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Miami forces 17 turnovers, and has a 28-7 advantage on points off turnovers, and holds down Lillard.

COURTESY PHOTO: BRUCE ELY/TRAIL BLAZERS - The Miami Heat did a good job defensively on Damian Lillard on Sunday in a 107-98 win.The skinny: The Miami Heat, playing with Jimmy Butler and Goran Dragic back in the lineup, played some fine defense and beat the Trail Blazers 107-98 Sunday at the Moda Center.

Butler and Dragic didn't play in the Blazers-Miami game March 25, won by Portland.

It was the latest loss for the Trail Blazers against a team with a winning record. Portland has a 7-15 record when playing teams above .500, and 24-7 against teams below .500. (Miami was under .500 when the Blazers played them in Miami).

Bam Adebayo had 22 points and Butler 20 for Miami (28-25), which shot .494 from the field.

The defense held Portland (31-22) in check. Miami forced 17 turnovers, giving it a 28-7 advantage on points off turnovers, and Portland made only 11 of 35 3-pointers (.314). Damian Lillard had only 12 points in 37 minutes, and all three of his field goals came on 3-pointers.

Norman Powell and CJ McCollum had 17 points each.

The Heat are seemingly improving under coach Erik Spoelstra (ex-Jesuit/UP player), after making the NBA Finals last summer.

Quotable: "Our offense, which we rely on, wasn't where it needed to be," coach Terry Stotts said. And, "Miami played a very good defensive game."

Next up: The Blazers play Boston, another team above .500, at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Moda Center.

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