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The stars were out in Miami. Drake sat at the edge of the yard. Golfer Brooks Koepka had prime spots.

They came to see a show.

The Heat kept them waiting until the end, but they didn’t disappoint.

Tyler Herro scored 11 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter, Jimmy Butler came back from a three-game absence with a sprained ankle to add 23 and the Heat rallied to beat the Atlanta Hawks 124-118 on Friday evening – moving into a Chicago game for first place in the Eastern Conference.

“I love the spirit of our group,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said after his team hit a season-high 12 games over .500 and won its fourth straight game.

Omer Yurtseven finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds for Miami. PJ Tucker scored 17 points and Max Strus added 16 — all in the first quarter — for the Heat. But it was the defense that won; Miami forced Atlanta to more fourth-quarter turnovers (7) than field goals (6).


Miami Heat guard Tyler Herro (14) heads for the basket as Atlanta Hawks guard Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, left, defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, January 14 2022, in Miami.
(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

“When the game is on the line, we have guys stepping in,” Butler said.

Trae Young had 24 points for Atlanta, which rebounded 17 early and trailed 10 in the second half before letting it slip away. De’Andre Hunter scored 20 points, Danilo Gallinari added 18, John Collins 16 and Kevin Huerter 15.

Atlanta didn’t have a field goal in the final 3:13, shooting just 30% in the final quarter.

“We just made a few mistakes down the stretch,” Hawks coach Nate McMillan said. “We didn’t execute offensively, had a few bad fouls, gave up a few loose balls – those 50-50 balls, we got them back – and we just didn’t execute. We just didn’t execute in this fourth quarter and it cost us tonight.”

Herro hit a pair of free throws with 46 seconds left to give Miami the lead.

Miami led 30-13 early, then gave up 57 points in the final 16 minutes of the half. Atlanta scored 40 goals in the second quarter alone, becoming the first team to score that many in one quarter against the Heat this season.

“We played a pretty good game to win this game,” McMillan said. “Now we have to build from this.”

But the seeds of Miami’s comeback were sown in the closing seconds of the third quarter. Atlanta was poised to take a 10-point lead in the final quarter after Gallinari made a 3-pointer to make it 99-89 with 13.7 seconds into the third.

The Heat had other ideas.

Herro made a 3-pointer with 8.5 seconds left, Dewayne Dedmon made a pair of free throws after being fouled as he scrambled for a rebound with 1.9 ticks remaining – and in l Within 6.6 seconds, Miami had halved a double-digit deficit.

And it took until the final seconds, but the Heat finished it.

“We just have to get every possible win, ugly or not,” Strus said.


Hawks: Atlanta will host New York on Saturday, the first game between the teams since this week’s trade that sent Cam Reddish to the Knicks. The Knicks say Reddish (ankle) won’t play Saturday. … The Hawks became the first team in the Heat’s last 53 home games to score 70 points over Miami at halftime. Atlanta’s lead was 70-64 at the break.

Heat: Miami has played 25 of its first 41 road games, and Friday began a streak where the Heat will play eight of nine at home. …Yurtseven had gauze stuffed into his left nostril to stop bleeding after taking a hit early in the first quarter and Strus suffered a laceration under his right eye after taking an elbow from Collins in the third quarter.


Saturday will be the 22nd straight game that Miami center Bam Adebayo will miss as he recovers from thumb surgery. It may be the last. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said Friday that Adebayo was doing “three-day practices just because he had so much extra energy.” But Spoelstra would not commit to a Monday comeback against Toronto, only conceding that “he’ll be back soon enough”.


The Heat (15-for-16) and Hawks (17-for-17) combined to shoot 32-for-33 from the foul line in the first half. It was the best combined shot of the strip in the first half, with that many marks, as Indiana and Detroit also went 32 for 33 in the first 24 minutes of a game on December 13, 2006.


Hawks: Host New York on Saturday night.

Heat: Philadelphia host Saturday night..

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