Atlanta does not lift its head. The Georgia franchise continues to struggle and last night added its eighth loss in the last ten games on the Miami court, a bad dynamic that leaves them three and a half games behind the positions of play in…
In Florida they competed, and at times it seemed that victory was close, but they ended up giving up. Despite starting down by up to 16 points, they got up and before the break they were already ahead. During the second half they kept up the pace and six minutes from the end they won by seven points (103-110). From there to the end of the game they conceded a 21-8 run to bite the dust again against Miami, a team that had already beaten them 48 hours earlier.
“We just made some mistakes down the stretch. We didn’t execute our attack well, we made some unnecessary fouls, we let a couple of loose balls stay… those balls that are 50-50 we have to catch. We just didn’t execute in the last quarter and it cost us the game, «explains Nate McMillan after seeing his team not being able to get any basket in the last three minutes.
Regarding individual performance, Trae Young was the top scorer of his team with 24 points to which he added nine assists. He had a good accompaniment from De’Andre Hunter with 20 points. Also in double figures were Danilo Gallinari (18 points off the bench), John Collins (16) and Kevin Huerter (15 from the second unit).
Jimmy Butler returns
If in Atlanta there are problems, in Florida everything is smiles. They have won eight of their last ten meetings (four in a row) and are now second in the Eastern Conference at 27-15. Last night the top scorer was Tyler Herro with 24 points (11 in the last quarter). Jimmy Butler, who returned after three games absent with a sprained ankle, left until he scored 23 points. Omer Yurtseven also did not miss the appointment with a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds.
«When the outcome of the game is on the line, we’ve got guys stepping up,» explains Butler, who made a game-winning basket with 22 seconds left.
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