LeBron James scored a season low 13 points, ending his scoring tear of three-straight games with at least 30 points, but it didn’t matter. The Miami Heat (8-3) used a balanced scoring attack to exploit a struggling Atlanta Hawks (6-5) defense in a 104-88 win Tuesday night at AmericanAirlines Arena.
Dwyane Wade (knee) did not play in the first game of a back-to-back for Miami.
In addition to his 13 points on just 13 attempts, James added six rebounds and five assists. Chris Bosh was the leading scorer with 19 points and Mario Chalmers contributing a big second half and 14 total points including 3-0f-6 from three to help the Heat pull away.
Despite missing that last two games with the flu, Ray Allen didn’t miss a beat in his first game since November 9, scoring 17 points off the bench on 5-of-10 shooting and 3-of-6 from three.
The Heat reserved played much of the fourth quarter. In all, 12 of 13 players who took the court for the Heat scored Tuesday night, the only one not to was Joel Anthony.
The Heat showed good ball movement in route to shooting 50.6 percent from the floor as a team. The Hawks shot 44.6 percent as a team, with the Heat’s defense displaying solid rotations and some extra oomph.
Next, the Heat play the Orlando Magic Wednesday night at 7 p.m. ET in Orlando.