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    Hawks starters looking sharp in rout of Heat to cap preseason

    Oct 15, 2021
    John Collins dunk Hawks vs Heat preseason
    John Collins throws it down over Micah Potter.
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    ATLANTA — The Atlanta Hawks closed out the preseason with their starting five looking sharp.

    Hawks vs Heat preseason recap

    Coach Nate McMillan wanted a dress rehearsal of sorts with Trae Young, Bogdan Bogdanovic, De'Andre Hunter and John Collins all logging big minutes in the 127-92 victory over the Miami Heat on Thursday night (Friday, Manila time).

    Center Clint Capela, making his preseason debut, had 10 rebounds and 10 points in 12 minutes. He sat out the second half to rest his left Achilles.

    The Heat were without Jimmy Butler, Kyle Lowry, Bam Adebayo and eight others as coach Erik Spoelstra decided to keep his stars at home with the team closing out the preseason Friday night in Miami against Boston.

    Young had 27 points and 15 assists, and Hunter scored 19 as both players sat out the fourth quarter.

    Javonte Smart finished with 20 points, and Max Strus added 18 for the Heat (4-1 preseason). Micah Potter had 16 points and 16 rebounds. Gabe Vincent handed out 10 assists.

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    Atlanta (2-2) jumped out to an early, big lead with Hunter's dunk making it 31-12 at the 3:16 mark of the first quarter. The Hawks pushed the lead back to 19 when Cam Reddish hit a 21-footer with 7:49 to go in the second.

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    Young assisted on consecutive baskets — on a 3 by Bogdanovich that made it 53-32 at the 3:34 mark and on Capela's dunk to put the Hawks up 57-35 with 2:26 left.

    Young, coming off a calf contusion, followed with a couple of 3s, the second one making it 65-38 in the final minute before halftime. It was 67-43 entering the third.

    Collins jammed in a dunk to make it 84-58 midway through the third. Young later assisted on three straight baskets, feeding Collins for a layup, Collins for a dunk and Kevin Huerter for a reverse layup. The Hawks took a 93-62 lead on Young's 3 with 2:10 left in the third.

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      The Hawks were up 97-72 entering the fourth. They finished with 33 assists and 10 turnovers, five of them when the starters were out of the game.

      Atlanta opens the regular season Oct. 21 at home against the Dallas Mavericks.

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      Miami's season opener is Oct. 21 at home against the defending champion Milwaukee Bucks.

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      John Collins throws it down over Micah Potter.
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