Everything You Need to Know - Hawks vs. Heat

Miami 94, Atlanta 76 | February 10, 2010 | Philips Arena
  • The Heat outscored the Hawks 27-12 in the 4th quarter on their way to a 94-76 win at Philips Arena...The loss snaps Atlanta's 3-game winning streak and 5-game home winning streak.
  • Atlanta was without the services of Jamal Crawford (sore left shoulder) and Zaza Pachulia (sore left hip).
  • The Hawks started strong taking a 27-20 lead after the 1st quarter...Miami opened the second on a 15-4 run and outscored Atlanta 23-15 in the period for a 43-42 lead at the break.
  • All five Hawks starters hit double-figures, led by Josh Smith's 18...Joe Johnson scored 16, Mike Bibby 12, and Marvin Williams and Al Horford 11 each.
  • Horford added 10 rebounds for his team-best 20th double-double.
  • Jermaine O'Neal led Miami with 19 points and 10 rebounds, Dwyane Wade had 18 points and 11 assists, and Udonis Haslem tallied 14 points and 12 boards.
  • The Heat shot 50.6% for the game while Hawks hit 37.5%...Miami also had a 45-8 edge in bench scoring.
  • The Hawks are back in action on 2\17 at LA Clippers (10:30pm SPSO and 790 The Zone).

Josh Smith



Honorable Mentions:
Al Horford - 11 pts, 10 reb

- Starting with the obvious... 8 points from the bench. "The Wingmen" just aren't the same without their ringleader, Jamal Crawford. The absence of Zaza Pachulia also hurt the Hawks who could have used an sort of spark from the reserves during the final three quarters.

- The Hawks were ahead by seven after the first quarter, but the Heat went to a zone to start the second. Atlanta's offense sputtered, converting only one field goal over the first eight minutes of the quarter. Miami used the zone frequently the rest of the game, and Atlanta gave them no reason to abandon it as they hit only 22% from behind the arc.

- Joe Johnson may have felt the biggest impact from the zone. He hit 4-of-5 for 10 points in the first quarter before struggling to a final stat line of 7-of-21 for 16 points.

- While the loss was unfortunate, the timing of the nagging injuries could be worse. The Hawks are now off until the 17th when they face the Clippers in L.A. Overall, Atlanta has to be happy about how they have avoided the inury bug this season. Tonight was only the second game the Hawks have had to play without the services of one of their top six players.

- Tonight the Hawks GM Rick Sund took the time to meet with some of the Hawks fans in the Blogosphere. Check out the following sites for some quality commentary:
- PeachtreeHoops.com | Hawks Str8 Talk | The Vent | Soaring Down South
And also check out:
Brian Reynolds on RealGM.com (link), Hoopinion and Human Highlight Blog