Six Heat players reached double-figure scoring, including a returning Michael Beasley who had missed seven games, led by LeBron James with an astounding stat line of 38 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists. The team as a whole were not particularly sharp from long range (10-29, .345 FG%) or the charity stripe (19-29, .655).
The Hawks had numerous chances to close out the game and earn a significant road victory against their division rival but let it slip away in the final moments of regulation. After falling behind 0-13 where they suffered six quick turnovers, the Hawks settled down and went on a 10-3 run to get right back into the game. However, LeBron and four reserves went another run and closed the first quarter on a Norris Cole three-pointer for a ten-point lead.
In a game featuring several runs from both teams, the Hawks once again surged back and ended up taking a 54-50 lead at halftime while the Heat struggled on offense, only able to score 17 points after leading by as many as 14 early in the second quarter. Jeff Teague caused havoc with his quickness and court vision while Paul Millsap and Kyle Korver seemingly couldn't miss from beyond the arc. The Heat also didn't have much of an answer for Al Horford, who ended up with 21 points.
The Hawks used a 16-2 run stretching back from the final minutes of the second quarter to take a double-digit lead in the third quarter. With the score 65-54, Beasley entered the game for a scoreless Shane Battier and quickly fed Ray Allen for a layup. Allen followed that with a jumper and then assisted LeBron for a three-pointer to get the Heat right back into the game.
That wasn't enough to take the lead and Millsap proceed to bury three 3-pointers to help Atlanta stretch the lead back up to nine points. Beasley opened the final quarter scoring the Heat's first five points but the Hawks kept answering back with timely baskets. Horford, Millsap and Teague all scored in the fourth quarter and by the time Louis Williams and Korver had each knocked down a three-pointer, the game looked out of reach for the home team with just a minute and a half left in the game and a seven point defecit.
Without Wade to help create offense and Chris Bosh, who had to receive stitches courtesy of Millsap's elbow in the locker room for several minutes, LeBron went on a rampage with back-to-back threes and a ferocious dunk on Millsap to bring the Heat to just one point with 14 seconds left in the game. Allen was subsequently fouled attempting a corner three and hit nothing but net with three perfect free throws.
The Hawks were up by three points with 81 seconds left in overtime but didn't score again, with Birdman hitting a layup and Beasley hitting two clutch free throws to retake the lead for the final time.