MIAMI: The Miami Heat engineered a 58-point turnaround against the Milwaukee Bucks in 24 hours.

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Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (No. 11) defends against Brooklyn Nets guard Joe Harris (center) as Nets center Jarrett Allen watches during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game on Dec. 30, 2020 (December 31 in Manila) in New York. AP PHOTO

And just like that, an embarrassing loss was avenged.

Goran Dragic scored 26 points off the bench; Bam Adebayo finished with 22 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds; and the Heat beat the Bucks 119-108 on Wednesday night (Thursday in Manila) — one day after Milwaukee made an NBA-record 29 3-pointers on the way to a 47-point romp on Miami’s home floor.

Tyler Herro scored 21 points and grabbed a career-best 15 rebounds for Miami, which trailed by 14 ear-ly in the second half and rallied to get a split of the two-game, two-night series against the team that finished with the NBA’s best record in each of the past two regular seasons.

Giannis Antetokounmpo had a triple-double — 26 points, 13 rebounds, 10 assists — for the Bucks. Donte DiVincenzo scored 15 and Jrue Holiday 13 for Milwaukee, while Khris Middleton was held to eight on 3-for-15 shooting.

Avery Bradley scored 16 and Kelly Olynyk had 15 for Miami.

Milwaukee’s lead was 72-58 early in the second half, 84-73 with 3:44 left in the third. It was all Miami from there, with the Heat — who were without Jimmy Butler for a second straight game because of a sprained right ankle — outscoring the Bucks 40-15 over the next 12 minutes

Herro beat the third-quarter buzzer with a 3-pointer to get Miami within three, Dragic opened the final quarter with another 3 to tie it and the Heat, who trailed by as many as 51 on Tuesday, took the lead for good on a 3 by Olynyk with 9:04 left.

From the outset, it was nothing like Tuesday’s Milwaukee romp.

Milwaukee had 21 points after four minutes Tuesday; the Bucks were held to four in the first four minutes Wednesday. The Bucks had 46 points after one quarter Tuesday; they had 45 in the first 19 minutes on Wednesday.

And eventually, the Heat found a way to end 2020 with a win.


Bucks: Brook Lopez, arguing that Adebayo flopped for a foul in the first half, theatrically fell to the court before Adebayo took the ensuing free throws. … Pat Connaughton scored 12 and Bobby Portis had 11 for Milwaukee.
Heat: Andre Iguodala got his first start as a member of the Heat, meaning for the 17th consecutive year — 2004 through 2020 — he has started at least one game. … Miami used 11 players in the first quarter alone.

2020 Record

Milwaukee finished the calendar year 33-20 (28-15 regular season, 5-5 playoffs). Miami finished 2020 at 36-29 (22-22 regular season, 14-7 playoffs).

4 for 4

The Heat have used four starting lineups in their first four games, a franchise first. The only other teams to use four lineups in four games this season: Cleveland and Minnesota. The Bucks have had the same starters in all five games.

Up next

Bucks: Host Chicago on Friday.

Heat: Visit Dallas on Friday.

Irving gets hot in fourth as Nets outscore Hawks 145-141

Kyrie Irving shook off three rough quarters to score 17 of his 25 points in the fourth, Kevin Durant had 33 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists, and the Brooklyn Nets handed the Atlanta Hawks their first loss with a 145-141 victory on Wednesday night.

In the opener of a two-game series between the teams that was almost entirely about offense — the third game in Nets franchise where both teams had 100 points through three quarters — Irving couldn’t get into the act. He was just 3 for 16 from the field and getting badly outplayed by point guard counterpart Trae Young.

But he made three 3-pointers in the final period after missing all seven through three as the Nets ral-lied to win after dropping two straight following their 2-0 start.

Young had 30 points, 11 assists and six rebounds, and John Collins had 30 points and 10 rebounds. But it wasn’t enough for the Hawks, who had won their first three for the first time since 2016.

Bogdan Bogdanovic made six 3-pointers and scored 22 points and Cam Reddish had 20 for the Hawks, who led for most of the first three quarters but never by too much because the Nets — except Irving — were just as hot.

Brooklyn put seven players in double figures, with Joe Harris adding 23 points.

The teams play again in Brooklyn on Friday night.


Hawks: Danilo Gallinari, who missed the last two games with a bruised left foot, came off the bench in this one but played only five minutes before leaving with a sprained right ankle. … Coach Lloyd Pierce wasn’t sure how the Hawks planned to spend New Year’s Eve in New York. “We’re definitely not going anywhere. But depending on what’s allowed, we’ll have a team dinner, maybe some champagne or something in the hotel, but it won’t be anything extensive,” he said. “We’re in New York, it’s a busi-ness trip, middle of a pandemic, I think we’ll be smart and do what we continually need to do.”
Nets: Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot started in place of the injured Spencer Dinwiddie and had 3 points. He made his first start Monday against Memphis and scored 21 points. … Coach Steve Nash said F/C Nicolas Claxton, sidelined by a right knee injury, is improving, but he thought still weeks away from being ready to return.

Teammates together

Nash hosted Pierce on his college visit to Santa Clara, where they played together for two years and became close friends. Pierce said some of their teammates had a group text going in advance of the game and noted the slim odds of two guys from a mid-major college coaching in the NBA against each other. Nash said he was proud of all Pierce’s accomplishments, praising his work on voting and civil rights initiatives in Georgia. “He’s inspired me and to get a chance to coach against him is really special,” Nash said.

Up next

The teams play again Friday at Barclays Center.

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