Credit: USA TODAY Sports-Scanpix
Credit USA TODAY Sports-Scanpix

Jimmy Butler posted 17 points and 11 rebounds in his return from an eight-game absence, leading the host Miami Heat (21-13) to a 93-83 (22-24, 20-15, 30-21, 21-23) win over the Orlando Magic (7-27) on Sunday afternoon.

Player of the Game
Jimmy  Butler
EFF
21
Jimmy Butler
Points 17
Accuracy 5-14
Rebounds 11
Assists 4

Third-string center Omer Yurtseven collected 16 points and a game-high 15 rebounds while making his first career start due to injuries to Bam Adebayo and Dewayne Dedmon.

Orlando was led by Gary Harris (game-high 20 points), R.J. Hampton (14 points), and Wendell Carter Jr. (eight points, 14 rebounds).

Miami's Kyle Lowry, who entered the game ranking fifth in the NBA in assists average (8.2), was placed on the COVID-protocol list just prior to the game.

Even so, the Heat won their fifth straight game against its cross-state rival.

Butler, Miami's leading scorer, had missed 12 of the past 13 games due to a tailbone injury. The Heat, however, have gone 9-6 without him this season.

Miami also saw Caleb Martin score 17 points off the bench in his return from the COVID protocols.

The Heat missed their first nine 3-point attempts, a skid that was broken by Martin with 6:28 left in the second quarter. For the game, the Heat shot 10-for-34 from the 3-point range (29.4 percent).

The Magic, who have the second-worst record in the NBA at 7-27, played without 13 players who are either injured or on the COVID-protocol list. That includes leading scorer Cole Anthony, who was added to the list just prior to Sunday's game.

Miami's Tyler Herro and Orlando's Hampton were issued technical fouls. Hampton tossed the ball at Herro, and the Heat guard responded in kind.

Herro was ejected with 29 seconds left in the third quarter, picking up his second technical foul, this one for a comment directed at a referee. He finished with eight assists but just two points on 1-for-5 shooting. Prior to Sunday, Herro had zero technical fouls in his three-year NBA career.

That Herro ejection was the highlight of a third-quarter that ended with Miami on top, 72-60. The Heat cruised from there to earn the win.

Heat: Jimmy Butler 17 (11 REB), Caleb Martin 17, Omer Yurtseven  16 (15 REB), Max Strus 13, Gabe Vincent 13 (5 REB, 8 AST).

Magic: Gary Harris 20, R. J. Hampton 14 (5 AST), Franz Wagner 13, Hassani Gravett 12 (5 REB).

Omer Yurtseven's performance

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Miami Heat
Orlando Magic
40%
36/89
Field goals
43%
31/72
56
Rebounds
51
28
Assists
17
7
Steals
6
1
Blocks
4
92
Efficiency
76

Best players

Jimmy  Butler
17 PTS
5/14 FG
7/9 FT
Gary  Harris
20 PTS
7/11 FG
4/4 FT
Omer  Yurtseven
15 REB
9 DREB
6 OREB
Wendell  Carter
14 REB
11 DREB
3 OREB
Miami Heat
Few players
8 As
R.J.  Hampton
5 As
0 TO
32 MIN
Jimmy  Butler
21 EFF
38% 2P%
0% 3P%
Gary  Harris
16 EFF
83% 2P%
40% 3P%