Jimmy Butler returns to Heat lineup after 2-game absence

Heat star Jimmy Butler was back in the starting lineup Wednesday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves after missing Miami's past two games for personal reasons.

Butler didn't travel with the team for Monday night's game. He also didn't play Saturday night when the Heat routed the Cavaliers 124-105 in Miami.

Butler, who leads the Heat in scoring, played in the All-Star Game and scored 17 points in Miami's first game after the All-Star break against Atlanta.

The 6-foot-7 guard/forward is averaging 20.6 points, 6.9 rebounds and 6.2 assists.

Miami is 36-21 and in fourth place in the Eastern Conference.

Wednesday's matchup with Minnesota marks the beginning of a five-game homestand for the Heat.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.