Heat use 22-0 late run to top Hawks, 135-121 in OT

Miami scored 22 straight points down the stretch to beat Atlanta 135-121 in overtime

ByTIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball Writer
December 10, 2019, 10:53 PM
Miami Heat guard Tyler Herro (14) controls the ball as Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (11) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Miami Heat guard Tyler Herro (14) controls the ball as Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (11) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
The Associated Press

MIAMI -- Duncan Robinson tied a franchise record with 10 3-pointers, Bam Adebayo and Jimmy Butler each had triple-doubles and the Miami Heat scored 22 unanswered points down the stretch to beat the Atlanta Hawks 135-121 in overtime on Tuesday night.

Kendrick Nunn scored 36 points, one off the Heat rookie record. Adebayo finished with a career-high 30 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists. Butler had 20 points, a career-high 18 rebounds and 10 assists.

And Robinson scored 34 points, on a night when the Heat moved to 11-0 at home.

They had to scramble to get there, down by six with less than a minute left in regulation. But Robinson and Butler made 3s late to tie the game, and the Heat opened overtime on a 16-0 run. It was the NBA’s widest margin of victory in an overtime game since Oct. 31, 2009, when Philadelphia beat New York 141-127.

De’Andre Hunter scored 28 points, and Trae Young added 21 points and nine assists for Atlanta — which fell to 0-3 against the Heat this season.

Vince Carter, in the 1,500th regular-season game of his career, scored 12 for the Hawks. Jabari Parker had 16 points and Cam Reddish added 12 for Atlanta.

The Hawks used a 13-0 run to take an eight-point lead early in the fourth, before the Heat clawed back and eventually tied the game at 111-111 on a 3-pointer by Robinson with 3:11 left.

Atlanta scored the next four to reclaim the lead, Butler missed a pair of free throws with 1:18 left and Alex Len had a dunk on the next Hawks possession for a 117-111 lead.

The rest was all Heat.

Miami started fast, racing out to a 25-10 lead in the first 6 minutes fueled in large part by four early 3-pointers by Robinson.

That’s when Carter checked in, and the Hawks found a groove.

Carter made three 3-pointers before the first quarter was over, most of the 15-point lead vanished quickly and it stayed relatively close the rest of the way. Miami’s lead was only 66-64 at the half, and Atlanta took a 96-93 lead into the fourth.


Hawks: Atlanta made 13 3-pointers in the first half, tying a team record set on three other occasions. The Hawks had only nine 2-pointers before intermission. ... Hunter returned to the starting lineup, and Cam Reddish played off the bench. ... Kevin Huerter remains on a minutes restriction of about 25 per night, though that isn’t expected to last much longer. He didn’t play in overtime.

Heat: Miami again played without four of its six highest-paid players. Goran Dragic (groin strain), Justise Winslow (back strain), James Johnson (illness) and Dion Waiters (illness) were out. Dragic is working toward a return. Winslow has missed 14 of Miami’s 24 games, Johnson has made only six appearances and Waiters has yet to play.


Barring a playoff meeting or trade, this was Carter’s final game in Miami. He appeared in Miami as an opponent 36 times including playoffs, tying Allan Houston for third-most all-time behind Paul Pierce’s 42 and Patrick Ewing’s 37. Carter’s 714 points are fourth-most of any opponent in Miami, behind Pierce’s 867, Ewing’s 754 and Michael Jordan’s 722.


The Heat threw a “Star Wars”-themed celebration, replete with lightsabers on the court during the pregame delivery of the game ball, Darth Vader patrolling around the arena and radio analyst Ruth Riley Hunter with her hair done like Princess Leia. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra is a fan of the sci-fi saga. “Every summer, the whole family gets together in Hawaii and we end up watching ‘Star Wars,’” Spoelstra said.


Hawks: Visit Chicago on Wednesday.

Heat: Host the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday.


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