The (29-22) Atlanta Hawks took on the (36-14) Miami Heat. The Hawks got off to a slow start in the first quarter. They were down 24-17 at the end of one. They made a spectacular run in the 2nd quarter, sparked by Ivan Johnson off the bench and Al Horford, who shot 100% from the field in the first half. The Hawks won the 2nd quarter 32-21 which made the score 49-45 at halftime. The Hawks came right back out on fire in the third quarter and had a 10 point lead going into the 4th quarter. The Hawks were 24-1 when leading after 3, which is the best in the NBA. That meant nothing to the Heat because they came out on fire in the 4th quarter and went on a 13-0 run to take the lead and pretty much the game. The Heat scored 40 points in the 4th to the Hawks 17. They were led by the hot shooting of Ray Allen who had 13 in the 4th and Shane Battier. The final score was Miami 103- Atlanta 90, pushing the Hawks to 29-23 and the Heat to 37-14 and 5 games ahead of every one else in the East. Josh Smith had 10 pts, 9 assist, and 9 rebounds, while Al Horford had 27 pts and 9 rebs. Ivan Johnson contributed 10 points off the bench and Kyle Korver contributed 12 points off the bench, shooting 4-5 from 3pt range.
The Hawks shot 50% from the field while the Heat shot 47.4%, Hawks grabbed 42 rebounds to the Heat 33. So how did they lose? Turnovers were the story in this game, Atlanta with 19 turnovers and the Heat with only 11. Also the Heat shot 44% from long range to the Hawks 27%. Another tough loss for the Hawks who are now 17-11 at Home. Atlanta’s next game will be at home against the Sacramento Kings on Friday, the 22nd of February. The Hawks will honor the 1990’s team during that game.