National Basketball Association
Miami 113, New Orleans 98
When: 7:30 PM ET, Wednesday, November 17, 2021
Where: FTX Arena, Miami, Florida
Officials: #17 Jonathan Sterling, #32 Marat Kogut, #45 Brian Forte
Attendance: 19600

Jimmy Butler, returning from a three-game absence, posted a triple-double with 31 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists as his Miami Heat rallied to defeat the visiting New Orleans Pelicans, 113-98, on Wednesday night.

Butler, who had been out due to a sprained right ankle, had game-highs with his totals for points, rebounds and assists.

He helped the Heat rally from a 15-point first-quarter deficit, leading Miami to its third straight win. That early hole was perhaps predictable given that the Heat were short-handed.

Miami was without six-time All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry, who was rested. In addition, 2020 All-Star center Bam Adebayo (knee), Markieff Morris (neck) and Victor Oladipo (knee) were out injured for the Heat.

New Orleans, which lost for the 14th time in 16 games, was led by Nickeil Alexander-Walker, who had 24 points. Brandon Ingram added 19 points, and Josh Hart had 18 points.

The game featured an oddity with 4:46 left in the third quarter as Miami's Tyler Herro fired a lob pass from the backcourt, but the ball went in for a 43-foot 3-pointer. Herro finished with 19 points, including 12 in the crucial third quarter when Miami took its first lead of the game.

New Orleans started off with a 17-6 lead as Alexander-Walker went 3-for-3 on 3-pointers. The Pelicans stretched their lead to 15 points before settling for a 34-21 advantage at the end of the first period.

After making 6-of-13 3-pointers in the first quarter, the Pelicans went dry, making just 1-of-7 in the second. The Pelicans also went seven-plus minutes without a field goal, allowing Miami to cut its deficit to 52-47 at halftime.

Miami took its first lead of the game at 65-64 with 7:28 left in the third as P.J. Tucker made a runner in the lane, banking his shot off glass. The Heat surge continued as they ended the third with an 81-70 lead. Miami led by as many as 18 points in the fourth quarter, cruising to victory.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
New Orleans   Miami
Nickeil Alexander-Walker 24 Scoring Jimmy Butler 31
Brandon Ingram 5 Assists Jimmy Butler 10
Jonas Valanciunas 8 Rebounds Jimmy Butler 10
Josh Hart 6 Free Throws Made Jimmy Butler 10
Josh Hart 2 Steals Caleb Martin 2
Herbert Jones 1 Blocks Jimmy Butler 1
Team Stats Summary
Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
New Orleans 98 44.0 10-35 22-28 18 38 3 6 17
Miami 113 48.3 15-40 14-17 29 39 2 6 11
Upcoming Games
  • Miami will play their next game at home against Washington. The Heat have a W/L % of .700 after a win and .600 after a loss.
  • New Orleans will play their next game at home against L.A. Clippers. The Pelicans have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .143 after a loss.