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.
- 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.