MIAMI, Jan. 19 (Ticker) -- Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat showed signs of rust early, but turned it on when it mattered most.

Wade scored 12 of his 25 points in the third quarter and Shaquille O'Neal added 25 as the Heat pulled away for a 111-92 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.

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"Shaquille had a very good first half offensively. Dwyane had a very good second half offensively," Miami coach Stan Van Gundy said. "There was far more good than bad, but I'd like to see more consistency. I'm a gloom-and-doom guy. I'd like to see us better."

Miami was playing for the first time in five days after finishing a 2-3 road trip with a double-overtime loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday. Wade sat out the final two games of the trip with a myriad of ailments, among them a bruised rib and a migraine headache.

After a slow start in this one, Wade got the Heat rolling in the third. During a 12-3 run to close the quarter, he assisted on a hoop by Michael Doleac, then converted a three-point play for an 80-68 lead with 60 seconds left.

Wade said a non-call on what he felt was a push "turned my game around" and led to his more aggressive approach.

"It kind of energized us," Wade said. "I thought it needed some (emotion). ... We needed something to get us over the hump. I tried to bring as much as I could, and I was trying to have fun out there.

"Sitting out for two games, you kind of miss basketball."

The Hawks, who have only won twice in 16 road contests this season, wouldn't have minded if Wade had missed another game.

"We were in it until the third quarter once again, and then Dwyane Wade takes over," Atlanta coach Mike Woodson said. "He just exploded."

"It's a good combination we've got going," O'Neal said. "He has fire, he has heart. He's a great competitor."

O'Neal, who carried the Heat on the road trip with 31.0 points and 10.8 rebounds, shouldered the early load with 19 points and nine rebounds in the first half, when Miami held a 54-49 edge.

"It's hard to get up for a team like that," said O'Neal, who had 12 rebounds. "But we did what we had to -- we won."

O'Neal has scored at least 25 points in eight straight games for the Heat, who have won six in a row and nine of 10 over the Hawks.

Antoine Walker scored 18 points and grabbed 16 rebounds but was 0-of-6 from 3-point range, part of Atlanta's 2-of-14 effort from the arc.

The Hawks had split their last four games, but only led Miami twice and by a point each time.

"I am frustrated with our play," Atlanta guard Tyronn Lue said. "They have two of the best players in the league. When Shaq (O'Neal) goes out, Dwyane starts playing more aggressively, and when Dwyane goes out, Shaq gets more aggressive offensively. (Shaq) did it to us last game, too. We did not accept the challenge defensively tonight."