The Atlanta Hawks lost to the Miami Heat 101-92 on the road.  With the loss, the Hawks dropped to 12-6 on the season and 0-2 in the regular season series with the Heat.  The starters for the Hawks were Jeff Teague and Devin Harris in the backcourt, DeShawn Stevenson and Josh Smith at the two forward positions, and Al Horford at center.  Kyle Korver (back spasms) did not play.  The leading scorer for the Hawks was Josh Smith, with 22 points.  He also dished out six assists.  Al Horford added 20 points and 11 rebounds, recording his sixth-straight double-double.  DeShawn Stevenson contributed 12 points.  Jeff Teague and Louis Williams scored 11 points apiece.  The leading scorer for the Heat was LeBron James, with a game-high 27 points.  In the first quarter, the Heat took a 28-26 lead over the Hawks as LeBron hit a layup at the buzzer.  In the second quarter, the Hawks and the Heat each scored 28 as the Heat took a 56-54 lead to the break.  In the third quarter, the Heat went on a 17-4 run and took an 82-74 lead over the Hawks heading into the final frame.  In the fourth quarter, the Heat outscored the Hawks 19-18, and the Hawks lost by nine.  I think there were a few key reasons the Hawks lost.  It all started with the starting lineup for the Hawks.  The Heat's biggest weakness is at the center position, and therefore Coach Larry Drew should've started Zaza Pachulia to put pressure on the Heat in the paint.  Coach Drew only played Pachulia 18 minutes, Johan Petro registered only two minutes of playing time, and Ivan Johnson didn't even check into the game.  The Hawks' rotation was not arranged to take advantage of their mismatch inside at all.  In addition, Josh Smith only grabbed three rebounds.  As the longest-tenured player on the team, he needed to step up on the glass when the coach refused to put his other big men in the game.  Then the Hawks proceeded to take 28 three-pointers.  With Korver (arguably the best three-point shooter on the team) out and facing a team with a gaping hole in the middle, the Hawks needed to work the ball inside instead of shooting so much.  Tough loss for the Hawks against the division-rival Heat.
Josh Smith shooting a fadeaway jumper vs. MIA