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Preview: Heat hit the road to face Hawks Friday night

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The Miami Heat seek their first road win of the season and they have a solid chance to do it tonight against the Atlanta Hawks.

Kevin C. Cox

The Miami Heat are a perfect 4-0 at home in the AmericanAirlines Arena but looked flat and disinterested in their only road game of the season, a 104-84 setback against the New York Knicks exactly a week ago.

Tonight's game should be an easier task at hand, and the Heat will want their first win on the road to set the tone for their six-game trip in which they won't play again in Miami until November 21 against the Milwaukee Bucks.

This is a different Hawks team than the Heat have faced the past few years with notable players like Joe Johnson and Marvin Williams gone. LeBron's good friend DeShawn Stevenson is now in their starting lineup and they will need to count on Al Horford to not only keep up with Chris Bosh on defense but to also generate offense of his own and consistently score inside to take advantage of the Heat's defense in the paint that has proven to be up-and-down so far this season.

Kyle Korver vs Shane Battier should be a fun matchup to keep an eye on but it remains to be seen if the Hawks have any answers for the Big 3.

Tune in tonight at 7:30 PM to watch what happens.

2012/2013 NBA Regular Season (Game 5)
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November 9, 2012
Philips Arena, Atlanta
7:30 PM
Sun Sports, 790 AM/104.3 FM The Ticket
Probable Starters
Mario Chalmers PG Jeff Teague
Dwyane Wade SG DeShawn Stevenson
Shane Battier SF Kyle Korver
LeBron James PF Josh Smith
Chris Bosh C Al Horford