FIRST ROUND (Atlanta-4, MIAMI-3)
Game 1-Apr. 19 (Hawks 90, Miami 64): Miami fell behind early and could not recover, as the Atlanta Hawks took a, 90-64, victory in the opening round of the 2009 NBA Playoffs. The HEAT scored on their first possession to go up 2-0, but that would be their biggest of the game as Atlanta took the lead on a three-point basket on the next possession and finished the quarter up three, 24-21. The Hawks increased their lead to eight two minutes into the second quarter before Miami closed it back to three at the 8:39 mark, but an Atlanta 29-12 run put the Hawks up 20, 59-39, heading into the break. Despite the HEAT's 53.3 percent shooting from the field in the third period, Miami could not recover as Atlanta increased their lead by as many as 25 before closing out the period up 19, 76-57. With Miami taking out their starters midway through the quarter, the Hawks rolled to the 90-64 victory, taking game one of the first round 2009 NBA Playoffs match-up. Dwyane Wade finished with a team-high 19 points as Josh Smith led Atlanta with a game-high 23 points.
Game 2-Apr. 22 (Miami 108, Hawks 93): The HEAT captured Game Two of their first round series over Atlanta with a 108-93 win. The two teams exchanged baskets throughout the first quarter as the HEAT closed the period up six, 24-18. Miami came out in the second quarter on fire, shooting 63.2 percent from the field. Dwyane Wade dropped in 13 second quarter points giving the HEAT a 13-point, 54-41, lead heading into the break. Atlanta came out of the locker room hitting 60 percent of their shots, but Miami maintained their lead with the help of Jermaine O'Neal's 10-point third quarter. The HEAT held an 18-point lead with 1:20 left in the third period of play, but the Hawks ended on a 7-0 run cutting the HEAT lead to 11, 83-72, heading into the final stanza. Both teams exchanged buckets through most of the final frame until a 6-1 Atlanta run cut the Miami lead to only five with 4:54 remaining as Wade went to the bench with five fouls. On the next two Miami possessions, Udonis Haslem hit two consecutive baskets to keep the HEAT ahead by seven. After subbing back in, Wade hit a three-point basket, pushing the lead back to double-digits as the HEAT secured the 15-point, 108-93, victory. Wade led Miami with a game-high 33 points as Daequan Cook hit six three point field goals from the HEAT bench, finishing with 20 points. Mike Bibby led the Hawks with a team-high 18 points.
Game 3-Apr. 25 (Miami 107, Hawks 78): The Miami HEAT recorded their second consecutive win this postseason with a, 107-78, victory over the visiting Atlanta Hawks. The HEAT jumped out on the Hawks early, starting off the game on a 9-2 run then increasing their lead to 14 before finishing off the quarter up 10, 22-12. Dwyane Wade dropped in 12 second quarter points as Miami took a 50-29 advantage at the break. The HEAT would keep the lead in the 20's through most of the third period before the Hawks 9-2 run cut the lead to 11 with 19 seconds remaining in the third. On the HEAT's next possession, James Jones hit a three-point basket with 1.5 seconds left to give the HEAT a 14-point, 75-61 lead heading into the final stanza. The Hawks would get no closer than 14 points the rest of the way as Miami pushed it's lead to as many as 31 before recording the 29-point, 107-78 win. Miami finished a perfect 19-of-19 from the foul line while recording a team postseason franchise-best 12 blocks. Wade scored a game-high 29 points and recorded a game-high eight assists. Josh Smith, Al Horford and Mike Bibby all led Atlanta with 13 points apiece.
