Hawks vs. Heat - Recap
The Atlanta Hawks lost to the Miami Heat 103-90 at home at Philips Arena. This was the third of four meetings between these two teams this regular season. With the loss, the Hawks dropped to 29-23 on the season and 0-3 in the regular season series with the Heat. The starters for the Hawks were Jeff Teague and DeShawn Stevenson in the backcourt, Josh Smith and Al Horford at the two forward positions, and Zaza Pachulia at center. Louis Williams (torn ACL, right knee) did not dress. Anthony Morrow, Johan Petro, and Mike Scott received DNP-CDs. The leading scorer for the Hawks was Al Horford, with a game-high 27 points. He also grabbed nine boards, nearly registering a double-double on the night. Kyle Korver added 12 points and seven rebounds off the bench. Josh Smith nearly had a triple-double, with 10 points, nine boards, and nine assists. Ivan Johnson scored 10 points off the bench. The leading scorer for the Heat was LeBron James, with 24 points. In the first quarter, the Heat outscored the Hawks 24-17. In the second quarter, the Hawks went on a 11-0 run and retook the lead, 49-45, at the half. It would've been a six-point lead at the break had LeBron not dropped in a buzzer beating jumper. In the third quarter, the Hawks went on a 10-0 run, and they extended their lead to 73-63 heading into the final frame. In the fourth quarter, the Heat began with a 13-0 run. LeBron dished out 11 assists, Shane Battier and Ray Allen both scored in double-figures in the quarter, and the Hawks lost by 13. I think the key reason the Hawks lost was turnovers. They essentially gave the Heat extra possessions (meaning extra scoring opportunities) by turning the ball over 19 times, and the Heat capitalized. The Hawks fought hard for 36 minutes, but it ended up a tough loss for the Hawks against the defending-champion division-rival Heat in what may end up being Josh Smith's final game in an Atlanta Hawks uniform.