MIAMI – Miami reserve Duncan Robinson scored a profession playoff excessive 27 factors and the Heat defensively dominated Atlanta for a 115-91 victory in an NBA playoff collection opener on Sunday.
Robinson sparkled by making 9-of-10 photographs, together with 8-of-9 from 3-point vary, whereas Jimmy Butler added 21 factors and P.J. Tucker contributed 16 for the Heat, who seized a 1-0 lead within the best-of-seven first spherical collection.
“We saw the confident Duncan,” Butler stated. “He doesn’t care what anybody thinks. He saw some threes and he made them and that’s what we need from him.”
The Hawks and their star guard Trae Young suffered via a depressing evening towards Miami’s protection.
Young went 1-of-12 from the ground, 0-of-7 from 3-point vary, and had a season-low eight factors.
“Just make it physical on him, challenge every shot, make him pass,” Butler stated of the Heat’s technique to shut down Young. “He can score in bunches and we don’t want him to do that.”
Atlanta opened with its worst-shooting quarter and worst-shooting half of the season. Although they began 3-of-17 from the ground, the Hawks trailed solely 23-17 after the primary.
Miami surged forward within the second quarter to a 59-40 halftime lead.
Young was solely 1-of-9 within the first half because the Hawks went 11-for-38.
Asked if their defensive scheme had labored completely, Butler admitted, “We were really close. They missed a lot of shots.”
The Hawks welcomed again ahead John Collins, who missed the previous 18 video games with foot and finger sprains, however have been with out star large man Clint Capela, out with a proper knee harm.
Later opening video games Sunday discovered Brooklyn at Boston, Chicago at defending champion Milwaukee and New Orleans at Phoenix.
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