Herro and Kyle Lowry of the Miami Heat celebrate after scoring in the second half against the Chicago Bulls at United Center on April 02, 2022 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images) (Quinn Harris, 2022 Getty Images)

CHICAGO – Jimmy Butler scored 22 points, Kyle Lowry and Tyler Herro added 19 apiece, and the Eastern Conference-leading Miami Heat beat the Chicago Bulls 127-109.

Bam Adebayo scored 16, and the hot-shooting Heat reached the 50-win mark for the first time since the 2013-14 season.

Miami also increased its lead over second-place Milwaukee to 1 1/2 games and moved within a win of securing homecourt advantage in Round 1 of the postseason.

If the Heat go 3-1 the rest of the way, they’ll clinch the top seed in the East.

Zach LaVine led Chicago with 33 points. DeMar DeRozan finished with 26.

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