NBA playoffs

Hot-shooting Heat take Game 1 vs Hawks

Hot-shooting Heat take Game 1 vs Hawks

NO SURPRISE. Jimmy Butler and the Hawks prove why they are the No. 1 team in the East.

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The Heat put the shackles on Hawks star Trae Young on the way to a 24-point rout in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference playoff series

Duncan Robinson poured in 27 points off the bench and Jimmy Butler tallied 21 points as the Miami Heat opened their Eastern Conference first-round playoff series against the visiting Atlanta Hawks with a 115-91 romp on Sunday, April 17 (Monday, April 18, Manila time).

Miami, which is the No. 1 seed in the East, made 18 of 38 of its three-point shots, with Robinson hitting on 8 of his 9 attempts and going 9-for-10 overall from the field.

PJ Tucker, who had 16 points, was 4-for-4 on threes.

Game 2 is set for Tuesday night in the same building.

The Heat held Hawks scoring leader Trae Young to 8 points, though he did not play in the fourth quarter. He shot 1-for-13 from the field, missed all 7 of his three-point attempts and committed 6 turnovers.

Danilo Gallinari’s 17 points paced Atlanta. De’Andre Hunter had 14 points for the Hawks, while John Collins and Kevin Knox II each added 10 points. Atlanta benefited from 23-for-27 shooting on free throws.

Miami was playing for the first time in a week, while the Hawks had a home romp past Charlotte Wednesday and a comeback at Cleveland Friday during the play-in tournament to secure the No. 8 seed in the conference.

Kyle Lowry supplied 10 points and 9 assists for Miami, which was charted for only 4 offensive rebounds. That came largely because the Heat shot 52.4% from the field compared to Atlanta’s 38.7%.

Miami was clearly better in what became a first-half shooting contest, draining 10 of 19 attempts from three-point range. The Hawks were 2-for-18 on threes before the break.

Robinson was the only Heat player in double figures through the first half with 11 points. Gallinari had 14 points for Atlanta, but Young was held to 8 points, with 1-for-9 shooting on threes.

Miami’s last four field goals of the first half came on three-pointers, with Gabe Vincent connecting on a pair of those. –