Hawks hand Miami their first loss of season

All good things must come to an end, and that was the case tonight at the AAA as the Miami Heat's undefeated start to the season ended at the hands of the Atlanta Hawks 100-92. For the first time this season a team was able to slow down the Heat and keep them in half-court mode a lot more then they liked, and the Hawks did that by playing a lot of zone defense and showing Miami some athleticism they hadn't seen yet this year.

It also helped that Atlanta shot 56.3% from 3-point range, including several huge triples in the final minutes of the 4th quarter to keep the Hawks lead too much for the Heat to overcome. The comeback attempt had Miami shooting more three's then usual, with Chris Bosh going 0-for-3 and Dwyane Wade missing his first attempt from downtown this season. As a team the Heat shot just 38.5% from beyond the arc.

GAME NOTES

  • This was the first game of the year for both teams against an above .500 opponent.
  • Shane Battier had his first productive game of the season, hitting 3-of-4 from downtown with 2 boards, 2 assists and a block.
  • Dwyane Wade had a very rough game, hitting just 4 of his 17 shots, though he did have a season-high 10 assists, 3 steals and a block. He now has a block in every game this season and in 9 straight games going back to last year.
  • Atlanta's 33 4th quarter points and 53 2nd half points are both highs against the Heat this season.
  • Udonis Haslem grabbed 10 rebounds, his 3rd game with double digit boards this season. He also has two games with 9 rebounds.
  • LeBron James led all players with 28 points. He had a solid all-around game with 7 rebounds and 6 assists though he struggled offensively in the 2nd half, along with his Heat teammates.

Miami now gets a day off before another back-to-back set, first playing Indiana at home before heading up to Atlanta for a rematch of tonight's game.

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