Herro’s 21 points lead Heat past the free-falling Hawks, 115-91

ATLANTA – Tyler Herro and other young Miami players are finding ways to keep the Heat a winner without some of their biggest names.

Herro scored 21 points and Miami scored the first 16 of the second half to open a close game as the Heat capped a successful road trip by beating the Atlanta Hawks 115-91 on Wednesday night.

Herro added 11 assists to lead Miami’s balanced offensive on the penalty kill. Caleb Martin had 18 points and the Heat closed a 4-2 trip with three wins to remain among the leaders in the Eastern Conference.

Miami had six players on its inactive roster, including leading scorer Jimmy Butler, who missed his third straight game with a sprained right ankle.

“I think what this team has learned to do is just keep having to find a way to win with different lineups and different people,” said Duncan Robinson, who had 14 points.

“We also had to find different ways to win. I think it also shows our depth in general.

Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said his players haven’t used injuries and COVID-19 protocols as reasons they shouldn’t win.

“We’ve just lived in a world and a profession right now where there’s just been an inordinate amount of moving parts and our guys have handled that really well,” Spoelstra said. “I give them a lot of credit. “

John Collins led Atlanta with 16 points. Trae Young was 15.

The Hawks scored the first seven points of the fourth quarter, reducing Miami’s lead to 88-75. Atlanta again shot in the 13 with about five minutes left, but Herro responded with a 3-pointer.

Miami’s Max Strus scored the first eight points of the second half, including two from 3 points. After leading 56-51 at halftime, Miami extended the lead to 72-51 with a 16-0 streak. The Heat’s biggest lead was 75-53.

After tying their franchise record with 22 3s in Saturday night’s 123-100 win at Phoenix, Miami delivered more long-range shots with 16 3s.

The Hawks (17-23) have lost three straight games and seven of nine. They started on the night of the 12th in the East. Defense continues to be a constant weakness for coach Nate McMillan’s side, who led 27-21 after the first quarter.

“They do a good job of having you defend late on the shot clock and we just weren’t disciplined enough to defend late,” said McMillan, who was back on the bench after missing four straight games. test positive for COVID-19.

“I think we did a good job in the first quarter defending them.… You have to maintain that.”

After a 2-4 trip highlighted the team’s need for a turnaround one season after qualifying for the Eastern Conference Finals, the Hawks started a crucial streak during of which they play 10 of the 12 home games.

De’Andre Hunter scored 15 points for Atlanta, including 13 in the first half, on his return after missing two months following right wrist surgery.

ADVICE

Heat: C Dewayne Dedmon (sprained left knee) returned after missing seven games. … F Markieff Morris was detained after entering health and safety protocols on Monday.

Hawks: C Clint Capela (sprained left ankle) and F Cam Reddish (sprained right ankle) were not available. … Capela ranks third in the NBA with 13.1 rebounds per game, and he left a void as Miami claimed a 54-37 advantage on the boards. … F Jalen Johnson was inactive after being recalled from the G League College Park Skyhawks. G Skylar Mays transferred to College Park.

BIG BOUNCING ROKIE

Heat center Omer Yurtseven had 13 points and 10 rebounds. The rookie has double-digit rebounds in 12 straight games, but couldn’t extend his four-game streak with at least 16 rebounds.

BACK TO THE BENCH

McMillan said “I’m doing better” upon returning from the positive COVID-19 test.

“A few days ago there was a fatigue factor, a little cough, the symptoms that everyone is having,” McMillan said before the game. “I’m back and can’t wait to start working here. “

FOLLOWING

Just two days after the first meeting of the season between rivals in the Southeast Division, Miami returns home to host Atlanta on Friday night.

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