NBA: Hawks edge Bam, Heat for 3rd straight victory

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Posted at Jan 22 2022 12:04 PM

Heat center Bam Adebayo passes the ball in front of Hawks forward John Collins during their game on January 21, 2022. Dale Zanine, USA Today Sports/Reuters
Heat center Bam Adebayo passes the ball in front of Hawks forward John Collins during their game on January 21, 2022. Dale Zanine, USA Today Sports/Reuters

Trae Young scored 28 points and Kevin Huerter added 21 and the Atlanta Hawks hung on to beat the visiting Miami Heat 110-108 on Friday and extend their winning streak to 3 games.

Atlanta nearly blew an 18-point second half lead when the Heat made 6 3s in the final quarter and pulled to within a point in the final minute.

Miami's Jimmy Butler missed an open layup on a lob with 22.8 seconds left that would have given Miami the lead. After Young made 1 of 2 free throws with 10.7 seconds remaining, Butler missed a 3-pointer from the corner with 5.4 seconds left that would have won the game. Miami's Max Strus grabbed the rebound but was falling away and his desperation follow-up shot wasn't close.

Young had 4 3-pointers and Huerter knocked down 5 from distance. John Collins had 15 points and 7 rebounds and De'Andre Hunter added 13 points and 10 rebounds.

Miami was led by Bam Adebayo with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and Duncan Robinson with 19, including 5 3s. Buter had 13 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists.

Miami has won 2 of 3 meetings with Atlanta.

After leading 31-30 at the end of the 1st quarter, the Hawks found their shooting touch and led by as many as 14 points. Atlanta shot 59.5 percent in the 1st half and got 16 points from Young to lead 60-51 at the break.

Miami was more intense on defense to open the second half and cut the lead to 4 points on a 3-pointer by Butler at 7:17. But the Hawks responded with an 11-2 run to re-establish a 13-point lead at 77-64. Atlanta took an 88-74 lead into the 4th quarter.

The Heat played without 2nd-leading scorer Tyler Herro (health and safety protocols) and Kyle Lowry (personal). The Hawks were without Bogdan Bogdanovic (right knee soreness) and Danilo Gallinari (right Achilles soreness).

The Hawks play again on Sunday at Charlotte. Miami returns home to start a 3-game homestand on Sunday against the Los Angeles Lakers.