Jimmy Butler hoping Heat ‘playing our best basketball’

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Playoff time is approaching quickly and the Heat are starting to turn things up a notch.

Basically, the Heat is now on, having defeated the Charlotte Hornets, 121-111, at the Spectrum Center on Sunday. Miami has now moved into sole possession of sixth place in the Eastern Conference, with the win in Charlotte and Boston’s loss to Portland.

There are still seven games left in the regular season and the Heat would like to solidify the best spot possible. The victory against the Hornets is a great catalyst for them to make it happen. Jimmy Butler, who finished the game with 18 points, eight rebounds and eight assists had great things to say about how the team has been playing lately overall.

“You want to be playing your best basketball at the right time and I’m praying, I’m hoping that right now is the right time for us to being playing our best basketball,” Butler said.

With three straight victories and four wins in their last five games, the Heat do seem to be trending upward. This is no time to let their foot off of the gas. For starters, the Heat’s goal isn’t to just avoid the play in tournament — they want to get the highest seed possible.

The Knicks sit at fourth place in the East and are only 1.5 games ahead of the Heat. The Heat could catch New York, so the goal is to win out and see where the chips may fall.

As for the win, Bam Adebayo scored 20 points on 9-of-13 shooting. He also grabbed seven rebounds and dished out 10 assists. Kendrick Nunn has been playing well lately and continued his strong play with 19 points.

Goran Dragic scored 18 points off of the bench. Dewayne Dedmon added 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds off of the bench. The Heat look to win four in a row when they face the Dallas Mavericks in Miami on Tuesday. Tipoff is 8 p.m. Eastern.

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