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Heat falter again despite LeBron James' 38 points

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ATLANTA - OCTOBER 21:  LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat drives against Marvin Williams #24 of the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on Thursday night
ATLANTA - OCTOBER 21: LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat drives against Marvin Williams #24 of the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on Thursday night

I'm starting to feel like I'm being repetitive because it seems that after every preseason game the main point is how LeBron James and Chris Bosh are the main performers for the Heat.  While Bosh played alright, but didn't do anything particularly special, the attention circled around LeBron for more then one reason. 

Compared to the first two preseason games played in Atlanta, there were about 50% more fans at this one...and it seems they all showed up to boo LeBron.  All he did to respond was drop 38 points on the Hawks, but unfortunately there wasn't much support from the rest of the Heat as Atlanta came away with a 9-point victory. 

Miami held a three-point victory with 4 minutes left, but things got ugly from that point on.  Atlanta finished the game on a 13-1 run as the Heat continue to have problems closing games out in the preseason.

Looking at the bubble guys, Patrick Beverely didn't make it into the game but he's likely to get a good amount of minutes tomorrow night against the Magic.  Jamaal Magloire actually did get in the game, playing 5 high-energy minutes.  At this point, I don't think a good or bad game is going to make or break it for these guys. Its just going to come down to what Erik Spoelstra and Pat Riley want the end of their roster to look like. 

GAME NOTES

  • Eddie House delivered on a pre-game promise to the scorers table by nailing his first 3-pointer.  He finished 3-of-3 from beyond the arc.  Welcome back, Eddie. 
  • LeBron James how has the two highest scoring games in the NBA this preseason. 
  • Both Carlos Arroyo and Mario Chalmers struggled in this one, shooting a combined 2-for-14 from the field.
  • Joel Anthony had 4 points and 5 rebounds in just 11 minutes of action, which was limited due to foul trouble. 
  • Chris Bosh had 14 points and 14 rebounds.  He's good....

The Heat get back at it tomorrow when they play the Orlando Magic in St. Petersburg.  Tipoff is at 7:30 and the game will be on ESPN.