MIAMI (AP) — The stars flocked to Miami. Rapper Drake was sitting courtside. Golfer Brooks Koepka also had a front row seat.
And they put on a good show. Although the Heat made them wait until the end, they were not disappointed.
Tyler Herro had 24 points, including 11 in the fourth quarter, which sparked a comeback for the Miami Heat to beat the Atlanta Hawks 124-118 on Friday.
Jimmy Butler returned after a three-game absence caused by a sprained ankle and had 23 points. Omer Yursteven finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds to help Miami pull within a game of Chicago for first place in the Eastern Conference.
“I love the spirit of our team,” said coach Erik Spoelstra, whose team posted its best record of the season, 12 games over the .500 mark, thanks to its fourth straight win.
PJ Tucker had 17 points, while Max Strus added 16 for the Heat, who have won seven at home.
Trae Young had 24 points for Atlanta, which rallied from an early 17-point deficit and went on to take a 10-point lead in the second half before blowing it. De’Andre Hunter had 20 points, Danilo Gallinari added 18, John Collins had 16 and Kevin Huerter finished with 15.
Atlanta didn’t make a field goal in the final 3:13. Herro made a pair of free throws with 46 seconds left to give Miami its first lead in the second half.
“We just made some mistakes down the stretch,” Hawks coach Nate McMillan said. “We didn’t execute the offensive plays well, we had a couple of unfortunate fouls, we lost a couple of balls. You have to win those divided balls. We just didn’t get things done in the fourth quarter and that cost us tonight.”
As the game concluded, the Heat celebrated with fans sitting courtside, including Drake and Koepka.