The Miami Heat defeated the Atlanta Hawks 89-86 on Wednesday night in a last-minute thriller. LeBron led the Heat to their 11th straight home win with 31 points and 11 rebounds. Dwyane Wade only had 18 points on a sore ankle, but it was his key alley-oop to Udonis Haslem that mattered the most. Miami didn’t make one three-pointer the entire game, going for 0-10, for the first time in 455 games. It was a win, but an ugly one.
For Miami, things just weren’t going well from the field. Chris Bosh was 3-14 with 9 points and 8 rebounds and just didn’t have a good night overall with 4 turnovers on top of that. The only bench production Miami got was that of Udonis Haslem, who was 4-6 with 8 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 steals.
Atlanta was led by Josh Smith and Jeff Teague. Smith had 23 points with 6 rebounds and 2 steals, while Teague chipped in with 16 points. Turnovers really cost them the game and they lost the head-to-head 21 to 14.
The Hawks got up by 10 in the 3rd quarter, but then Miami rose to the occasion. They went on a 13-0 run, but Atlanta fought in the 4th quarter to make it a game. Big plays from Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem put the game away.
This was a big win for Miami. Another loss to a mediocre team would put them in a bad situation, so it’s good they pulled this off. Now Dwyane Wade will get a chance to rest his ankle and Bosh will be able to get some more practice in.