HEAT Dominate OT, Down Hawks In Historic Outing

Jimmy Butler
Photo Credit: Issac Baldizon
by Joe Beguiristain

Well, this was one of the craziest games you’ll ever see.

Thanks to three 30-point scorers (yes, three) and multiple historic performances, the HEAT came back from a six-point deficit with 59.9 seconds left in regulation and defeated the Hawks 135-121 in overtime Tuesday night at AmericanAirlines Arena.

But enough with the pleasantries.

Let’s get right to it.

1. Robinson Makes History

Duncan Robinson has had some great games this season, but what he did Tuesday had only been done two other times in franchise history.

If you haven’t figured it out by now, Robinson tied a HEAT record with 10 made treys, joining Brian Shaw and Mario Chalmers.

And while the 25-year-old moved well off the ball and utilized screens effectively all evening, we can’t forget about this superb block on Cam Reddish in transition earlier in the contest:


When it was all said and done, Robinson tallied a career-high 34 points (17 in the fourth quarter and overtime period combined) on 12-of-16 shooting, including 10-of-14 from deep, a career-high four assists, three rebounds and that block above.

2. Bam Records First Triple-Double

With how much Bam Adebayo impacts everything, it was only a matter of time before he notched a triple-double.

And it all came together versus Atlanta.

Due to some solid screen handoffs, nifty finishes and powerful jams, Adebayo recorded his first 30-point game and triple-double of his career.

Above all else, though, this and-one bucket against Vince Carter in overtime was one of his coolest plays of the game:

Of course, Adebayo really showed his versatility at the end of the first half as well.

In a little over a minute of game time, the 22-year-old did the following:

Offensive rebound and huge one-handed jam.

Trap, deflection and steal on Trae Young leading to a fantastic pass to Jimmy Butler.

Coast-to-coast finish.

Watch them all here:


In all, Adebayo had a career-high 30 points on 13-of-18 shooting, 11 rebounds, a game and career-high 11 assists and two steals.

3. Butler Sticks With It

Although Butler struggled with his shot in the beginning of the fourth quarter, he came through with the most important make of the night to tie the game and eventually force overtime.

(Also note the remarkable block by Derrick Jones Jr. on DeAndre' Bembry.)

Yup, Butler’s reaction says it all.

Naturally, the 30-year-old vet also set up his teammates like only he can and crashed the glass.

As a result, he had yet another triple-double with 20 points on 8-of-19 shooting, a game and career-high 18 rebounds and 10 assists.

Other Takeaways:

-So…there was one more guy who set a career-high on Tuesday.

His name?

Kendrick Nunn.

As usual, K9 scored from all three levels and posted a career-high 36 points, which was one shy of the HEAT rookie record.

In particular, he really got hot in the third quarter with 13 points on 4-of-8 shooting, including this tough drive and finish that sealed the career mark:

In addition to his game and career-high 36 points on 14-of-26 shooting, Nunn also amassed a career-high six rebounds, four assists and a steal.

-Jones Jr. played hard-nosed defense on Young in the second half and finished with nine points on 4-of-9 shooting, seven rebounds, two assists, one steal and that aforementioned block above.

Game Notes:

-This was the first time the HEAT had two players record a triple-double in the same game.

-James Johnson (Illness) did not play.

-Goran Dragić (Right Groin Strain), Dion Waiters (Illness) and Justise Winslow (Lower Back Strain) were inactive.

Looking Ahead:

-The HEAT will conclude their homestand on Friday at 7PM against the Lakers. Tickets for that game at AmericanAirlines Arena can be found here.


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