ATLANTA, Nov. 30 (Ticker) --
By the time Dwyane Wade
got involved, the
Miami Heat already had the Atlanta Hawks well under control.
The Heat stifled the Hawks in the first half and Wade scored 14
of his 20 points in the third quarter of a 96-74 victory, their
first on the road since Shaquille O'Neal's
injury almost four
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had 21 points and nine assists and Alonzo Mourning
added 14 and 12 rebounds for Miami, which had lost four
straight road games since O'Neal sprained his ankle Nov. 3.
Overall, the Heat are 8-5 without their superstar center.
Beginning a five-game road trip, Miami fell into a 4-0 hole in
the first minute but controlled the game thereafter. It limited
Atlanta to eight points the rest of the opening period and 34
on 37.5 percent (15-of-40) shooting in the first half.
The Heat built a 45-34 halftime advantage without much help from
Wade, who shot just 2-of-12 in the first half. The All-Star
guard heated up in the third quarter, however, making 6-of-10
shots and helping Miami maintain its lead.
"When I'm shooting bad and we've got an (11)-point lead (at the
half), it makes you feel pretty good about your team," Wade
said. "Jason is playing well. He's the leader of the offense
on our team."
"Dwyane played his worst half of the year in the first half,"
Miami coach Stan Van Gundy
said. "But he rebounded very well
and had a good third quarter."
The Hawks trailed, 70-59, entering the final period but closed
to 72-65 with 9:47 left on a layup by Zaza Pachulia
, who had 17
points and 11 rebounds.
However, on a night when Atlanta's hawk mascot "Spirit" refused
to fly from the top of the arena to the court before the game,
the Hawks allowed the Heat to take off as Miami scored 24 of the
next 31 points - none by Wade, who was scoreless in the final
"We came out lackluster and we didn't have the energy in the
second half," Hawks guard Royal Ivey
said. "When we cut it to
seven, we didn't capitalize, and they ended pulling away at the
"We had the same kind of fourth quarter we had last night (in
Houston)," Hawks coach Mike Woodson
said. "It was a seven-point
game and we had possession of the ball. Then it was a 20-point
game. The same thing happened last night in the fourth
quarter. It's kind of disappointing."
Although Wade was just 8-of-22, Miami shot 53 percent (40-of-75)
and held a 29-10 advantage in bench scoring as it beat Atlanta
for the eighth straight time. Gary Payton
scored 13 points and
fellow reserve Antoine Walker
"I loved the way we finished the game and I love the way our
bench played, but I'm not going to go crazy praising our guys
because it was a very uneven performance," Van Gundy said. "We
should have come out with more."
"I was happy we were able to get a win on the road," Mourning
said. "We haven't been playing too well on the road. I think
we have the capabilities to put a nice little road streak
together. It's always good to start a long road trip off with a
had 16 points and nine rebounds and Joe Johnson
scored 13 points for the Hawks, who were held to a season-low
total and have lost three in a row.