Vincent shines as Heat beat Hawks in play-offs

Gabe Vincent

D’Tigers captain, Gabe Vincent, was one of the top performers for the Miami Heat in their 115-105 win over the Atlanta Hawks in their second game of their first round Eastern Conference play-offs.

Vincent scored 11 points, three assists and one rebound from 26 minutes from the bench, coming on as a backup point guard for All-Star Kyle Lowry. He scored eight points, providing seven assists and three rebounds in 25 minutes in their game one 115-91 win.

Aside from his offensive performance, the Nigerian also had a defensive master-class ensuring he limited Hawks guard Trae Young to just 25 points seven assists six rebounds in 41 minutes.

“Try not to let him get the ball, that’s the best way to guard him, I would say; but I thought he got a lot of calls tonight,” Vincent said about guarding Young.

The Heat are now 2-0 up in the best of seven games play-offs series and are well favoured with the statistics.

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Teams that take a 2-0 lead in a best-of-seven match-up have eventually won the series 92.4 per cent of the time. The Hawks have never rallied from 2-0 down in a series and the Heat have never wasted a 2-0 lead.

Butler scored a play-off career-high 45 points in the game.

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