The Miami Heat earned a 124-118 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Friday to extend their win streak to four games.
The Heat got quality performances from a handful of players in the win, and P.J. Tucker was one of those guys. The veteran went for 17 points, four rebounds and two assists while shooting 5-for-8 from the field and 3-for-5 from deep.
Jimmy Butler certainly seemed to appreciate Tucker’s outing. Butler took to Instagram and gave the 36-year-old Tucker a funny shout-out.
Tucker is having an impressive campaign for Miami. He currently leads the league in 3-point shooting percentage, as he’s knocking down a whopping 47.2 percent of his shots from beyond the arc.
Butler is working on a great season himself, and he had a solid outing in the win on Friday. He earned a double-double by scoring 23 points and dishing 10 assists. He went 7-for-13 from the field.
It was a nice win for the Heat, who are now 27-15 on the season. The team is inching closer to the very top of the Eastern Conference. Right now, just one game separates the first-place Chicago Bulls and second-place Heat.
To make things even better, it seems like the Heat are on the verge of getting back an extremely important player in Bam Adebayo. Once that happens, Miami will become even more intimidating than it currently is.
Until then, the Heat will be back in action on Saturday for a matchup with the Philadelphia 76ers.
Heat rally falls short in 110-108 loss to Hawks
An exhilarating rally fell just short of a memorable road victory, as Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat ran a perfectly executed play that could have been the game winner against the host Atlanta Hawks. Instead, Butler’s close shot rolled off the rim and the Hawks held on for the 110-108 victory Friday night.
Miami only held a brief lead seconds into the game but Atlanta controlled most of the game until they nearly fell apart in the final six minutes. Duncan Robinson scored 12 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter, including a big 3-pointer that had them within six points with three minutes remaining and another that trimmed the lead to just one point with less than a minute remaining.
Young’s two free throws gave Atlanta their biggest lead of the night at 18 points near the end of the third quarter, but Miami showed resilience to get so frustratingly close to stealing the win. Unfortunately the Heat ran out of time with the margin of error so razor thin and every play needing to be executed perfectly. After two Butler free throws and Robinson’s 3 cut the deficit to one point, Butler curled off a screen at the top of the key and seemingly had the easy alley-oop basket that didn’t go in. Young split a pair of free throws, giving the Heat another opportunity to tie it or take the lead but the play went nowhere fast, ending with Butler missing a difficult 3-point shot attempt in the corner and Max Strus missing a fallaway putback jumper.
Even though they were outscored 34-22 in the final quarter, Atlanta held on to secure their third straight home victory and avoided losing to Miami for the third time in less than two weeks. Young scored 28 points and went 12-15 from the free throw line — earning more free throw attempts than the Heat as a team.
Kyle Lowry and Tyler Herro both were unavailable and PJ Tucker injured his left knee in the first quarter and did not return to the game.
Adebayo had another strong game, leading his team with 21 points while also grabbing six rebounds and dishing five assists. Max Strus scored 15 points off the bench, all in the first half. Butler contributed 13 points, eight rebounds and eight assists in 36 minutes. Gabe Vincent started once again and scored 14 points and had nine assists.
Miami returns home to host the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday at 6:00pm on NBA TV.
Video: Trae Young talks trash to Bam Adebayo, proceeds to break Duncan Robinson ankles and sink 3
Updated: January 21, 2022
The Miami Heat are looking to continue their ascent in the Eastern Conference standings tonight against the Atlanta Hawks.
— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) January 22, 2022
Adebayo recently returned after missing several weeks due to a thumb injury. Needless to say, he is a major part of Miami’s championship aspirations.
The Heat are currently tied with the Chicago Bulls for the top spot in the East, but the Bulls hold the tiebreaker.
Meanwhile, the Hawks, just one season removed from a surprise trip to the Eastern Conference Finals, are sputtering with a 19-25 record.
Young is having a banner season, as he’s averaging 27.9 points and 9.5 assists per game. His efficiency from the field has also improved significantly compared to last season.
As of this writing, the Heat are trailing the Hawks by a sizable margin in the fourth quarter. With Chicago battling the defending NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks, Miami has a great opportunity to perhaps take over first place in the conference.
Swim & Dive Hosts FGCU on Senior Day this Saturday
MIAMI (Jan. 21, 2022) – The FIU women’s swimming and diving team hosts its last home dual-meet of the season this Saturday, Jan. 22, when the Panthers welcome FGCU to the Biscayne Bay Aquatic Center on Senior Day.
The Panthers and Eagles are set to begin competition at 11 a.m. ET.
FIU will honor its nine seniors before the meet with the ceremony beginning at 10:30 a.m.
A live stream will be available via the FIU Athletics Facebook page. Live results can also be tracked via the Meet Mobile app through the Apple App Store or Google Play for Android users.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
The meet will run the standard 16 event format including two relays, 12 individual swimming events, as well as the 1-meter and 3-meter dives. The order of events is as follows:
200 Medley Relay
3m Diving (Will run concurrently with swimming)
400 Individual Medley
200 Freestyle Relay
FIU enters the competition with a 4-1 overall record in dual meets this year. In their last head-to-head competition, the Panthers defeated Marshall by a score of 178-122 (Dec. 17). Saturday’s contest will mark the second time FIU sees FGCU this season. Back on Nov. 6, FIU defeated FGCU on the road by a score of 189.5 to 110.5.
The Eagles have competed in three dual meets this season and dropped all of them, owning a 0-3 record on the year. Besides the result against FIU, the Eagles were also defeated by the Miami Hurricanes (100-198) and Vanderbilt (143-151).
FIU holds a four-meet win streak in dual contests against FGCU dating back to the 2018-19 season.
The Panthers hit the road next Saturday, Jan. 29, for a dual-meet against Conference USA foe FAU. Competition is set to begin at 11 a.m. ET in Boca Raton.
Get all the latest information on the team by following on Twitter (@FIUSwimDive), Facebook @FIUSwimmingandDiving) and on Instagram (@FIUSwimDive). General athletic news can also be found at @FIUSports on Facebook and @FIUAthletics on Twitter and Instagram.
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