MIAMI (AP) — Duncan Robinson set a franchise playoff document with eight 3-pointers, and the Miami Heat pressured Trae Young into matching the worst-shooting recreation of his profession on the way in which to a 115-91 win over the Atlanta Hawks in Game 1 of an Eastern Conference first-round sequence Sunday.
Young went 1 for 12, matching his effort in opposition to Chicago on Jan. 23, 2019.
Game 2 is Tuesday.
Robinson broke the document of seven 3s that he beforehand shared with Damon Jones and Mike Miller.
He could not miss. The Hawks, properly, they could not make.
Young was 0 for 7 from 3-point vary and completed with simply eight factors, a season-low. Bogdan Bogdanovic missed all eight of his pictures, and the Hawks by no means led outdoors of a quick edge within the opening minutes.
Butler revealed the Heat recreation plan on the subject of defending Young: “Just make it bodily on him, problem each shot, preserve him off the free throw line and make him move,” he said.
Atlanta went 3-0 in Game 1s last year, all three of those wins on the road, coming by two, four and three points, respectively.
That was then.
This was one-sided by halftime. The Heat set the tone by forcing Atlanta into a 1-for-11 start from the field — free throws were the only thing keeping the game close for much of the first half — and Miami took a 59-40 lead into the break.
A 3-pointer from Kevin Huerter early in the second got Atlanta within 26-20. A 15-6 Heat run, capped by a 3-pointer from Lowry, pushed the lead out to 41-26, and another 3 from Lowry later in the quarter made it 53-34.
Gallinari made a 3-pointer to open the second half, getting the Hawks within 16. And that was as close as the Hawks got. Miami controlled the rest of the third, turning things into a complete runaway.
It was 86-60 after three, the Hawks managing only one more point through 36 minutes than Miami had through 24, and the outcome was decided.
Hawks: The 19-point halftime deficit was Atlanta’s second-largest of the season. Atlanta trailed Chicago by 21 at the break on Dec. 29. … Atlanta was playing less than 36 hours after arriving in Miami following its play-in victory at Cleveland on Friday. The Hawks got settled in Miami around 3 a.m. Saturday, and Sunday had a 1 p.m. start.
Heat: Butler — one of the best free-throw shooters in the NBA — started 0 for 3 from the line, the first time he’s done that in his first three Heat seasons. … Tucker, Lowry and Max Strus all got their first Miami playoff starts. There have now been 69 players all-time to start a playoff game for the Heat.
Robinson’s eight 3s were the second-most in NBA playoff history by a reserve. Jason Terry had nine for Dallas in a 2011 win over the Los Angeles Lakers. J.R. Smith had eight for Cleveland in a 2015 game, also against Atlanta.
GAME 1 HISTORY
Miami improved to 26-22 all-time in Game 1s, including 20-7 at home — and 12-2 at home when playing host to a Game 1 in Round 1. Atlanta fell to 37-41 all-time in Game 1s, a figure that includes a handful of one-game playoffs from the league’s early days.
Collins (foot, finger injuries) played for the first time in 19 games. He was 4 for 6 in 21 minutes, with the Hawks needing extra depth inside with Clint Capela out with a right knee injury.
Game 2 is Tuesday in Miami.
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