Apr 12, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Miami Heat guard Ray Allen (34) reacts during the fourth quarter against Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena. The Hawks won 98-85. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports

Heat At Hawks Final Score: Heat Lose 98-85; Drop Back To Second In East


 

The Heat took their spot on top of the Eastern Conference for one day and proceeded to give it right back to the Pacers, after losing to the Hawks, 98-85. The loss drops the Heat record to 54-26 (identical to the Pacers record), but Indiana owns the tie-breaker due to a better conference record.

For the Heat, LeBron James finished with a game-high 27 points, along with a team-high eight rebounds and five assists. Dwyane Wade returned to action and supplied 24 points in 23 minutes. Chris Bosh added 11 points.

For the Hawks, Jeff Teague scored a team-high 25 points. Louis Williams added 23 points off the bench. DeMarre Carroll added 17 points an six rebounds.

The Heat came out the gates sluggish on defense, and allowed the Hawks to take a 28-23 lead after the first quarter. They responded well in the second, taking that quarter by five to tie the game at 49 going into halftime. The offense sputtered badly in the third quarter, only scoring 13 points and falling behind 69-62 heading into the fourth quarter. The Heat defense failed the Heat when they needed it the most, as they suddenly lost the ability to get stops on defense.

This was an ugly game for Miami. From the 20 turnovers which lead to numerous points for the Hawks, the 18 assists that showed a lack of ball movement, or the inexplicable 25 3-pointers taken when only six were made. The Heat seemed to really lack energy and effort tonight, especially on the defensive end. For a game like this to happen so close to the playoffs is a little concerning.

The Heat’s next game is Monday, as they travel to Washington to take on the Wizards (42-38). The tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 pm.

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  • Real M-Fing talk !!!

    Its games like this and a lot of miami loses that proves why Lebron should get the MVP, he does EVERYTHING for his team, he has to have his game on point almost every night for the Heat to win, tonight was average to poor for Lebron 11-22 27 points, 8 rebounds 5 assist and still the other guys other than Wade were all no shows, While Durant can have a 8-27
    After watching this game i am now convinced that flat billed platypus looking head coach Eric Spo. was either born stupid, which there nothing that can be done about it, or stupidity happen to stick to him one day like a bad smell and has now found a permanent home with Eric…. Then why else would Eric be playing Coles, Douglas and Allen while giving zero playing time to Beasley… He cannot play three between these guys there are average more turnovers , and fouls than points scored. I do not know if that pug faced Eric knows this but Coles is hurting the team and you wont it last year with Coles on the bench, i said all along the Heat will not win with Beasley playing… Why does Lebron and at times Wade have to play again the opponents defense, the ineptness of their own teams, and G.M and head coach are are clueless a lot of the time Not because a guy who started out on fries or video and is now the manger of a restaurant or head coach of a team, does not make him start, its just proves if you stick it out long enough you will get a shot… Why would anyone buy a million dollar high power machine and hand the keys
    over to a complete novice… the players should not have to compensate
    for the head coach…