The Atlanta Hawks (2-2) overcame an early nine-point deficit to knock off the Miami Heat (1-3) to advance in the single-elimination tournament at the Samsung NBA Summer League 2015 Wednesday. The 14th-seeded Hawks rallied for the 75-64 triumph over the Heat, the tournament's 19th seed, at UNLV's Cox Pavilion.
By virtue of the win, Atlanta earns the opportunity to face the No. 3 seed Denver Nuggets, one of five squads that went 3-0 prior to tournament play, Thursday at 5:30 pm PT in the Thomas & Mack Center. Miami, on the other hand, will play the Sacramento Kings in the TMC Friday at 1:30 pm PT.
The Heat began the affair with a perfect 4-for4 effort from the field that resulted in an early eight-point advantage only 2:38 after the opening tip. Moments after a Mike Muscala layup gave Atlanta its first points, Miami's lead grew to nine behind a layup and free throw by Gabriel Olaseni.
Atlanta started the game 0-for-3 from the field, but used an 8-for-15 outburst to outscore the Heat 21-8 over the final 6:20 of the first frame. Muscala led the rally with seven points, while Glen Robinson III added five and Brandon Ashley and Terran Petteway had four each.
The Hawks' lead grew to six on three occasions in the second until the Heat reengaged and forced three ties and two lead changes before the half.
The two sides jockeyed back and forth to start the final 20 minutes of regulation, but a dunk by Atlanta's Edy Tavares just 2:41 into the third turned out to be the go-ahead score. From that point forward, the Hawks separated themselves from the Heat by at least two possessions until the advantage grew to a game-high 14 late in the fourth.
Muscala led the Hawks with a double-double of 15 points and 12 rebounds. Lamar Patterson chipped in 12 points, while Robinson III and Tavares had 11 and 10, respectively.
Miami's Shabazz Napier, the 24th overall selection at the 2014 NBA Draft, scored 21 to lead all scorers in the contest. Napier was 6-for-18 from the field and 7-for-13 from the free-throw line.