Nov 19, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat small forward Michael Beasley (8) sticks out his tongue during the second half against the Atlanta Hawks at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Michael Beasley Returns The Favor, Helps Lift Heat Over Hawks With Clutch Plays

The Miami Heat gave Michael Beasley a second chance, and tonight, Beasley paid them back with a couple of clutch free throws at the end of overtime to give the team that drafted him a 121-119 win against the Atlanta Hawks Monday night.

At the end of regulation, Beasley also had a key defensive stop against Paul Milsap to force extra time.

Beasley finished with 10 points and seven assists–not an impressive stat line nor his best with his second stint with Miami–but he made two plays that were arguably the best of any he made in a Heat jersey.

And they weren’t jump shots. They weren’t dunks. They were plays that showed how far he has come.

“We had great contribution from Beez,” James said after the game. “First game back in seven, eight… nine weeks.”

Beasley saw his first action in the second quarter, with the Hawks extending their comeback lead after trailing 13-0 to start the game. Beasley immediately helped the Heat’s offense.

Miami’s defense was a mess most of the night, save for some key stops. Coach Erik Spoelstra trusted Beasley, who hadn’t played since Dec. 5, and gave him those defensive possessions over veteran Udonis Haslem.

Beasley returned the favor with two freebies to put the Heat over the top with just seconds left after getting fouled under the rim.

He was calm at the line.

Like a summer’s breeze.

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