Atlanta visits the Heat
Miami, FL (Sports Network) – The Miami Heat go for their third straight win
tonight as they welcome the lowly Atlanta Hawks to AmericanAirlines Arena.
This is the third meeting of the season between the two clubs, as each squad
has picked up a victory on its homecourt.
The Hawks made some big news at Thursday’s trade deadline, as they traded
forward Rasheed Wallace to the Detroit Pistons as part of a three-team deal
that also included the Boston Celtics. In addition to Wallace, Detroit also
received guard Mike James from the Celtics. Meanwhile, Atlanta acquired
forward Chris Mills from Boston and center Zeljko Rebraca and guard Bob Sura
from Detroit. Also, the Hawks will obtain the rights to Milwaukee’s 2004
first-round draft choice, which Detroit previously acquired from Denver.
The Celtics received guards Chucky Atkins and Lindsey Hunter, both of whom
were with the Pistons, Detroit’s 2004 first-round selection and cash
Wallace’s stay in Atlanta was brief. He played just one game for the Hawks,
scoring 20 points and grabbing six rebounds in a loss to New Jersey on
Wednesday. The 29-year-old Wallace was dealt to Atlanta along with Wesley
Person by Portland for forward Shareef Abdur-Rahim, center Theo Ratliff and
guard Dan Dickau on February 9.
The Hawks are 2-9 in Friday games this season. Atlanta is 0-16 when it allows
at least 100 points.
Atlanta, which has lost five of its last seven as the visitor, is 7-20 on the
road this season.
The Heat, who did not make a move on Thursday, registered an impressive 97-85
win over the Utah Jazz at AmericanAirlines Arena on Tuesday night. Rookie
guard Dwyane Wade poured in 31 points to pace the Heat to the big victory.
Wade joined Sherman Douglas (1989-90) as the only Heat rookies to score at
least 30 points in a game three times.
Rasual Butler chipped in a season-high 15 and Rafer Alston contributed 13
points in the win for the Heat, who have won two straight games following a
five-game losing streak.
Miami defeated the Jazz for the first time since November 10, 2000. The Heat
also snapped their three-game skid at home.
The Heat are 15-10 at home this season.
Atlanta has lost four straight and 13 of its last 14 at Miami.