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Butler, Dragic lead Heat over Suns 124-108

PHOENIX (AP) Goran Dragic was an All-Star just two seasons ago. Miami coach Erik Spoelstra hasn't forgotten.

The 12-year veteran might come off the bench for the Heat these days, but he's still capable of putting up big numbers and making big baskets. That was on full display Thursday night, when Dragic scored 20 of his 25 points in the second half to push the Miami Heat past the Phoenix Suns 124-108.

''It's a great luxury for us to bring an All-Star talent, in his prime still, off the bench,'' Spoelstra said. ''I don't take for that granted. And I'm going to make sure the team doesn't take that for granted.''

Jimmy Butler scored 34 points and Dragic had the big second half to help Miami win for the fourth time in five games and bounce back from a 20-point loss to Denver on Tuesday. The Heat improved to 6-2 for the first time since 2012 when they had LeBron James and eventually won the NBA title.

Butler had 18 points by the end of the first quarter and 30 at halftime as the Heat built a 64-57 lead. Miami shot 53.5 percent in the first half, hitting 7 of 14 from 3-point range.

''That guy's special,'' Spoelstra said. ''He really is. He set the tone for the game obviously in that first half. We just played off of his offensive force. Really smart basketball, getting to the rim, getting his open looks.''

Dragic, who played six seasons early in his career with the Suns, hit a 3-pointer just before the buzzer at the end of the third quarter to put the Heat up 93-86.

''If you ask any player, when you play against your former team, it's extra motivation,'' Dragic said. ''It's always nice to win here.''

Phoenix had its three-game winning streak snapped. Aron Baynes led the Suns with 23 points and Devin Booker added 22. Ricky Rubio had 11 points and 11 rebounds.

Coach Monty Williams said his team's ball movement wasn't very good.

''We just didn't have it tonight and that happens,'' Williams said. ''I think it will be a great learning lesson for us.''

HERRO BALL

Miami rookie Tyler Herro had another solid game with 15 points on 6 of 12 shooting, including 3 of 4 from 3-point range. Spoelstra said Herro had some defensive breakdowns, but he's always competitive on the court.

The coach said Herro wanted to guard Booker during the second half and the results were mixed.

''You gotta like the kid's guts, for better or worse,'' Spoelstra said.

TOUGH SCHEDULE

Miami has a tough turnaround with a road game against LeBron James, Anthony Davis and the Los Angeles Lakers in less than 24 hours on Friday night.

''No excuses,'' Dragic said. ''We'll go there and play hard and try to get a win. It's always fun to play against the best teams in the league. That's why we're here.''

THE HOMESTAND CONTINUES

Phoenix is now 1-1 on its six-game homestand. The Suns will face the Nets on Sunday and then have games against the Lakers, Hawks and Celtics.

The Suns trailed for almost the entire game against the Heat. They fought within two points at multiple points late in the third quarter, but Dragic's big shooting night ended any hope for a win.

''We just have to bring it every night,'' Booker said. ''Give credit to them. They came out playing high energy, playing real physical from the start and that directly translates to the product that happened on the court.''

TIP-INS

Phoenix: Rookie guard Ty Jerome missed his eighth straight game with a sprained right ankle. ... The Suns came into the game ranked first in the league with assists on 67.4 percent of their field goals. They had 22 assists on 37 field goals against the Heat.

Miami: The Heat said after the game that guard Justise Winslow was diagnosed with a concussion. He didn't play on Thursday with what the initially said was a headache ... Udonis Haslem and Dion Waiters both missed the game with a stomachache. Derrick Jones Jr. played nine minutes in the first half but didn't return in the second half with a left hip strain. ... Butler shot 9 of 10 from the field in the first half, including 2 of 2 from 3-point range. He was also 10 of 10 on free throws.

UP NEXT

Heat: At Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night.

Suns: Host Brooklyn on Sunday night.

