Butler, Adebayo lead Heat past Hawks


MIAMI’s Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo both posted triple-doubles as the Heat rallied late and dominated overtime to beat the Atlanta Hawks 135-121 yesterday and remain unbeaten at home this NBA season.

Adebayo scored a career-high 30 points with 11 rebounds and 11 assists for his first career triple-double -- producing double figures in three key statistica­l categories.

Butler scored 20 points with a career-high 18 rebounds and 10 assists for the Heat, who improved to 11-0 at AmericanAi­rlines Arena.

After surrenderi­ng an early lead Miami trailed 117-111 with less than a minute remaining in regulation, but three-pointers from Duncan Robinson and Butler tied it up and the Heat opened overtime with a 16-0 scoring run.

Robinson finished with a career-high 10 three-pointers on the way

to a career-high 34 points.

Kendrick Nunn led Miami with a career-high 36 points -- one shy of the Heat rookie record -- as the hosts notched a third victory over Atlanta this season.

De’Andre Hunter paced the Hawks with 28 points and Trae Young added 21.

Vince Carter contribute­d 12 for Atlanta and in the process became just the fifth player in NBA history to play in 1,500 games.

Carter, 42, joined Robert Parish (1,611), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1,560), Dirk Nowitzki (1,522) and John Stockton (1,504) in reaching the milestone.

“You have to be a big time profession­al,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said of Carter’s longevity. “You have to commit to your craft and to your body in a way that most profession­als aren’t willing to do.

“You have to go to great lengths to keep yourself young in a young league ... Then you have to continue to reinvent yourself.”

The Philadelph­ia 76ers also remained perfect at home, notching their third straight victory 97-92 over the Denver Nuggets.

Sixers big man Joel Embiid scored 22 points, coolly draining two free throws with 15.3 seconds remaining to seal the victory.

Embiid added 10 rebounds and six assists -- with two steals and a blocked shot -- and Tobias Harris added 20 points as Philadelph­ia improved to 13-0 at home with their seventh win in eight games.

Will Barton led the Nuggets with 26 points, after Denver’s top scorer Jamal Murray departed in the first quarter after a collision with Ben Simmons.

In Charlotte, Devonte Graham posted his sixth game of six or more three-pointers this season, draining half a dozen from beyond the arc on the way to 29 points in the Hornets’ 114-107 victory over the Washington Wizards.

Davis Bertans scored a career-high 32 points off the bench for Washington, boosting his tally with eight three-pointers. –AFP

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