The Heat take out the roller again against the Magic at the FTX Aena


Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) heads to the basket defended by Orlando Magic guard Cole Anthony (50) during the first quarter at the FTX Arena in Miami, Florida, on Monday, October 25, 2021.

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Kyle Lowry returned to the Heat lineup this Monday, October 25, to face his neighbor Magic at the FTX Arena.

And his presence was noticed, the team was once again that of the opening day and with another demonstration of superlative basketball, the Miami quintet easily beat the young and dynamic Orlando team 107-90.

While the Heat’s defense was solid, the highlight was the performance of Jimmy Butler, with his 36 points and five steals, being a factor for his team to finish with a good 47.1 percent on field goals.

“Having Lowry back was an advantage, but not just for me, for everyone,” Butler said. “He’s a kid who doesn’t care about turnovers. If you are unmarked, he will throw it at you. He’s always looking to get the guys in one place. It is a blessing to have him as a point guard. “

In this way, Miami got a 2-1 balance, after winning the two games at home, precisely in which Lowry has been, who finished with nine points and eight assists.

“Great players make everyone better.” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. Butler is an elite scorer, an elite playmaker and an elite defender. He can do a lot of different things, but when you play Lowry, you put a lot of pressure on the defense. They are just focusing on being aggressive. “

The Heat dominated in points in the 50×40 paint, largely due to the great work of Bam Adebayo, who finished with 13 rebounds and 16 points, thanks to the fact that he has also learned to take and take free throws, with 8 of 8, where Miami scored one hundred percent 19-19.

Miami was not very accurate in the triples 22.2 percent, although Duncan Robinson scored two and reached 10 points. While Markieff Morris was leaving with 16 points, being one of the four who scored a triple.

Tyler Herro continued to give reasons to be chosen the best Sixth Man of the season with 13 points, five rebounds, nine assists and much more as his coach pointed out.

“It is about making an impact on winning. That’s the end result,

For Orlando, Franz Wagner stood out with 15 points, Jalen Suggs with 15 others, Cole Anthony with 12, RJ Hampton also with 12, Mo Bamba and Robin Lopez both with 11.


The first half went to the Heat 57-44 with 24 points from Butler and 10 from Adebayo. At times he played so well that it seemed like he was sentencing, but then he loosened and the Magic, led by Wagner with 13, cut much of the difference.

The former ended in a 27-15 favor over Miami, with 12 points from Butler and a great defense. Orlando started well, but his lead only lasted five minutes against a team that began to beat him in everything, even after Robin Lopez scored six in a row.

The second had two very different parts. A first in which the Heat escaped by 19 points, with various fantasy combinations under the rim, and a second in which they bounced much of the lead, allowing a 10-0 rally. Miami still took the part 30-29 and went to the locker room with a 13-point advantage.

In the third, the Magic revealed themselves and got within only six points of the Heat, which came to regain the advantage, thanks to a Butler who reached 34 points, but in the end could not keep it and Orlando’s team took the part 26-24. , although the advantage was still Miami 81-70.

So the quintet of the Capital of the Sun arrived at the last quarter with nine points of advantage, but pressed the button of “gamer” and managed in the blink of an eye to stretch it to 18. After a brief exchange of baskets a triple of Robinson broke the 20-point barrier with three minutes to go.

In the end the less usual closed another brilliant victory by 17, winning the set 26-20. Maybe the Magic are not exactly a good measurer, but it is already known that in the NBA there is no small enemy and the Heat did the job. A victory is a victory.

This story was originally published on October 25, 2021 10:17 pm.

Pedro González is an experienced reporter who for 15 years has covered the Miami Heat, the NBA, the Miami Open, judo and all soccer, both local and international.