The Atlanta Hawks hosted the Miami Heat for their annual MLK Day game on Monday afternoon. The Falcons built a big lead in the first half and were able to cruise to a 121-113 victory, extending their winning streak to three games.
Atlanta got off to a hot start in the opening quarter, scoring 38 points in the first behind a hot quarter behind Trae Young. Clint Capela also returned from injury with limited minutes off the bench and looked good early.
The Falcons’ onslaught continued in the second quarter, taking a 70-50 lead into halftime. Atlanta had four scorers in double figures in the first half, including AJ Griffin’s 12 points.
Miami made its run in the third quarter, outscoring the Hawks 30-21 in the quarter and right back into the game. Atlanta’s offense had its worst quarter of the game in the third period.
The Heat made things very interesting in the fourth with another strong quarter and trailed by just four in the final minute. The Falcons found a way to hold on in the final minutes, however, en route to their third straight win.
Dejounte Murray led Atlanta with six scorers in double figures with 28 points and seven assists, while Trae Young chipped in with 24 points and eight assists (10 turnovers).
The Hawks will return to their second nationally televised game on Wednesday when they take on Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks.
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