Jimmy Butler’s late heroics helped the Miami Heat rally past the Golden State Warriors.SUCHI News

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In retrospect, Miami coach Erik Spoelstra had a good birthday. Jimmy Butler made sure of that.

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Butler scored five points late to give Miami the lead, Max Strauss led the way with 24 and the Heat overcame Stephen Curry’s triple-double to beat the Golden State Warriors 116-109 on Tuesday night.

“Huge for our confidence,” Strus said.

Butler scored 23 points, including a three-point play with 1:48 left. Bam Adebayo had 19, Duncan Robinson had 17 and Kyle Lowry had 13 for Miami, which won on Spoelstra’s 52nd birthday.

Curry had 23 points, 13 rebounds and 13 assists for the Warriors (3-5), who dropped their third straight and are 0-4 on the road. Andrew Wiggins added 21 points and Klay Thompson added 19 points.

“I thought our energy was better at times,” Golden State’s Draymond Green said. “But we still have to put it together and win games.”

Curry had his 10th regular season triple-double. But a call that went Miami’s way denied him a chance to tie the game with 1:39 left.

Curry was hit on the hand by Butler as he attempted a 3-pointer, with the Warriors down by three. A mistake was made, and Butler argued. That convinced Spoelstra to challenge the call.

“Just kind of took a leap of faith,” Spelstra said.

It worked. The referees ruled that Butler hit Curry on the hand after the ball was released. Buttler said he also hit the ball first.

“They had high fives,” referee Bill Kennedy said.

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