Video: Jimmy Butler taunts Lakers while taking over in 4th quarter for Heat

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On Thursday, the Miami Heat struggled a bit against an extremely shorthanded Los Angeles Lakers team, but down the stretch, Miami started to gain the upper hand behind Jimmy Butler.

On one play late, Lakers big man Andre Drummond switched onto Butler, and the Marquette University product talked some trash to him.

Butler then hit a jumper over Drummond for two of his team-high 28 points.

The Heat are battling to move up to the fourth spot in the Eastern Conference. They’re currently in a dog fight for that spot, as there’s very little separation between fourth place and eighth place.

New addition Victor Oladipo also played well, scoring an extremely efficient 18 points while throwing down a highlight-reel jam over Drummond.

In a somewhat sloppy game, it was defense that got the job done for Miami, as it forced 22 Lakers turnovers and capitalized big time on L.A.’s mistakes.

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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.