Kendrick Nunn leads Heat to 106-97 victory over the Hawks.

The Miami Heat defeated the Atlanta Hawks 106-97 in back to back games.  The Hawks played their first game of the season without Trae Young.  The Heat went into halftime with a 52-46 lead.  Rookie Kendrick Nunn got hot with 12 points in the third quarter.  Nunn scored a career high 28 points and became the first rookie since Kevin Durant to score 100 points in his first five games.

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Meyers Leonard had 16 points, 8 rebounds and 2 blocks for the Heat.  Jimmy Butler shot poorly from the field, but made up for it with 5 points, 9 rebounds, 11 assists and 6 steals for Miami.  Jabari Parker led the Hawks off the bench with 23 points and 8 rebounds.  DeAndre’ Bembry came off the bench also for the Hawks with 18 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists.  Hawks Rookies Cam Reddish and DeAndre Hunter combined to shoot 3-of-20 from the field and combined to score 13 points.

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The Heat had five players to score in double figures and they had more blocks and steals than the Hawks.  The Hawks are 2-3 now and have lost three games in a row.  The Heat improve to 4-1 now with two wins in a row, both of them against the Hawks.

 

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