Game 4-Apr. 27 (Hawks 81, Miami 71): The HEAT dropped Game Four of their first round series against the Atlanta Hawks, 81-71, Monday night at the AmericanAirlines Arena. Miami came out cold, shooting 28.6 percent from the field in the first as Atlanta took a 24-17 lead after one. The Hawks stretched their lead to 21 with 3:47 left in the second, but a 19-2 HEAT run to end the quarter cut the deficit to four, 46-42, heading into the break. Both teams shot 35.7 percent from the field in the third but Atlanta was able to increase their lead by four and head into the final stanza up eight, 63-55. The two teams exchanged baskets to start the fourth before four straight Miami points cut the lead to seven with 5:25 remaining, but the HEAT would get no closer than that the rest of the way as Atlanta tied the series at two games a piece with the 81-71 victory. Dwyane Wade led Miami with a game-high 22 points as James Jones recorded a new postseason career-high 19 points. Mike Bibby led Atlanta with 15 points while Zaza Pachulia recorded a 12-point, 18-rebound double-double from the Hawks bench.
Game 5-Apr. 29 (Hawks 106, Miami 91): The HEAT lost their second consecutive game and Game Five of the best of seven series to the Atlanta Hawks, 106-91. The two teams exchanged baskets in the first as they traded the lead five times before Atlanta took a four-point lead, 24-
20 after one, but the second quarter belonged to the Hawks. After two made HEAT free throws cut the lead to six with 8:45 left, Atlanta went on a 32-
15 run and took their biggest lead of the game, 23 points, into the break. Dwyane Wade found his rhythm, as he scored on the first three
possessions of the third. He later cut the Atlanta lead to 13 after a three-point play that included a lay-up and foul at the 1:00 mark. Despite his 17-
point third quarter, Atlanta held a 15-point lead, 85-70, heading into the final stanza. The Hawks started the fourth on an 8-4 run and later increased
their lead by as many as 22 with 3:41 to play. The HEAT would then go on a 7-2 run to finish the game, but it wouldn't be enough as they still found
themselves down by 15 as the final buzzer sounded. Wade led Miami with a game-high 29 points as Joe Johnson led Atlanta with 25 points.
Game 6-May 1 (Miami 98, Hawks 72): The Miami HEAT tied up the best of seven series at three games apiece with their, 98-72, win over the Atlanta Hawks. The HEAT came out on fire shooting 55.6 percent from the field on their way to a 14-point, 32-18, lead after one. The Hawks would turn up their defense holding Miami to 6-of-22 from the field and go on to outscored the HEAT by five as Miami took a nine-point, 51-42, lead into the half. The Heat started the third on a 10-0 run increasing their lead to 19 at the 7:47 mark. Atlanta would score on their next possession to cut the HEAT lead to 17, but they would get no closer than that the rest of the way. Miami increased their lead by as many as 26 in the period finishing up 22, 78-56, heading into the final stanza. The fourth quarter was no different as Atlanta never cut the Miami lead below 20 points as the HEAT closed out the game up 26, 98-72, to even the series at three games apiece. Dwyane Wade scored a game-high 41 points as Michael Beasley dropped in a postseason franchise-tying 22 points from the HEAT bench. Mike Bibby scored an Atlanta team-high 20 points.
Game 7-May 3 (Hawks 91, Miami 78): The Atlanta Hawks closed out the first round series against the Miami HEAT with a, 91-78, win. The HEAT started the game on an 8-2 run before the Hawks went on an 8-2 run of their own to tie the score at 10 apiece midway thru the first quarter. The two teams exchanged baskets as Atlanta closed the quarter up two, 20-18. A poor shooting second quarter for Miami had them down by double-digits at the 8:00 mark as the Hawks took a 13-point advantage heading into the break. Despite the HEAT's 53.8 percent shooting from the field and an 11-point third quarter by Miami's Dwyane Wade, the HEAT still found themselves battling back down by double-digits the entire third quarter as Atlanta increased their lead by three to take a 16-point, 68-52, lead entering the final period of play. The Hawks increased their lead by as much as 29 before Miami went on a 11-0 run, cutting the margin down to 18 with 4:17 remaining, but Atlanta maintained their lead and closed out the game up 13, 91-78, taking the victory and advancing on to Round Two of the 2009 NBA Playoffs. Wade finished with a game-high 31 points as Joe Johnson led Atlanta with a team-high 27 points.