The Rundown: Butler, Heat rally to survive Suns

Published November 15, 2022, 1:45 PMJC Ansis

Jimmy Butler made a game-saving block and the Heat beat the Suns to win their third straight.



Raptors 115, Pistons 111
Hornets 112, Magic 105
Heat 113, Suns 112
Celtics 126, Thunder 122
Hawks 121, Bucks 106
Clippers 122, Rockets 106
Warriors 132, Spurs 95

What went down?

The Phoenix Suns, touted as a favorite to win the West this season, has been mediocre on the road so far with a 2-3 record.

That stat didn't help them considering they were visiting the Heat, who were coming off two straight wins. Plus, the Suns would be playing their third straight game without star guard Chris Paul.

Against Miami, though, Phoenix showed they could still play their brand of basketball against a defense-oriented team even without CP3. For three quarters, at least.

Heading into the fourth period, the Suns held a 91-84 lead behind Devin Booker's all-around efforts. But the Heat clamped down on the Suns when it mattered and rallied to grab a 113-112 lead with seconds left in the game.

Phoenix had a chance to steal the game on the road but Booker's attempt was swatted away by Jimmy Butler, eventually sealing the win for the Heat.

Butler ended the game with 16 points, 13 rebounds, and seven assists, while Bam Adebayo had a huge double-double of 30 and 10.

Big-time baller

The Thunder went toe-to-toe with the Celtics today, and that's because of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.

SGA has been a monster to start the season, and the Boston game—despite ending in a loss—was no exception. He dropped 37 points, four rebounds, eight assists, two steals, and a block.

We don't know when OKC will decide to shut him down for the season (because we know they will), but until that happens, we should all enjoy what he's doing on the floor.

What he said

Here's an IN. YO. FACE slam from OG Anunoby. I'm guessing everybody had the same reaction as the commentator did.

Did you see that?

LaMelo Ball is back! The Hornets star finally made his debut today and gave us a dose of what we missed from him.

He also shared a nice pre-game moment with a kid who was donning his high school jersey.