By Adrian Stewart Co
Atlanta Hawks handed interim coach Nate McMillan a winning start as they toppled Miami Heat, 94-80, i
n the 2020-2021 NBA Season on Tuesday (Wednesday in the Philippines) at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida.
Trae Young tallied 18 points, with 13 coming in the fourth quarter, to go along with 10 assists and three rebounds as the Hawks halted its losing run to improve to 15-20.
John Collins added 17 markers, Kevin Huerter and Tony Snell had 16 and 11 points, respectively, while Clint Capela had 10 points and 17 rebounds for the Hawks, which appointed McMillan in lieu of fired Lloyd Pierce.
Despite Young’s struggles in the opening half, where he was limited by the Heat defense to two points, the Hawks still took 44-37 edge at the half before trailing at 66-63 lead in the third.
Young then got hot in the fourth quarter converting majority of his points as the Hawks surged to a double-digit edge over the Heat, which shot just 5 for 18 in the fourth canto.
Duncan Robinson and Goran Dragic each scored 14 points, while Bam Adebayo added 11 markers for the Heat, which missed a chance to get over .500 for the first time this season as they dropped to 17-18.
Meanwhile, Nikola Jokić had triple-double 37 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds as the Denver Nuggets cruised to a lopsided 128-97 win over Milwaukee Bucks.
Kemba Walker fired 25 points, including six triples, as the Boston Celtics edged the Kawhi Leonard-less Los Angeles Clippers, 117-112.
In other results, San Antonio Spurs prevailed over New York Knicks, 119-93; while Memphis Grizzlies took down Washington Wizards, 125-111.
ATLANTA 94 – Young 18, Collins 17, Huerter 16, Snell 11, Capela 10, Galllnari 8, Okongwu 6, Bogdanovic 5, Rondo 3, Hill 0.
MIAMI 80 – Robinson 14, Dragic 14, Adebayo 11, Herro 9, Vincent 9, Olynyk 7, Nunn 6, Strus 6, Iguodala 2, Achiuwa 2.
Quarterscores: 23-17, 44-37, 63-66, 94-80./ASC, WDJ