March 31, 2023

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NBA: Jimmy Butler on show, Heat easily beats Atlanta to open 3-1 in series |  NBA

NBA: Jimmy Butler on show, Heat easily beats Atlanta to open 3-1 in series | NBA

The Miami Heat had no problem going 110-86 at the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday night in Atlanta and opening 3-1 in the best of a seven-game streak of the NBA Opening Playoffs. Jimmy Butler was the show’s leader with 36 points and 10 rebounds. On the other hand, Trae Young scored only 9 points, with three baskets in 11 court attempts in 35 minutes.

For the Heat, Bam Adebayo center teamed up with 14 points and 8 rebounds, the same as PJ Tucker’s number. Max Strauss scored 12 points, and Gabe Vincent added 11 points, and the second quarter, in which he scored 30 points, and limited the opponent to 15 points, was key to Miami’s victory, which ended the regular season with first place in the Eastern Conference.

Jimmy Butler celebrates a triple pointer – Photo: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

For the Hawks, Deandre Hunter was the top scorer with 24 points. Kevin Knox scored 12 off the bench and John Collins scored another 11. The team made 30 shots out of 75 (40%) attempts from the field. Miami had the most shots and hits 40 out of 92 (43.4%).

Clint Capella returned from a knee injury and played 21 minutes for the Hawks with two points and 7 rebounds. On the other hand, Miami did not have guard Kyle Lowry, due to a hamstring injury. The player will be re-evaluated and may be available for the next duel, on Tuesday, at 20:00 BST.

Game 1 (17/04) – Heat 115 × 91 hawks
Game 2 (04/19) – Heat 115 × 105 falcons
Game 3 (22/04) – Falcons 111 × 110 heat
Game 4 (04/24) – Hawks 86× 110 heat
Game 5 (04/26) – 20 hours – Heat vs Hawks, in Miami
Game 6 (28/04) – TBD – Hawks vs Heat, Atlanta *
Game 7 (04/30) – TBD – Heat x Hawks, Miami*
* If necessary

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