Posted 20 February 2013 - 11:57 PM
(Photo Credit: Kevin Cox)
The Miami HEAT knocked off the Atlanta Hawks 103-90, extending the team's winning streak to a season-high eight games. The HEAT trailed by 10 points entering the fourth quarter, but were able to dominate the fourth quarter.
Impact Performance of the Night: LeBron James was again the engine that powered the HEAT. James finished with 24 points, 11 assists and six rebounds, with 18 of those points coming in the first half. In the fourth quarter James took over by facilitating. He dished out eight assists in the final frame, leading to 19 HEAT points.
The Deciding Run: The whole fourth quarter was the deciding stretch, but the first seven plus minutes were particularly explosive. The HEAT went on a 25-8 run to open the fourth quarter, erasing a 10-point deficit and turning it into a seven-point advantage. The Hawks were never able to recover.
Play of the Game: The barrage of corner threes, Shane Battier’s pass to a cutting Ray Allen or the Wade to James alley oop late would be the play of the game on most nights, but most nights don’t have alley oops off the backboard. Dwyane Wade came up with a steal, kept his balance while tippy-toeing the sidelines and laid the ball off the glass for a trailing James. James took it from there, slamming the ball home.
Efficiency Rating: Offensive Efficiency: 108.4; Defensive Efficiency: 94.7
Trend to Watch: The commitment to the three-pointer was important in tonight’s victory. The HEAT were just 5-for-17 through three quarters, missing looks that usually go down. That didn’t deter the HEAT, who put up six more three-point attempts in the fourth quarter, making five. As has been stated in this space before, taking threes is more important than making them. By continuing to take the threes, the HEAT stretched the Hawks defense out. When the shots started to fall, cutting lanes opened up for the HEAT and the offense took off.
The Takeaway: The HEAT kicked off the post-break stretch run with an impressive victory. Not playing well for three quarters, but being able to prevail should be applauded. The Hawks battle the HEAT in every matchup and scoring is usually hard to come by. In the victory we saw the HEAT at their best, forcing turnovers and creating open, high value shots. Eight straight wins is the HEAT’s longest streak since February of last season.
Notes: Dwyane Wade scored 20 points. Mario Chalmers added 14 points. Shane Battier and Ray Allen scored 17 and 15 points respectively off the bench. Mike Miller and Dexter Pittman were inactive.
Posted 21 February 2013 - 12:44 AM
Good win by our team. Great seeing them come from behind and not freaking out. lol
I'm not sure I've seen the Heat "freak out". They are very resilient.
Posted 21 February 2013 - 01:04 AM
Posted 21 February 2013 - 01:17 AM
..but nobody cares what crazy ol' Dan Majerle thinks
Posted 21 February 2013 - 07:08 AM
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