Heat burn Hawks
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) – Jason Williams scored 21 points and handed out
nine assists, as Miami blew out Atlanta, 96-74, at Philips Arena.
Dwyane Wade added 20 points while Alonzo Mourning posted 14 points and 12
rebounds for the Heat, who have won two straight games. Gary Payton chipped in
13 points in the lopsided contest.
“We’re trying to get into a rhythm,” said Wade. “Jason (Williams) has been
playing well and he’s leading the offense on the team. He’s really confident
in his shooting now and everything seems to be falling for him.”
Miami has now beaten the Hawks eight straight times and last lost to Atlanta
on November 28, 2003.
Zaza Pachulia had 17 points and 11 boards for the Hawks, who have dropped
three straight. Al Harrington added 16 points and nine rebounds in the
“We hung in there for the most part,” said Harrington. “We did the best that
we could, but we came up a little short.”
The Heat led 18-12 after the first quarter and extended the edge to 10 points
on Payton’s jumper early in the second. Miami then widened the gap to 30-18 on
Shandon Anderson’s basket later in the period and eventually carried a 43-34
edge into the locker room.
Mourning had 12 points and eight rebounds to pace the Heat, who shot 51
percent in the first half, while Atlanta made only 38 percent of its attempts
in the opening 24 minutes.
Miami extended its cushion to 59-45 on Mourning’s layup with 5:40 left in the
third quarter and led by as many as 17 in the period.
The Hawks, though, used a late surge to cut their deficit to 11 and trailed
70-59 after three quarters.
Atlanta pulled within seven points early in the fourth, but that is as close
as the Heat would let the score get. Miami quickly widened its edge to 76-65,
courtesy of two Payton free throws and coasted to the easy win.
The Heat led by as many as 24 points.
Miami shot 53 percent for the game (40-of-75) and hit 6-of-17 three-point
attempts, while the Hawks connected on only 40 percent of their shots (30-
of-75) and did not hit a shot from behind the arc (0-for-7)…The Heat have
won four straight in Atlanta…Miami won for only the second time in six road
meetings, while the Hawks fell to 1-5 at Philips Arena.