Heat reaches All-Star break at .500. Takeaways from a Jimmy Butler-led win over Pelicans

Five takeaways from the Miami Heat’s 103-93 win over the New Orleans Pelicans (15-21) on Thursday night at Smoothie King Center in the final game before the All-Star break. The Heat, which resumes its schedule with a March 11 home game against the Orlando Magic, enters the break at 18-18 after a 7-14 start to the season: — Jimmy Butler returned from a two-game absence, and the Heat’s offense looked better because of it. But there were some bumps along the way. After the Butler-less Heat scored a season-low 80 points on 37.3 percent shooting in Tuesday’s loss to the Atlanta Hawks, Miami’s off…

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