The Miami Heat, who play host to the Atlanta Hawks for a second straight game on Tuesday night, have not looked like a championship team for much of this season. Perhaps it was a hangover from the summer of 2020, when the Heat perfectly handled the COVID-19 pandemic "bubble" to advance all the way to the NBA Finals, where they lost to the Los Angeles Lakers. This season, the Heat were out of the playoff picture at 11-17 before catching fire with six straight wins, evening their record on Sunday for the first time since they were 4-4.
Atlanta Hawks (14-20, 11th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Miami Heat (17-17, fifth in the Eastern Conference) Miami; Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: Miami will try to keep its five-game home win streak alive when the Heat face Atlanta. The Heat are 9-11 in conference play. Miami is 12-3 when winning the rebound battle and averages 42.9 rebounds per game. The Hawks are 9-12 against Eastern Conference opponents. Atlanta ranks ninth in the Eastern Conference with 34.4 defensive rebounds per game led by Clint Capela averaging 9.2. The teams meet for the second game in a row. TOP PERFORMERS: Bam Adebayo is shooting 56.7% and averaging 19.5 points. Andre Iguodala is shooting 46.0% and averaging 5.4 points over the last 10 games for Miami. Capela leads the Hawks with 14.1 rebounds and averages 14.9 points. Trae Young is averaging 26.2 points and 4.3 rebounds while shooting 44.4% over the last 10 games for Atlanta. LAST 10 GAMES: Heat: 7-3, averaging 109.6 points, 45.6 rebounds, 27.5 assists, 7.4 steals and 3.9 blocks per game while shooting 46.1% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 107.2 points on 44.8% shooting. Hawks: 3-7, averaging 113.9 points, 43.2 rebounds, 23.5 assists, eight steals and 4.6 blocks per game while shooting 46.8% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 117.4 points on 50.2% shooting. INJURIES: Heat: Jimmy Butler: out (knee), Avery Bradley: out (calf), Gabe Vincent: day to day (knee), Meyers Leonard: out for season (shoulder). Hawks: De'Andre Hunter: out (right knee), Kris Dunn: out (ankle/knee), Cameron Reddish: out (achilles), Bogdan Bogdanovic: out (knee). ___ The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar. The Associated Press
The Heat defeated the Hawks, 109-99. Bam Adebayo led the Heat with 16 points, 13 rebounds and five assists, while Kendrick Nunn added 24 points and seven assists in the victory. John Collins recorded 34 points and 10 rebounds for the Hawks, while Trae Young tallied 15 points, eight rebounds and nine assists in the losing effort. The Heat improve to 17-17 on the season, while the Hawks fall to 14-20.