NBA Basketball

Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Miami 36 28 33 27 124
Atlanta 32 31 27 39 129
4:30 PM PT5:30 PM MT6:30 PM CT7:30 PM ET0:30 GMT8:30 5:30 PM MST7:30 PM EST4:30 UAE (+1)01:3019:30 ET6:30 PM CT23:30 , February 20, 2020
State Farm Arena, Atlanta, Georgia  Attendance: 17,356

Heat look to start stretch run strong vs. Hawks

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Miami Heat at Atlanta Hawks

  1. Miami has won this season's first three meetings and is seeking its first season sweep of Atlanta since 2012-13. In the last matchup on December 10, the Heat won 135-121 in OT -- the first time a team won by 14 or more points in an OT game since October 31, 2009, when the 76ers beat the Knicks, 141-127.
  2. The Heat return to action after going 1-4 on a five-game trip against Western Conference teams. Miami is 23-7 (.767) against East teams and 12-12 (.500) against West clubs. That .267 difference in winning percentage is the largest in the NBA from a team's own conference to the other (own better).
  3. Miami is second in the NBA in three-point percentage at 37.8 and ranks first in opponents' three-point percentage at 33.7. Atlanta, meanwhile, is last in three-point shooting at 32.9 percent and is allowing teams to shoot 40.8 percent from deep this month -- fourth worst in the league. Miami is 23-3 when making more threes than its opponent -- only Milwaukee has a better record in such games at 25-2.
  4. Duncan Robinson made six, six, five and six three-pointers in Miami's final four games before the break. Those 23 three-pointers are tied for the most ever over a single-season four-game stretch in franchise history, matching Damon Jones from February 9-26, 2005.
  5. The Hawks went into the break with the team's second-worst pre-All-Star Game record since the franchise moved to Atlanta in 1968-69, beating out only the 2004-05 team that went 10-41. The Hawks have permitted at least 120 points in six of their last seven games and have allowed teams to reach the 120-point mark in a league-high 30 games.
  6. Trae Young has 1483 points through 50 games played -- the most points by a Hawk after 50 games since Dominique Wilkins had 1485 in 1992-93.

Two teams with disparate goals will meet for the final time this season on Thursday when the Miami Heat visit the Atlanta Hawks.

The Heat (35-19) start the final eight weeks of the season in fourth place in the Eastern Conference. Miami trails front-running Milwaukee by 11 games, but remains just 4.5 games behind second-place Toronto. Miami is 4-6 over the past 10 games.

The Hawks (15-41) are in 14th place in the Eastern Conference. They start the stretch run with the third-fewest wins in the league, 9.5 games out of the final playoff spot. Atlanta is 4-6 its past 10 games and lost its final two games before the All-Star break.

This will be the fourth meeting between the teams this season. Miami has won all three previous games and will try to sweep the series for the sixth time and first since 2012-13. The Heat won 135-121 in overtime in the most recent meeting on Dec. 10.

Miami was represented by six players at the All-Star Weekend. Rookie Kendrick Nunn scored 16 to help Team USA win the Rising Stars Challenge. Derrick Jones Jr. won the Slam Dunk Contest, and Bam Adebayo won the Skills Challenge. In the All-Star Game, Adebayo finished with eight points and two rebounds and Jimmy Butler had four points and two rebounds.

"(Being an All-Sttar) hit me toward the end of the game," Adebayo said. "Just looking down the bench and on the court, you start to realize, 'I'm an All-Star.' It's a great experience for me. Just looking forward to being back in this thing. It's a good experience for everybody."

Miami's Tyler Herro had to sit out the Rising Stars Challenge because of a right foot injury that caused him to miss the final five games before the break. Herro said last week that doctors said the boot he was wearing will be removed this week and his return will be sooner than expected.

"There's no more pain at this point," Herro said. "It's just being able to rest it and making sure the problem doesn't come back up."

Atlanta's Trae Young is coming off a successful - and busy - All-Star Weekend. He had 18 points and a team-high seven assists in the Rising Stars Challenge, participated in the 3-point contest and posted a double-double (10 points, 10 assists) in the All-Star Game. He made a shot from halfcourt to end the first half and set off a raucous celebration.

"They were all hyped for me," Young said. "Then I saw Joel (Embiid) just start running toward me and I had to try to run away. I didn't want to get tackled by him."

Young will try to pick up where he left off before the break. He is averaging 29.7 points, 9.2 assists and 4.4 rebounds in 50 games. Those numbers are better than those posted during his rookie season, when he averaged 19.1 points, 8.1 assists and 3.7 rebounds.

Young's numbers against Miami haven't been great. In six career appearances against the Heat, Young is averaging 16.7 points and 7.7 assists. He is averaging 13 points in two games against Miami this season.

--Field Level Media

Updated February 19, 2020

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