With Tyler Herro already sidelined with a sprained ankle, Jimmy Butler also missed Saturday night's game in Atlanta due to a personal matter. In a balanced scoring effort where six players finished in double figures, the Miami Heat won their fourth straight game and defeated the Atlanta Hawks, 117-109.
Here are three reasons why the Heat got the win to climb one game over .500.
1. Bam Adebayo continues to dominate
Each season we have seen Bam Adebayo improve on both sides of the ball, leading to All-Star and All-Defensive team appearances. But so far this season, Adebayo has elevated his game to another level, and once again was the best player on the court Saturday night. Adebayo finished with a team-high 26 points and 17 rebounds to go along with four assists.
Adebayo was looking for his shot early and got off to a blazing 4 of 4 start from the field, hitting an array of shots in the post and in the mid-range area.
Adebayo was a main contributor to the Heat's fast start, as Miami blitzed Atlanta in the first quarter by scoring 41 points to take a 17-point lead.
And as always, Adebayo made his impact felt on defense, as Miami forced Atlanta into contested shots and turnovers that led to easy fastbreak points.
"When you have your leader play like that, in inspires everybody else. That is the best way to put it. It makes everybody believe," coach Erik Spoelstra said.
Adebayo knew he had to dominate with Butler out, and he provided the Heat with another masterclass performance.