Heat take down Atlanta to win fourth straight

MIAMI FL - DECEMBER 04: Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat is congratulated by Joel Anthony #50 and Chris Bosh #1 during a game against the Atlanta Hawks at American Airlines Arena on December 4 2010 in Miami Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and/or using this Photograph User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Any concern for a Heat letdown after their emotional win in Cleveland on Thursday was quickly put to bed.  They jumped out to a 17-point lead early on and the Big 3 carried Miami to their fourth straight win.  They combined to score 75 of the Heat's 89 points, and if not for a late triple by Mike Bibby then they would have outscored the Hawks on their own. 

Atlanta made a game of it after a strong 3rd quarter, getting the Heat lead all the way down to 2 with less then 5 minutes left.  The Hawks then missed their next 6 shots and Miami went on an 11-0 run to seal the game.  Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade each came away with a double double, grabbing 10 rebounds apiece.

It wasn't that long ago when the Heat had lost 4 of their last 5 games and people were starting to panic.  For now, those feelings are in the rearview mirror with the Heat winning four straight and showing that they can win games in different ways.  Tonight it was almost all Wade, James and Bosh while others they have gotten major contributions from the bench, or drilled a bunch of trey's. 

Regardless of how they do it, as long as they keep winning games then all will be well.  Miami now hits the road, playing their next 4 games away from home.  Monday night they play the Milwaukee Bucks before heading out west to face Utah, Golden State and Sacramento. 

GAME NOTES

  • This was just the 2nd win for the Heat against teams with winning records (on the day of game)
  • Al Horford was money for the Hawks, hitting 10-of-11 from the field and coming one rebound shy of a double double.
  • Carlos Arroyo is shooting just 9-of-29 (31%) in his last 5 games. 
  • The Heat blocked 9 shots tonight. D-Wade had 3 and Joel Anthony had 2.
  • Wade's stat line was pretty full.  26 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals and the 3 blocks. 
  • LeBron James now has a steal in 18-straight games. 
  • Still too many jumpshots, not enough driving the ball. 

The Heat gets back at it on Monday night in Milwaukee.  I am not going to be able to get online until next weekend so Keebler and tedhill will be running things.  Have a great week everyone.  Go Heat!

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