ATLANTA — After playing just two minutes off the bench on Wednesday night — all he needed to earn a $1 million bonus for reaching 1,700 minutes on the season — Miami Heat forward Kelly Olynyk could have felt like taking the rest of the night off.
“Instead, I just made it rain,” Olynyk said.
One 3-pointer at a time.
Afterward, Miami coach Erik Spoelstra jokingly said he’s expecting the 7-footer to pick up some tabs.
“Dinner, drinks, beers, all that is on him,” Spoelstra said. “I’m going to see if I can get tickets to a play. All that is on him. I’m going to bill his account for everything.”
Spoelstra and his players had reason to celebrate after winning on a night when Miami rested Dwyane Wade, Goran Dragic and James Johnson, one day after clinching a playoff berth by beating the Hawks in Miami.
Olynyk made 5 of 6 3s in the second period at Atlanta. His career high for 3s in a game is six.
“I was kind of in the zone,” he said. “I felt like whatever I threw up was going to go in.”
Olynyk’s first two 3s in his streak of four straight for the Heat capped a 14-0 run for a 42-36 lead.
Following a basket by Atlanta’s Damion Lee, Olynyk sank two more 3s before a miss ended his hot stretch.
“He’s one of our best shooters,” Spoelstra said of Olynyk. “He works on it all the time, and it’s such a weapon. And he picks the right spots. It’s all because his heart’s in the right place. He doesn’t want to take all the shots. He only wants to shoot open ones.”
Olynyk also had eight rebounds and five assists on the night.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.