Dwyane Wade credits Kevin Hart’s heckling for extra motivation

On a night that saw Dwyane Wade turn back the clock, the veteran Miami Heat guard gave credit to Kevin Hart’s heckling for inspiring his playoff performance.

Coming off the bench, the 36-year-old scored 28 points to help the Heat snap the Philadelphia 76ers’ 17-game winning streak with a 113-103 road victory to tie up their first-round series at a game apiece.

He did so with comedian and Philly native Kevin Hart barking from courtside at Wells Fargo Center most of the night. At one point he even dished it back to Hart and former 76er Allen Iverson after hitting a jumper to seal the victory.


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After the game, Wade credited Hart for helping motivate him.

He first mentioned Hart during an on-court interview with ESPN, wrapping up that interview by saying “I like the Dwyane Wade I’ve seen tonight.”

He later returned to Hart during his post-game media session.

“When you got people like Kevin Hart talking on the sideline, when you got the crowd saying all the things they’re saying, I heard a lot of things tonight, and it’s all used as motivation,” Wade told reporters. “To be able to hush a whole crowd, that’s a great feeling.”

The war of words between the two didn’t stop when the game ended either. Hart tweeted “see you in Miami” and “It’s not over” to Wade, who responded with his own tweet back.


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Westbrook’s 17-point 4th quarter leads Thunder past Heat

Russell Westbrook scored 17 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter to help the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Miami Heat 105-99 on Friday night.

Westbrook went 6 for 7 from the field and made 3 of 4 free throws in the final period. He also finished with 13 rebounds and eight assists.

Steven Adams added 24 points and 12 rebounds for the Thunder. They have won seven of eight.

James Johnson scored 23 points and Goran Dragic added 20 for the Heat, whose win streak ended at three games.

Oklahoma City made 3 of 17 3-pointers in the first three quarters, then made 5 of 9 in the fourth.

Miami led 66-64 heading onto the fourth quarter.

Adams made a layup after a cut to the hoop and he was fouled. He missed the free throw, but the Thunder got the rebound, leading to a mid-range jumper by Westbrook that bumped Oklahoma City’s lead to 91-84.

Miami cut it to 92-91 on a 3-pointer by Johnson, but Westbrook answered at the other end with a 3-pointer. Westbrook then got a defensive rebound and bolted to the hoop at the other end for a layup. Miami was called for goaltending, and the Thunder lead was back to six.

Miami cut its deficit to two in the final minute, but Westbrook found Adams on a pick and roll for a dunk that made it 99-95 with 43 seconds to play. Oklahoma City’s Paul George then stole the ball, made a layup and was fouled. His free throw with 38.2 seconds left put the game out of reach.



Heat: G Tyler Johnson committed two fouls in the first 23 seconds. He finished with three fouls. … G Dwyane Wade entered the game in the first quarter. He finished with seven points in 20 minutes. He hadn’t played since March 10.

Thunder: Outrebounded the Heat 51-41. … Improved to 7-1 with G Corey Brewer in the starting lineup. … George made just 3 of 16 shots.


Heat: At Indiana on Sunday.

Thunder: Host the Portland on Sunday.


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Lakers shred Heat defense, stay hot with easy 131-113 win

Isaiah Thomas scored a season-high 29 points, Julius Randle added 25 and the Los Angeles Lakers continued their surge by topping the Miami Heat 131-113 on Thursday night.

Brandon Ingram added 19, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had 18 and Kyle Kuzma finished with 16 for the Lakers, who won in Miami for the first time since Feb. 10, 2008. The Lakers shot 59 percent and were 16 of 29 from 3-point range.

It was the most points allowed by the Heat this season.

Thomas, whose previous season best was 24, connected on 11 of 20 shots and 6 of 11 3-point tries. Randle had 21 points in the first half for the Lakers, who are 16-7 since an 11-27 start – and at 27-34, have now passed last season’s win total.

Dwyane Wade scored 25 points for Miami. Goran Dragic had 19, Justise Winslow scored 17 and Josh Richardson and Bam Adebayo each added 15 for the Heat.

There were three big runs in the first half – two of them by the Lakers, who took control quickly, then ceded it briefly before grabbing it again.

A 12-0 spurt in the opening minutes put the Lakers up 20-7 before the game was 4 1/2 minutes old, but the Heat immediately answered with a 17-2 run of their own to go up 24-22.

Miami ended the opening quarter leading 36-33. From there, it was all Lakers.

