Heat Escape Hawks- Win 89-86

March 7, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) drives to the basket against Atlanta Hawks shooting guard Jerry Stackhouse (42) during the second half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

It came down to the wire, as the Miami Heat were able to outlast the Atlanta Hawks in a grueling South East Division match up.

Led by Lebron james and Dwyane Wade, Miami overturned a 11 point deficit in the 3rd quarter, tallying their 11th straight home victory of the season

The Hawks played their 4th straight game without Joe Johnson, but proved to be a legitimate threat once again. Lebron James was stellar throughout, finishing with a game high 31 points and 11 rebounds.

Dwyane Wade was a pedestrian 7-17 from the field, but oversaw the decision making down the stretch. Contrary to previous games, Wade had the ball in his hands with the opportunity to execute the offense entirely. Wade scored or assisted on all 4 of the last baskets scored by the Miami Heat down the stretch.

Chris Bosh struggled throughout the game, shooting 3-14 and finishing with 9 points and 8 rebounds, but connected on a big shot down stretch from the left wing.

The Heat failed to connect from downtown the entire game, managing to shoot 42% for the game. Perimeter shooters Mike Miller, Mario Chalmers, Norris Cole and Shane Battier shot a combined 5-18.

Miami survived the Atlanta Hawks Wednesday night, tallying their 2nd straight win and putting them 1 game behind in the loss column behind the Chicago Bulls.

Miami's next game is Saturday, as they look to extend their winning streak to 3, while they host the Indiana Pacers.

Game Notes

  • First time since 2006, Miami did not make a 3-pointer
  • Lebron James passed Rick Barry on the all time scoring list as number 55
  • Lebron, Wade and Bosh are the first 3 teammates to tally the 250 fg mark this season
  • Dwyane Wade made his 4,000th career free throw of his career
  • Dwayne Wade and Lebron James were the only players to score in double figures
  • Miami Heat shot a record 0-10 from beyond the arc
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