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Heat Vs. Hawks: Josh Smith, Lou Williams lead Atlanta to win in preseason opener

Josh Smith scored 21 points while Lou Williams added 18 as the Atlanta Hawks begin the exhibition season with a 92-79 win over the Miami Heat.

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Closing the book on the win over the Heat

Coming off of a 92-79 win over Miami in their exhibition opener, the Hawks will hit the road on Wednesday for a matchup with the Spurs in San Antonio.

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New-look Hawks impress in preseason opener

The Atlanta Hawks came up with a solid effort in their first preseason game earning a 92-79 win over the Miami Heat.

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Hawks open preseason with 92-79 win over Heat

Josh Smith scored 21 points while Lou Williams added 18 as the Atlanta Hawks begin the exhibition season with a 92-79 win over the Miami Heat.

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Hawks take 47-45 lead into halftime over Heat

The Atlanta Hawks have a 47-45 lead over the Miami Heat at halftime of the preseason opener for both clubs. Atlanta fell behind 26-19 in the first quarter but a strong showing in the second quarter has Atlanta up at the break.

LeBron James leads Miami with 10 points in 16 minutes of playing time. Chris Bosh has seven while Shane Battier and Ray Allen finished the half with six each. Miami shot 51 percent in the first half and made 4-7 from downtown.

Lou Williams leads all scorers with 11 points off the bench for the Hawks. Josh Smith and DeShawn Stevenson have eight points while Al Horford added six. The Hawks hit 45 percent of their shots and were 4-9 from beyond-the-arc.

Larry Drew gave 11 players playing time in the first half and experimented for a short stretch with a three-guard lineup of Jeff Teague, Williams and Stevenson. Damion James had a nice run in the second quarter drawing the difficult assignment of guarding LeBron. James played 13 minutes off the bench in the first half and finished with two points, two rebounds and two assists.

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Korver, Stevenson join Hawks' starting lineup

Larry Drew spoke with the media prior to Sunday's preseason opener against the Miami Heat and said that he would test several different starting lineups during the exhibition season. For Sunday's opener, Drew will go with Jeff Teague and DeShawn Stevenson in the backcourt. Kyle Korver and Josh Smith will line up at forward while Al Horford handles the center position.

Neither Zaza Pachulia nor Devin Harris will be in uniform on Sunday as both continue to recover from minor injuries. Pachulia has a sore groin while Harris is recovering from knee issues. Drew indicated that he hopes to see both players on the court at some point during the preseason.

As far as lineups go, Drew also indicated that he would take a look at a big lineup during the preseason with Josh Smith at the small forward position. Drew wants to maintain the flexibility that he has enjoyed last season.

Dwyane Wade will sit out today's game for the Heat as he continues to recover from off season knee surgery. LeBron James is expected to start at small forward.

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No local TV or radio coverage for Hawks-Heat

The Atlanta Hawks will open up their preseason schedule on Sunday against the defending NBA Champions the Miami Heat. There will be no local television or radio coverage of the game so fans wanting to see the debut of the new look Hawks will have to do so in person.

At this point there have been no broadcast information released for any of the preseason schedule. Following Sunday's game, Atlanta will hit the road for three straight starting with Wednesday's trip to San Antonio. From there the Hawks will hit Memphis and Indiana before returning home to take on New Orleans.

Game Date/Time: Sunday, October 7, 2 p.m. ET

Location: Philips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia

TV: None

Radio: None

Hawks preseason schedule:

Sunday, Oct 7 Vs. Miami 2:00 pm
Wednesday, Oct 10 @ San Antonio 8:30 pm
Sunday, Oct 14 @ Memphis 6:00 pm
Tuesday, Oct 16 @ Indiana 7:00 pm
Thursday, Oct 18 Vs. New Orleans 7:30 pm
Saturday, Oct 20 Vs Dallas 7:00 pm
Friday, Oct 26 @ Detroit 7:30 pm

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Larry Drew still mum on starting lineup

Larry Drew hasn't named a starting lineup for Sunday's preseason game against the Miami Heat.

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Several Hawks to sit out preseason opener

Larry Drew indicated on Friday that the entire Hawks training camp roster wouldn't dress out for Sunday's preseason opener against Miami.

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