ATLANTA – Trae Young contacted Dwyane Wade twice in hopes of receiving an autographed shirt in Atlanta's final game.
Wade, whose son Zaire is friends with Young, thank you very much.
"I texted him and I was like," I need it for the last time at ATL, "Young said." He said, "I already planned this. It was nice talking to him. "
Young scored 19 points, John Collins had 13 points and 13 rebounds as the Hawks won 3-0 with a 106-82 win over the Miami Heat on Sunday night.
Maybe he helped Wade get through the worst performance of the season. Coming from two consecutive victories that topped the .500 for the first time since October 27, Miami was indifferent all night against a rebuilding team that lost its second and third artillery and lost for the third time to an opponent who only 12 wins.
"It was a bad game for us," Wade said. "We're 0-3 against this team, they've figured out a way to make us not play our game, I do not know what it is, ask them."
DeAndre Bembry finished with 17 points in an opening role, and Jeremy Lin left the bench to add 15 to Atlanta.
Young, the NBA's fifth overall draft, had some impressive moves but ended up with only two assists. His abilities were still enough to impress Wade.
"He has a great relationship with my son, which I appreciate," Wade said. "And he's someone whose game, you know, honestly, I look at him, I talk to him on different occasions, I respect him.A lot of people have said a lot about Trae.He has a long career ahead of him."
Derrick Jones Jr. led Miami with 14 points, Justise Winslow scored 13 and Wade and Josh Richardson had 11 for the Heat, who seemed uninterested in defending after the Hawks jumped to a comfortable lead late in the third.
Miami lost 20 of their first 22 attempts beyond the arc before Wade hit his 500th career in 3 points. He joined Michael Jordan and LeBron James as the only players in NBA history with at least 20,000 points, 5,000 assists, 4,000 rebounds, 1,500 steals, 800 blocks and 500 3s.
The clash seemed very favorable to Miami, with the Hawks coming off a 32-point loss in Milwaukee, but the Heat struggled during the first half, going from 1 to 16 in 3, tying 33-24 and committing 10 turnovers. 11 Atlanta points.
It only worsened in third place with the Heat remaining on whiffing and Atlanta jumping to a 19-point lead in 3 consecutive wins by Daniel Hamilton and Lin. Lin followed with consecutive runners.
The Hawks jumped to an 18-6 lead, but the Miami went up 33-31 in the second, when Rodney McGruder hit a layup. The heat did not take again.
Heat: G Dion Waiters is still far from 100%. He has lost his second consecutive game since making his first appearance in over a year when the Heat won in Cleveland on Wednesday. The waiters, who played this game because Wade was sidelined by a virus, is still limited by a left ankle injury that required surgery last January.
Hawks: With G Kent Bazemore in the next two weeks with a right ankle injury, Bembry made his third start. Hamilton started in Friday's defeat in Milwaukee. … Lin had his 500th career stolen.
EXCHANGE OF CLOTHING
Even though he had to lobby for his shirt, Young got what he wanted, and so did Wade. Wade, the 12-time All-Star who is retiring after the season, brought a shirt that he signed earlier and gave it to him in the half court. Young took off his shirt, signed it and handed it to Wade.
"I managed to change shirts with a lot of veterans in the league, but it's good when the younger ones arrive and they want your jersey as well," said Wade. "I'm honored.I'm ready to watch your career for a long time.As I told you, let's make sure we're working together and I want to put him and my son together."
SHOWING WADE LOVE
The Hawks showed a video in honor of Wade early in the first quarter. He received a standing ovation, smiled and waved to the crowd.
It did not take long for Wade to arouse emotion when he entered the game a few minutes later. He passed a pass back over his shoulder to assist in Jones' dunk and gave a baseline pass to hit a double-bomb reverse test that reduced the lead to 23-16.
"I'm just trying to do something for the fans tonight," he said. "Probably the only moments we gave them to cheer."
After the game ended and he left the court holding Young's shirt, Wade stopped for another standing ovation at one end of the arena. He signed some autographs, smiled, and headed for the tunnel.
Heat: Host Denver, the leader of the Western Conference on 26-11, on Monday.
Hawks: Visit Toronto in the east with 29 wins on Monday.