Tyler Herro returned from a three-game injury absence to score 26 points, guiding the Miami Heat to a 125-96 victory against the visiting Indiana Pacers on Tuesday night.

The Heat set a franchise record with 22 3-pointers, shooting 44.9 per cent from beyond the arc and 49.5 per cent overall.

Duncan Robinson scored 26 points for the Heat, taking 10 of 16 shots from the field and 6 of 10 from long range. Kyle Lowry of the Miami Heat nearly recorded a triple-double, finishing with a game-high 12 assists, 11 rebounds, and eight points.

Herro, who had missed the previous match due to a quad injury, hit 8 of 17 shots, including 5 of 8 from beyond the arc. Max Strus, a third-year Heat guard, made his first career start and finished with 18 points.

Caris LeVert and Chris Duarte both had 17 points to lead Indiana. Malcolm Brogdon, who had missed Indiana’s last game due to a foot injury, returned but played only eight minutes. He didn’t come back for the second half, finishing with one point and two assists. Coach Rick Carlisle returned after missing four games due to COVID.

The Dallas Mavericks defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 114-102.

Jalen Brunson led Dallas with 28 points and six assists, as the Mavericks held off visiting Minnesota.

Dorian Finney-Smith scored 19 points, had six rebounds, and had five assists for the Mavericks, who avenged a two-night road setback to the Timberwolves. Sterling Brown had 12 points and 11 rebounds, while Dwight Powell scored 15 points.

Karl-Anthony Towns led the Minnesota Timberwolves with 26 points, 14 rebounds, and seven assists. Malik Beasley scored 22 points for the Timberwolves, who ended a four-game winning streak.

The New York Knicks defeated the Detroit Pistons, 105-91.

As New York held off a second-half rally by visiting Detroit, Evan Fournier scored a game-high 22 points, and Julius Randle and Mitchell Robinson each had double-doubles.

For the Knicks, who won for the third time in 11 games, Randle had 21 points and 11 rebounds, while Robinson came off the bench with 17 points and 14 rebounds. Kemba Walker finished the game with 21 points, eight rebounds, and five assists.

The Pistons, who lost for the 15th time in 16 games, trimmed a 22-point deficit to five points in the second half, thanks largely to Saben Lee, who came off the bench and scored 12 of his 16 points in the second half.

The Phoenix Suns defeated the Lakers 108-90.

Devin Booker scored 24 points in his return from a hamstring injury as visiting Phoenix extended its current winning run to four games with a win over Los Angeles.

Deandre Ayton added 19 points and 11 rebounds for the Suns, who recovered from a poor start to win for the 24th time in their past 26 games. Mikal Bridges added 14 points. Chris Paul finished with 11 points and nine assists.

LeBron James scored 34 points for the Lakers, who lost their third game in a row while dealing with COVID-19 problems and now have Anthony Davis out with a knee injury. Russell Westbrook had 22 points and ten rebounds. James hurt his left ankle in the third quarter but played the remainder of the game, although his mobility seemed to be restricted.

The Pelicans defeated the Trail Blazers 111-97.

As host New Orleans defeated Portland for its first three-game winning streak of the season, Brandon Ingram scored 28 points and Nickeil Alexander-Walker scored 22 of his 27 in the second half.

For the Pelicans, who have won four of their last five matches, Josh Hart added 20 points and Jonas Valanciunas had 10 points and 16 rebounds.

Damian Lillard led the Trail Blazers with 39 points as their two-game winning streak came to an end.

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