For the seventh time this season, the Heat allowed their opponent to score 100 points. They are now 1-6 in those games, with the lone win coming in the third game of the season. The Heat have lost six straight when allowing 100 or more points.
The Atlanta Hawks (11-6) blitzed the Miami Heat (9-9) early and never really looked back, winning by a final score of 112-102. The Heat came as close as 63-62 with 6:26 left in the third quarter, but from that point on it was all Hawks. Miami has now lost consecutive division games where they've allowed the opponent to shoot over 54% from the field. That's a pretty disturbing trend.
Chris Bosh led the Heat with 27 points and 11 rebounds. Dwyane Wade added 12 fourth quarter points on his way to a 28 point, 7 assist performance but it wasn't enough. If we're looking for some bright spots, Mario Chalmers continued his strong play with 19 points and 11 assists and was a team best +18.
There are two easy to see reasons that Miami lost this game:
First was allowing Atlanta to score 112 points on 54% shooting. Atlanta's guards killed Miami's guards off the dribble on a regular basis (Teague and Schroder combined for 43 points on 14-20 shooting with 9 assists) leading to easy layups and open threes for Kyle Korver and seemingly anybody else who was on the floor (seven different Hawks made threes).
The second was the 18 turnovers. While Miami did settle down in the second half (12 first half turnovers versus just 6 in the second) it's very difficult to win in the NBA turning it over that often. The 76ers, for reference, average 17 turnovers a game and you see how that's working for them. Miami is in the top third on a normal basis, averaging just over 13 a game, but those extra 5 can make all the difference. I wouldn't expect this trend to continue, as the Heat are still getting acquainted with one another (tonight was Josh McRoberts' first start and it showed - he had 4 turnovers himself), but there will be some growing pains as the team gets healthy.
Brief injury note: Luol Deng did not return to the game after halftime with a bruised right hand. He suffered the injury in the first quarter and played through it for a bit, so it remains to be seen if he will be out going forwards.
Next up for the Heat is a five game road trip starting in Milwaukee on Friday night as the Heat take on the Bucks at 8:30.