The Miami Heat took down the Atlanta Hawks 117-109 Saturday night with a 30-point performance from Bam Adebayo.
He went 10 for 12 from the field and had 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Tyler Herro dropped 20 points (Three three-pointers, six rebounds and five assists) while Jimmy Butler (11 rebounds, seven assists) and Caleb Martin (Three three-pointers, three rebounds) both had 15.
Trae Young struggled from the floor, scoring a season-low eight points on the night. Young shot just two for 13 from the field. The Hawks are 2-1 against the Heat this season and 1-2 overall under new head coach Quin Snyder.
Heat Needed a Win
Saturday’s win was important for the Heat after winning only two of their last eight games.
The Hawks almost completed a comeback after rallying from 21 points down in the third quarter to make it 108-103 before Miami responded with seven unanswered points to restabilize their lead.
Miami rebounded from Friday night’s loss to the New York Knicks, which saw Julius Randle have himself a game. The Knicks forward dropped 43 points and scored the winning three to extend the Knicks’ win streak to eight (nine now after beating the Boston Celtics Sunday night).
Nonetheless, the Heat are sitting first in the Southeast Division and seventh in the Eastern Conference.
The Heat and the Hawks stay in Miami for round two tonight as they close their four-game regular season series.
Miami will be without Kyle Lowry (knee), Nikola Jovic (back) and Kevin Love (knee) who are out with injuries.