Heat Defeat Timberwolves 111-84
Mar. 29, 2003
MIAMI (AP) _ Caron Butler scored a career-high 35 points and the Miami Heat overcame an 18-point deficit to defeat the Minnesota Timberwolves 111-84 Friday night.
Butler also finished with seven assists as the Heat had their largest margin of victory at home this season.
Butler led seven Heat players in double figures. Eddie House finished with 18 points, including 13 in the fourth quarter. The Heat shot a season-best 62 percent.
Kevin Garnett led the Timberwolves with 17 points.
During one stretch in the fourth quarter, Butler made three consecutive layups and House hit two 3-pointers.
Anthony Peeler scored 10 points in the first quarter and Minnesota led 37-19 before Miami finished the half with a 29-12 run. Mike James scored nine points for the Heat during the second-quarter spurt.
The Heat continued the run in the third quarter, when they built an 11-point lead.
Notes: Butler's 35 points was the second highest total by a Heat rookie. Sherman Douglas scored 37 in 1990. ... Butler made a career-best 15 field goals. Garnett broke his Timberwolves' single-season team record of 981 rebounds, with his eighth rebound of the game early in the third period.