Just a little too much this time. The Heat trailed by as many as 15 points against the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night, and despite a comeback that rallied them to within 4 points in the 4th, the Heat couldn't get any closer.
The Heat started the game just fine, keeping pace with the Hawks in the first quarter, but were out-scored by 10 in the second quarter. The rest of the game seemed like it was played with the Hawks up 10-14 points. Every time the Heat made some sort of push, the Hawks always had an answer.
Atlanta did it their terrific ball movement compliments of their head coach, Mike Budenholzer. The Hawks had 25 assists on 37 made field goals. That's pretty good. The Heat really struggled to contain Hawks PG Jeff Teague off the dribble. Teague was routinely hurting Goran Dragic, and he was the engine that kept Atlanta far ahead. He finished the game with 26 points and 9 assists.
The Hawks had great efforts from all around -- Paul Millsap, Al Horford, and Kent Bazemore all scored in double figures and Kyle Korver had 9 points. Meanwhile, for Miami, it was a terrible night for Chris Bosh. He couldn't score the ball with ease at any point. 4-14 shooting left the All-Star with only 9 points. The Heat shot 44% but had 18 turnovers.
The silver lining for the Heat was the play of Hassan Whiteside. He had 23 points, 14 rebound and 4 blocks. He sarted off the game great, and even on top of all that, changed many shots. He's getting better and more consistent. Whiteside was 11-12 on field goals. Dwyane Wade also had 21 points, his season average. Wade sat out a long portion of the second half in the locker room, although we aren't sure why.
Chris Andersen made his season debut and played well. He came in because Josh McRoberts picked up his 5th foul in 10 minutes and wasn't playing well. Dragic came out aggressive and scored 19 points, but wasn't in the mix when the Heat made their run.
When Miami was making the comeback, it was a lineup of Andersen, Bosh, Winslow, Johnson and Chalmers. Yep. It got them close, but wasn't enough. The Hawks won the game 98-92.
Oh, and Mario tried to dunk on Millsap....
The Heat are now 2-2 and will play at Minnesota on Thursday night.