Jimmy Butler surpasses LeBron James in distinct category after Heat squeak by Lakers

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On Sunday, Miami Heat star Jimmy Butler surpassed a certain former Miami legend in an important category.

With 20 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists, Butler allowed the Heat to outlast LeBron James’ Los Angeles Lakers, 113-107.

Miami raced out to a huge lead early and maintained it for most of the contest. As it has for most of the season, Miami shot lights out from 3-point range to establish its big advantage.

The Lakers made a furious rally late to make things interesting, but the Heat were able to hold them off.

In addition to Butler’s all-around excellence, Duncan Robinson went off for Miami, scoring 25 points on 8-of-13 shooting from the field and 6-of-11 from beyond the arc.

The Heat are now 30-17 and are tied with the Brooklyn Nets for the top spot in the Eastern Conference, although the Nets hold the tiebreaker.

Many of Miami’s upcoming games between now and the All-Star break are against teams it should beat, which will give it an opportunity to take sole possession of first place in the East.

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Robert is a native of Santa Monica, Calif. and a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has been an avid NBA fan since he was a little kid in the mid '90s, and during that time he has lived through the Alonzo Mourning, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James era of Heat basketball. He feels strongly that the NBA and sports aren't just entertainment, but also a means for learning life lessons.