Atlanta Hawks 98, Miami Heat 85
LeBron James: B+
10-22 FG (3-7 3FG), 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 block, 3 turnovers, 27 points
On the second game of the back-to-back, LeBron looked tired after his A-plus performance Friday night against the Indiana Pacers. Still, he was able to put up 27 points but not in his usual, efficient fashion. He wasn’t as disruptive on defense either, where I thought the Heat as whole missed some opportunities for transition points. The fact that he had 27 points is impressive, and we probably expect too much from LeBron on a night-to-night basis. He wasn’t the problem.
Dwyane Wade: A
10-14 FG, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 block, 2 turnovers, 24 points
In his first game back since missing nine straight, Wade came out strong hitting all seven of his first-half shots. As he has all season, he looked spry and energetic upon his return from rest. On the first possession of the game, Wade blocked Paul Millsap‘s shot and dunked it on the other end to give Miami an early 2-0 lead.
Jeff Teague: A
9-17 FG (1-3 3FG), 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 steals, 0 turnovers, 25 points
Teague was simply unstoppable tonight. His efficient 25 points came off a series of jumpers, layups and floaters that frustrated Heat players and fans all night. To top it of, he helped Atlanta win the turnover battle with four steals and zero turnovers himself.
Miami Heat: D
35-73 (6-25 3FG), 9-19 FT, 44 rebounds to Atlanta’s 38, 18 assists to Atlanta’s 24, 20 turnovers to Atlanta’s 12
LeBron and Wade scored 51 of Miami’s 85 points. The Heat bench was non-existent and the three-point shooting was horrendous with Mario Chalmers, Norris Cole, Rashard Lewis, Ray Allen and Chris Bosh going a combined 3-of-17 from beyond the arc. The overall team defense was pretty atrocious, too, with multiple blown close outs due to laziness (and partly attributed to the back-to-back). LeBron and Wade did their jobs of cutting and getting points in the paint, but the rest of the team didn’t show up.