In his third season with the Miami Heat, Eddie Jones understands what Coach Pat Riley wants to accomplish.
"Everybody's trying to run," Jones said. "That's what makes us so good."
Caron Butler scored 25 points and Jones added 20 yesterday as the Heat set a franchise-best road margin of victory by taking advantage of 25 Atlanta turnovers to beat the Hawks 107-73.
Miami, which has won seven of nine, sent the Hawks to their largest margin of defeat this season.
"The first quarter was definitely their tempo, their style," Jones said. "Then we got our defense going. When we got our offense going, we got a lot of easy baskets."
Reserve center Vladimir Stepania scored 16 points and had 13 rebounds for Miami, which scored 31 points off turnovers.
Butler, a rookie from Connecticut, made 10 of 15 shots. In a 93-84 win over Atlanta on Monday in Miami, Butler was 7 for 11 and scored 21 points.
Atlanta was never closer after Shareef Abdur-Rahim's layup at 7 minutes 18 seconds of the second quarter cut Miami's lead to 39-38. The Heat went on a 60-26 run down to the 5:50 mark and that was that.
"We played with a lot of energy," Riley said. "The commitment to running and getting down the floor was a big impact in the game, which started in the third quarter."
* KNICKS 95, RAPTORS 75: Kurt Thomas had 26 points and 14 rebounds and Allan Houston scored 15 to hand visiting Toronto its eighth straight loss.
Michael Doleac and Charlie Ward added 11 points each for the Knicks, who dominated the final three quarters. "We wanted to put them away as quickly as possible," Thomas said. "That's what we did in the second half."
New York's reserves helped in that effort, outscoring Toronto's 40-19, and leading the Knicks to their second straight win and third in four games.