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The Miami HEAT knocked off the Atlanta Hawks 95-89 Friday night in Atlanta. The HEAT pulled away late in the fourth quarter to secure their fourth straight win. It's recap time:

Impact Performance of the Night: Tonight Chris Bosh and LeBron James are co-performers of the night. With Dwyane Wade out, Bosh and James were each excellent. James finished with 21 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists, falling just shy of his first triple-double of the season. Bosh scored 24 points on just 13 shots, and added five rebounds, three steals, two assists and a block.

The Deciding Run: Coming out of a timeout with 2:58 left, the HEAT trailed the Hawks by two points. The HEAT proceeded to go on a 10-2 run to close the Hawks out, allowing only a pair of free throws to Jeff Teague.

Play of the Game: Many will remember LeBron James’ jumper with 13 seconds left as the play of the game, but the real play of the game came on the preceding Hawks possession. Josh Smith attempted a lob to Al Horford and a retreating Chris Bosh was able to get a fingertip on the ball, deflecting it up in the air. Bosh was able to tip the ball again to Ray Allen, who secured possession for the HEAT. Bosh’s play was huge.

Efficiency Rating: Offensive Rating: 105.5; Defensive Efficiency: 94.6

Trend to Watch: The HEAT defense is rounding into form. Outside of Jeff Teague’s hyper-efficient night, the HEAT were able to contain the Hawks offense. Friday’s win marks the third straight strong defensive performance.

The Takeaway: The HEAT were able to beat a division rival, on the road, without Dwyane Wade. That’s a strong showing. Also, HEAT role players continue to contribute significantly. Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis provided scoring, Udonis Haslem controlled the glass and Norris Cole gave the HEAT a much needed spark.

Notes: Dwyane Wade missed Friday’s game with a cold; he’s listed as day-to-day. Mike Miller started his first game of the season and played 31 minutes. The win was the HEAT’s fourth straight and first on the road.

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