Friday, October 07, 2022

Butler has 36 points as Heat over Young, Hawks, 110-86

Miami used team defense to suppress Atlanta’s Trey Young and then leaned on Jimmy Butler to take the scoring lead.

Butler scored 13 of his 36 points in the second quarter as the Heat beat the Hawks 110-86, while closing out Young again on Sunday night to take a 3-1 series lead.

Miami could end a first-round series in Game 5 in Miami on Tuesday night.

Miami ended Atlanta’s six-game home winning streak despite playing without point guard Kyle Lowry, who was held up with a left hamstring strain. Butler said some of his motivation to take the scoring lead was the need to fill the void left by Lowry’s injury.

“Everyone’s in my ear about staying aggressive, taking more shots,” Butler said. “Tonight was a good night. We’ve got another one we have to get.”

Butler got off to a slow start. He made only 1 of 7 shots before hitting his last five shots of the first half to lead the turnaround.

Miami led Atlanta 30–15 in the second period, catching the Hawks in the lowest-scoring season for the period.

Butler made 10 rebounds, four assists and blocked a shot.

Young scored only nine points with five assists and five turnovers as Miami’s defense closed him out for the second time in four games. Young had eight points in Miami’s 115–91 Game 1 win.

“They’re doing a great job of showing help and not letting me get into color,” Young said. “You have to give them credit. We have to do a better job of figuring out how to open up to the looks that I can create for my teammates and myself.”

Miami overtook Atlanta 47-26 in the paint.

“They basically put us on the periphery,” Hawks coach Nate McMillan said.

D’Andre Hunter led the Hawks with 24 points.

Gabe Vincent had 11 points, while his fill-in debut for Lowry sank three 3-pointers, who strained his hamstrings in the third quarter on Friday night in a 111-110 loss to the Hawks. Lori’s status for Game 5 is not known.

Vincent also led the defensive effort against Young.

The Hawks led 37–29, before Miami took control 15–0 in the second period.

A key in the heat of the heat came on Butler’s steal from Collins, who fouled Butler’s score and then made a free throw. It was Collins’ third foul.

A 15-0 run capped by Vincent’s 3-pointer left Miami with a 44-37 lead. The heats were not through, closing the half with an 11-0 run for a 55-41 lead at the break.

Butler drives through the Atlanta defense for two late baskets in the half after Collins left the game with four fouls with 1:54 remaining. Collins, who scored 11 points, finished with five fouls.

Miami led 98–74 when McMillan knocked out Young and his other starters.


Heat: PJ Tucker had 14 points and eight rebounds. Tucker was called up for a technical glitch after tensions escalated after being fouled by Oneka Onkongwu at the end of the third quarter. … Bam Adebayo also had 14 points and eight rebounds.

Hawks: c Clint Capella began the first three games of the series after missing a right knee with hyperextension. Capella had five rebounds and only two points in the first 8 minutes. He finished with seven rebounds. … Hawks made only 5 out of 11 free throws in the first half and 11 out of 20 free throws overall.

fear of injury

Young walked to the floor in pain during the opening period after Vincent stepped on his left foot. Young won and was slow to get up on his feet but remained in the game.

“It hurts a little bit,” Young said after the game. “I’ve definitely rolled it out a little bit.”

Oladipo is ready when called

Victor Oladipo played 23 minutes, scored six points with eight rebounds and four assists in his first appearance of the playoff series for Miami.

“I really admire him for his persistence,” said Miami coach Eric Spoelstra.

It was Oladipo’s first action since scoring 40 points with 10 rebounds and seven assists on April 10 against Orlando in the Heat’s final regular season game.

“I was ready regardless,” Oladipo said when asked if he had been told before the game that he would play time. “Nobody has to tell me anything.”


Miami will look to extend their three-match home win streak over Atlanta, including the first two games of the series in Game 5. Overall, the Heat are 5-2 at home against the Hawks this season.


Butler has 36 points as Heat over Young, Hawks, 110-86

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