The Heat, in one of their worst defensive efforts of the season, fell to the Atlanta Hawks 121-114, to drop to 29-12.
For the Heat, LeBron James scored a game-high 30 points, to go along with six assists and four rebounds. Chris Bosh scored 21 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Mario Chalmers added 17 points and five rebounds.
For the Hawks, Paul Millsap scored a team-high 26 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Demarre Carroll added 19 points and six rebounds. Pero Antic contributed 17 points and grabbed six rebounds.
As mentioned earlier, the Heat’s defense and effort were pretty bad tonight. Miami allowed 71 points in the first half and 121 for the game, with the Hawks shooting 52% from the field and hitting 12 three-pointers. The Heat were slow on rotations and non-existent on the boards when it mattered most.
This is another poor effort by the Heat, which has them playing .500 ball in January. By now, we know the Heat are taking it easy to preserve energy and be at 100% come playoff time, but these are some developing habits that could be hard to break come April.
The Heat take the floor at home tomorrow night against the Boston Celtics (14-28). The tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 pm.