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Key Players
J. Butler
22 SF
D. Booker
1 SG
34.4 Min. Per Game 34.4
26.1 Pts. Per Game 26.1
5.0 Ast. Per Game 5.0
3.6 Reb. Per Game 3.6
43.8 Field Goal % 52.9
38.0 Three Point % 53.4
78.6 Free Throw % 92.3
  24-second shot clock violation turnover 0:05
  Defensive rebound by Duncan Robinson 0:27
  Elie Okobo missed 2nd of 2 free throws 0:29
  PHO team rebound 0:29
  Elie Okobo missed 1st of 2 free throws 0:29
  Shooting foul on Duncan Robinson 0:29
  Personal foul on Jimmy Butler 0:42
+ 3 Tyler Herro made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jimmy Butler 0:44
  Defensive rebound by Bam Adebayo 1:00
  Jevon Carter missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:02
+ 2 Bam Adebayo made dunk 1:09
Team Stats
Points 124 108
Field Goals 45-82 (54.9%) 37-84 (44.0%)
3-Pointers 15-28 (53.6%) 11-32 (34.4%)
Free Throws 19-24 (79.2%) 23-31 (74.2%)
Total Rebounds 48 49
Offensive 5 10
Defensive 36 30
Team 7 9
Assists 22 22
Steals 9 4
Blocks 5 3
Turnovers 13 14
Fouls 28 21
Technicals 0 1
34 PTS, 5 REB, 4 AST
11 PTS, 11 REB, 6 AST
1234T
away team logo Heat 6-2 31332931124
home team logo Suns 5-3 30272922108
Team Stats
away team logo Heat 6-2 111.2 PPG 44.4 RPG 26.3 APG
home team logo Suns 5-3 117.6 PPG 42.2 RPG 28.8 APG
Key Players
J. Butler SF 18.4 PPG 5.8 RPG 7.2 APG 45.2 FG%
A. Baynes C 15.0 PPG 5.5 RPG 2.9 APG 57.1 FG%
Top Scorers
J. Butler SF 34 PTS 5 REB 4 AST
A. Baynes C 23 PTS 4 REB 1 AST
54.9 FG% 44.0
53.6 3PT FG% 34.4
79.2 FT% 74.2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Butler 34 5 4 11/16 2/2 10/10 4 33 0 0 1 1 4 -3 46
B. Adebayo 15 10 6 6/9 0/1 3/6 3 34 5 1 2 2 8 +1 41
K. Nunn 11 2 0 5/9 1/4 0/0 1 22 0 1 2 0 2 -2 12
M. Leonard 6 0 0 2/4 2/2 0/0 4 13 0 0 1 0 0 -1 5
D. Robinson 6 6 1 1/5 1/4 3/3 4 27 1 1 0 0 6 +29 16
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Butler 34 5 4 11/16 2/2 10/10 4 33 0 0 1 1 4 -3 46
B. Adebayo 15 10 6 6/9 0/1 3/6 3 34 5 1 2 2 8 +1 41
K. Nunn 11 2 0 5/9 1/4 0/0 1 22 0 1 2 0 2 -2 12
M. Leonard 6 0 0 2/4 2/2 0/0 4 13 0 0 1 0 0 -1 5
D. Robinson 6 6 1 1/5 1/4 3/3 4 27 1 1 0 0 6 +29 16
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
G. Dragic 25 6 4 9/16 5/7 2/3 1 31 0 0 2 1 5 +10 37
T. Herro 15 2 2 6/12 3/4 0/0 1 28 1 0 0 0 2 +14 22
K. Olynyk 7 5 3 3/6 1/3 0/0 5 23 2 0 2 0 5 +15 18
J. Johnson 3 1 0 1/2 0/1 1/2 3 14 0 2 2 0 1 +11 4
D. Jones Jr. 2 4 2 1/3 0/0 0/0 2 9 0 0 1 1 3 +6 9
C. Silva 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
D. Waiters - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Winslow - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Macon - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Okpala - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
U. Haslem - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 124 41 22 45/82 15/28 19/24 28 235 9 5 13 5 36 +80 210
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
A. Baynes 23 4 1 10/17 1/3 2/3 3 28 0 0 0 3 1 -4 29
D. Booker 22 3 5 6/13 2/4 8/8 3 35 1 0 6 0 3 0 30
K. Oubre Jr. 15 2 3 5/10 1/1 4/7 3 25 0 2 1 1 1 +4 24
R. Rubio 11 11 6 4/11 1/5 2/2 3 29 1 0 3 0 11 -4 32
D. Saric 9 4 2 3/9 2/7 1/1 2 29 1 0 2 0 4 -4 16
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
A. Baynes 23 4 1 10/17 1/3 2/3 3 28 0 0 0 3 1 -4 29
D. Booker 22 3 5 6/13 2/4 8/8 3 35 1 0 6 0 3 0 30
K. Oubre Jr. 15 2 3 5/10 1/1 4/7 3 25 0 2 1 1 1 +4 24
R. Rubio 11 11 6 4/11 1/5 2/2 3 29 1 0 3 0 11 -4 32
D. Saric 9 4 2 3/9 2/7 1/1 2 29 1 0 2 0 4 -4 16
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
T. Johnson 11 1 0 3/6 2/4 3/4 1 16 0 0 2 0 1 -15 10
C. Johnson 7 3 1 2/5 1/2 2/2 1 19 0 0 0 1 2 -12 12
M. Bridges 5 7 0 2/8 1/4 0/0 2 20 0 0 0 3 4 -28 12
F. Kaminsky 3 3 2 1/2 0/0 1/2 1 17 0 0 0 2 1 -10 10
J. Carter 2 2 2 1/3 0/2 0/0 2 14 1 1 0 0 2 -3 10
C. Diallo 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 -2 0
E. Okobo 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 -2 0
T. Jerome - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Lecque - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Harper - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 108 40 22 37/84 11/32 23/31 21 234 4 3 14 10 30 -80 185