16-0 third quarter flurry propels Heat past Hawks

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January 12, 2022; Atlanta, Georgia, United States; Miami Heat guard Kyle Lowry (7) dribbles the ball against Atlanta Hawks guard Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (7) during the first quarter at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Tyler Herro came off the bench to score 21 points and help the visiting Miami Heat to a 115-91 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday.

The Heat opened the game scoring the first 16 points of the third quarter and led by 19 going into the last quarter.

Herro shot 9 for 19, tied his career high with 11 assists and came close to a rebound from a triple-double. Caleb Martin added 18 points and 10 rebounds, Duncan Robinson and Gabe Vincent each scored 14 points and Omer Yurtseven had 13 points and 10 rebounds.

John Collins led Atlanta with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Trae Young scored 15 points on a 4-on-15 shot, and Bogdan Bogdanovic also scored 15 points.

The Hawks have returned forward De’Andre Hunter to the roster for the first time since Nov. 12, when he injured his right wrist. He scored 15 points, 13 in the first half.

Miami went 4-2 to wrap up their road trip, and also postponed a game in San Antonio due to COVID.

Atlanta has lost three games in a row and lost nine of 12. The Hawks are 8-10 at home and haven’t won at home since Nov. 22.

It was the first meeting between the two teams this season. They replay Friday in Miami.

Atlanta led 44-39 over Bogdanovic’s 3 points with five minutes remaining in the first half, but the Heat closed the half by edging the Hawks 17-7 and taking a 56-51 lead in the break. .

The Heat scored seven 3 points in the first half, including six in the second quarter. Herro scored 16 and Robinson, who made three treys, scored 12 in the half.

Miami’s Max Strus scored the first eight points of the third quarter, including a pair of 3s, on the 16-0 streak.

Atlanta coach Nate McMillan returned to the bench after missing a handful of games due to league health and safety protocol, but Clint Capela missed his second game with a sprained right ankle.

–Field level media

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