John Jenkins sealed the victory for Atlanta after sinking a pair of foul shots in the final seconds of Sunday night’s summer league game against Miami, as the Hawks handled the Heat 75-71.
Jenkins, the second-year sharpshooter from Vanderbilt, scored a game-high 19 points on 6-of-14 shooting, with 10 of those points being scored in the third quarter. Fellow second-year player Mike Scott was also in double-figures, dropping 13 points on 6-of-12 shooting. German sensation Dennis Schröder was stifling on defense, picking four pockets on the night (game-high), while racking up eight assists. However, he struggled to find his shot going just 4-of-12 for 9 points.
James Ennis and Damion James led Miami with 11 points apiece.
The Heat jumped out to an early 9-1 lead, as Atlanta couldn’t get a shot to fall, but the Hawks chipped away and ended the quarter trailing 17-12.
Atlanta took their first advantage of the game when 7-foot Brazilian center Lucas “Bebe” Nogueira trailed a fast break and slammed home a huge putback dunk, giving the Hawks a 29-28 lead.
Neither team scored after Bebe’s slam, and Miami went into halftime down by one point.
Ennis drilled a 3-pointer for the Heat halfway through the third quarter to tie the game at 37, but John Jenkins responded for the Hawks with a 3-ball of his own to put his team back up 40-37.
Atlanta led 52-49 going into the fourth quarter.
Miami scored two quick buckets to re-take the lead early in the fourth quarter, and increased the advantage to four points when Eric Griffin drove the lane and finished with a monster dunk at the 5:44 mark.
The Hawks fought back and were able to go up 68-67 after another Nogueira putback dunk followed by a sweet Jenkins mid-range jumper, but D.J. Kennedy tied the game at 70 with a clutch 3-pointer with only 34 seconds remaining in regulation.
20 seconds later, Schröder found an open Mike Scott who sank the biggest shot of the game as he drilled a 3-pointer from the top of arc.
Jenkins then iced the game with a pair of free-throws to seal Atlanta’s 75-71 victory over Miami.
With the victory, the Hawks are 1-1 and have 5 points out of a maximum of 8 through two games.
Atlanta’s next summer league action is Monday night at 10:00 p.m. (ET) against San Antonio (1-1).