After the 1st half ended, it was over. The only thing Miami needed to do was play strongly with a lead, and sure enough, they did. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade didn’t even have to play in the fourth quarter.
Dwyane Wade played lights-out in the first half. He had 8 in the 1st quarter and 13 in the 2nd quarter. The Heat stopped the Hawks by playing great defense. They went on an 11-0 run in the 1st and a 9-0 run in the 2nd. LeBron had 23 points, 13 rebounds and six assists in 30 minutes. It’s the tenth time this season where James had 20 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 assists. It’s not a triple-double, but it is awfully close. Chris Bosh shot terribly, 4-14 from the field, but grabbed 16 rebounds.
Mario Chalmers played excellent and was 2-2 from three while scoring 15 points and only committing one turnover. The Heat as a team committed only 9 turnovers and that’s why they were able to pull away so quickly. Miami also out-rebounded Atlanta 52-38, which is pretty impressive considering they have Zaza and Josh Smith.
This was an easier than expected win for the Heat and is much needed considering they are in the middle of their 6 game road trip. There are no negatives from this game and only positives. Wade played 24 minutes, Lebron 30, and Bosh a solid 32. They got rest when they least expected it and it should only benefit them. They will be a little more rested and ready to go when they take on Milwaukee tomorrow night.