MIAMI — Add Miami’s Tyler Herro to the list of rookies who look ready for the regular season.
Herro scored Miami’s first 14 points on Monday night, going 5 for 5 in that stretch, and finished with 23 points in a 120-87 Heat victory over the Atlanta Hawks.
Through three games in this preseason, Herro — the No. 13 pick in this year’s draft — is shooting 18 for 33 from the field for 49 points.
"The kid can play," Heat assistant coach Malik Allen said in a televised halftime interview. "He has a confidence but he’s a student of the game, he’s smart, he’s an extremely quick learner and you’re seeing that."
Among those taken in June’s draft, some have wasted no time in announcing their presence to the NBA world.
New Orleans’ Zion Williamson, the No. 1 pick, is averaging 23.3 points and shooting 71% in the Pelicans’ four preseason games — all wins. Ja Morant, the No. 2 pick for Memphis, is among the league’s assist leaders in exhibition season with 23 in his first three games.
No. 3 pick RJ Barrett is averaging 16 points for New York, No. 7 pick Coby White 16.8 points for Chicago and No. 28 pick Jordan Poole had 36 points in his first two games with Golden State entering Monday night.
Herro is only adding to what has been an impressive class.
"He just loves to play," Allen said. "He loves to play, he loves to be out there, he loves the moment."
Next week, the moments start for real.
HEAT 120, HAWKS 87
Herro’s 23 points led the way for Miami, which used an 18-2 second-quarter run to take control.
Bam Adebayo scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Heat, who are 3-0 in the preseason. Meyers Leonard also scored 15 and Derrick Jones Jr. scored 14 before leaving in the fourth quarter after bumping knees with Atlanta’s John Collins.
Kendrick Nunn had 14 points in 14 minutes for Miami. Jimmy Butler scored seven points on 3 for 7 shooting in 26 1/2 minutes for the Heat.
Trae Young scored 23 points for Atlanta, and had seven more assists — giving him 23 in Atlanta’s three preseason games. The Hawks were again without Kevin Huerter, who is working his way through some knee pain.
Collins scored 14 for Atlanta, which got 10 from Vince Carter.
HORNETS 120, GRIZZLIES 99
Charlotte got its first win of the preseason, with Terry Rozier finishing with 24 points and eight assists to help the Hornets beat the Memphis Grizzlies.
Dwayne Bacon scored 21 and Devonte’ Graham added 18 for Charlotte. The Hornets closed the first quarter on a 26-9 run, then started the fourth quarter with a 26-4 burst to take control for good.
A pair of rookies stood out for Memphis: No. 21 pick Brandon Clarke had 16 points and 12 rebounds, while Morant finished with 15 points and six assists.
MAVERICKS 107, THUNDER 70
Luka Doncic had 19 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists and Kristaps Porzingis added 17 points and 13 rebounds for Dallas.
Maxi Kleber had 14 points, Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 13 and Justin Jackson 12 for the Mavericks (1-3).
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Danilo Gallinari — both of whom were acquired as part of July’s trade that sent Paul George to the Los Angeles Clippers — led Oklahoma City (2-1) with 16 points apiece.
KINGS 128, JAZZ 115
Buddy Hield had 23 points and five assists and Marvin Bagley III had 22 points and 11 rebounds for Sacramento.
Bogdan Bogdanovic added 16 points, five rebounds and eight assists and De’Aaron Fox scored 14 points for the Kings (2-2).
Donovan Mitchell led Utah (1-3) with 22 points and Rudy Gobert scored 17. Joe Ingles added 12 points and eight assists.
NUGGETS 107, SUNS 102
Jerami Grant scored 22 points and three steals, Gary Harris added 18 points and Denver held on in the final minute for a win over Phoenix.
Denver (3-0) led by as many as 21 points before Phoenix pulled within 103-102 on a layup by Elie Okobo with a minute left.
Jamal Murray scored 16 points for the Nuggets, Michael Porter Jr. added 11 and Mason Plumlee had 10.
Grant, a sixth-year player who averaged 13.6 points per game for Oklahoma City last season, shot 6 of 8 from the field, including 2 of 3 from 3-point range. He hit all eight of his free throws.
Frank Kaminsky III led the Suns (2-2) with 22 points. Deandre Ayton added 14.
Denver led 66-52 at halftime after shooting 56 per cent from the field, including 44 per cent from 3-point range. Harris had 16 points and Murray added 14.
LAKERS 104, WARRIORS 98
Zach Norvell Jr. scored 22 points and Devonte Cacok added 16 for Los Angeles.
Dwight Howard had 12 points, 13 rebounds, six assists and four steals for Lakers (2-2). LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Kyle Kuzma and Danny Green (all rest) did not play.
Damion Lee had 18 points and nine rebounds, Stephen Curry scored 17 points and Marquese Chriss finished with 14 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and three blocks for Golden State (1-2). D’Angelo Russell sat out (rest).