Los Angeles scored 21 of the next 25 points to take a 54-40 lead, wound up taking a 73-62 lead into halftime and stretched the margin to 16 on a pair of free throws by Randle midway through the third.

From there, the margin was never in doubt. The Lakers went up by 22 in the fourth, and the lead wasn’t trimmed below 13 the rest of the way.


Lakers: The 73 first-half points was a season high, one more than the Lakers had at Houston on Dec. 31. … The Lakers have won three straight on the road, a season-best. … Channing Frye (appendectomy) was again out. He’s taken one shot since joining the Lakers last month. … This is the Lakers’ fourth different four-game winning streak of the season.

Heat: Derrick Jones Jr. was recalled from Sioux Falls before the game, but his flight through Chicago was delayed and he was inactive. Thursday won’t count toward the 45-day allotment on his two-way contract. … Wade made his first six shots, meaning he was 17 of 23 in a stretch of about seven quarters going back to Saturday.


Lakers rookie guard Josh Hart isn’t guaranteed a return this season, now that he’s dealing with a broken bone in his left hand. He was hurt in practice Wednesday, returned to Los Angeles and won’t be evaluated for another 2-3 weeks. “If he is healthy and ready to play with a couple weeks left, then we will get him back on the court,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said.


Miami was without guards Tyler Johnson and Wayne Ellington, both of whom suffered left quadriceps contusions in Tuesday’s win over Philadelphia.


Lakers: Visit San Antonio on Saturday.

Heat: Host Detroit on Saturday.

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Former Heat player Rasual Butler, wife killed in car crash

Former Miami Heat player Rasual Butler and his wife were killed in an early morning car accident on Wednesday.

TMZ reports the 38-year-old Butler and his wife, Leah LaBelle, were killed in the single car crash in Studio City, Calif. around 2 a.m. Butler’s Range Rover slammed into a wall and flipped after striking a parking meter.

Butler was the Heat’s second round draft pick out of La Salle back in 2002. He played three seasons in Miami before being involved in the trade that led to the Heat acquiring Eddie Jones, Antoine Walker, Jason Williams and James Posey.

Heat Head Coach Erik Spoelstra told reporters Wednesday that he will always remember Bulter’s “million-dollar smile.”

“I was shocked. It’s horrible, horrible news for all of us,” Spoelstra said. “His attitude was always infectious. He was always the brightest light coming through the gym every single day, regardless of what was going on during the season.”

Former teammate Dwyane Wade expressed his grief over Butler’s passing through Twitter, saying “Come on man. Damn. The world just lost a great dude.”

Heat owner Micky Arison also tweeted out his condolences.

After Miami, Butler played for eight other NBA teams before last playing with San Antonio in 2016.

The report says LaBelle was a singer who placed 12th on American Idol in 2004.

We are deeply saddened by the passing of Rasual Butler and his wife, Leah LaBelle. Our sincere condolences, thoughts and prayers go out to the family and many friends of Rasual and Leah. They will be missed. pic.twitter.com/djezmpHd5h

— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) January 31, 2018

Come on man. Damn. The world just lost a great dude. RIP Rasual “Bop” Butler! https://t.co/tufRq2H3AI

— DWade (@DwyaneWade) January 31, 2018

Sad sad news R.I.P. Rasual.

— Micky Arison (@MickyArison) January 31, 2018

Devastated to hear the news about the passing of my former teammate, Rasual, & his wife. My thoughts and prayers go out to their families during this difficult time. Rasual was an amazing teammate and an even better person. He will truly be missed!

— Lamarcus Aldridge (@aldridge_12) January 31, 2018

Rip to the homie Rasual Butler & his wife!! Condolences to the butler family & friends. Damn Bro 🙏🏽😪

— Matt Barnes (@Matt_Barnes22) January 31, 2018

Omg….. RIP Rasual Butler :(( terrible News 😢

— Marcin Gortat🇵🇱 (@MGortat) January 31, 2018

R.I.P to Rasual Butler man, he was good to me and kept it G with me during our time in Minnesota! We lost a good one!!

— Kris Dunn (@KrisDunn3) January 31, 2018

Our entire organization is deeply saddened after learning of the death of former Pacers player Rasual Butler and his wife, Leah LaBelle. pic.twitter.com/ezdVkM12PG

— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) January 31, 2018

So sad this morning to here about my friend and teammate 😢 RIP Rasual Butler appreciate the people around u because u never kno 😔😔😔

— Paul Pierce (@paulpierce34) January 31, 2018

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