Everything You Need to Know - Hawks vs. Heat - November 18, 2009

Atlanta 105, Miami 90 | November 18, 2009 | Philips Arena
  • The Atlanta Hawks keep on rolling, winning their sixth straight victory -- overall and at home -- with a 15-point win over playoff opponent Miami, 105-90, in front of their first sellout crowd of the season.
  • The win keeps Atlanta tied atop the NBA standings at 10-2 (tied with Phoenix), and marks the eighth consecutive home win dating back to last season.
  • Joe Johnson scored 30 to lead all scorers (his second 30+ game), with Josh Smith and Al Horford tossing in 16, as both finished with double-doubles again for the second straight game.
  • Smith had 14 rebounds, while Horford grabbed 12.
  • Atlanta's defense held Dwayne Wade to 15 points, stopping a 23-game streak of 20+ scoring for the All-Star guard.
  • A 25-8 explosion late in the second helped the Hawks to a 17-point (60-43) halftime lead. Johnson and Smith accounted for 32 of the total, connecting on 12-of-21 field goals.
  • Atlanta held advantages on the glass (26-19) and assists (15-8) at intermission.
  • Atlanta wraps up this four-game homestand Friday as Houston comes to town for a 7:30 pm contest (790 AM, FSSO HD).

Joe Johnson



Honorable Mentions
Josh Smith - 30 pts, 5-11 3PM-A
Al Horford - 16 pts, 12 reb, 6-10 FGM-A

- The Hawks just keep adding to their list of early season accomplishments. The most important and most obvious is that they extended their winning streak to six games while staying undefeated at the Highlight Factory. Tonight they had solid contributions from a variety of sources while holding Dwyane Wade to just 15 points on 6-of-18 shooting.

- After building a 17 point lead at halftime the Hawks stumbled out of the gate to start the third quarter as the Heat went on a 13-2 run and eventually cut the lead to just six points. For the second straight game Atlanta shot just 30 percent in the third quarter, and tonight they were also outrebounded 15-9 in the period.

- Leading by seven as the fourth period began, the second unit provided a huge lift by limiting the Heat to just one point over the first 3:15 as they extended the lead to a much safer feeling 12 points.

- Much has been made about Josh Smith's not taking 3-pointers this season, but J-Smoove has also shown more discipline with his interior shot selection. On a night when Miami was aggressively colapsing on Smith when he had the ball inside, Josh was able to kick to outside shooters. Twice in the fourth quarter (once to Marvin, and once to Joe) his passes led to 3-pointers that erased any thoughts the Heat had of mounting a late rally.

- Smith's double-double partner, Al Horford, also continues to impress fans with his versatility. In past seasons Horford has had no problem starting the break with a few quick dribbles before kicking to a guard. This season he has looked smooth and under control leading the fast break down the entire floor.

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