Stat of the game: 57-52
Miami got the job done on the glass. It was important for the Heat to bring down the boards and control the game with the Hawks feeding off pace and rhythm. Atlanta was able to tighten up their rebounding duties when the Heat starting shooting long range shots, but quick close outs led to lessen opportunties for the Hawks.
The Heat finished the contest with a 57-52 rebound edge. Atlanta may be have lineups that depend more on guard play, but Bam Adebayo was basically Miami’s only big that played. They had Kevin Love sub in for Adebayo on occasion, but that was used to spur a five-out offense.
Players like Jaquez, Tyler Herro, and Caleb Martin made sure to stay on their toes. Miami’s rebounding both sparked their offense and halted the Hawks from ever getting on hefty scoring runs. This was able to keep one of the highest scoring offenses at a slow pace that the Hawks looked uncomfortable playing through.