Hawks vs. Heat - Recap
The Atlanta Hawks lost to the Miami Heat 98-81 on the road at the American Airlines Arena. This was the fourth and final meeting between these division-rivals this regular season. With the loss, the Hawks dropped to 34-29 on the season and 0-4 in the regular season series with the Heat. The starters for the Hawks were Jeff Teague and DeShawn Stevenson in the backcourt, Anthony Tolliver and Josh Smith at the two forward spots, and Al Horford at center. Zaza Pachulia (sore right Achilles) and Louis Williams (torn ACL, right knee) were the two inactives for the Hawks. Johan Petro received a DNP-CD. The leading scorer for the Hawks was Josh Smith, with 15 points. He also grabbed six boards. Al Horford and Jeff Teague added 12 points apiece, with Horford also grabbing six rebounds. The leading scorer for the Heat was Dwyane Wade, with a game-high 23 points. In the first quarter, the Heat outscored the Hawks 26-18. In the second quarter, the Hawks closed within one point, but the Heat responded with a 10-0 run (16-4 overall) as they extended their lead to 57-44 at the break. In the third quarter, the Heat outscored the Hawks 22-21, and they extended their lead to 79-65 heading into the final frame. Ivan Johnson hit a jumper with 0.1 seconds to go in the quarter. In the fourth quarter, the Hawks were held to just 16 points, and they lost by 17. The only plus in the fourth quarter was that Shelvin Mack scored his first point as a Hawk. I think the key reason the Hawks lost was turnovers. The Hawks turned the ball over 22 times. It is tough to win when you let so many possessions go to waste. Tough loss for the Hawks in this nationally-televised (thanks to NBATV's Fan Night) rematch of their 2009 first round playoff series.