Kevin C. Cox
A late run by the Miami Heat sent the Atlanta Hawks to a 95-89 loss Friday night at Philips Arena.
The Atlanta Hawks went toe to toe with the defending NBA Champions for three quarters before a late run in the fourth sent them to a 95-89 loss. Miami outscored Atlanta 23-18 in the fourth and LeBron James provided the dagger with just 13.6 remaining.
With Atlanta trailing 91-89, the Hawks ran a nice high, low play with Josh Smith and Al Horford who couldn't put in the lob pass. The Heat grabbed the rebound and James ended up burying a pull up jumper over DeShawn Stevenson to put Miami up 93-89. The Hawks missed at the other end and Ray Allen iced the game with a pair of free throws in the final moments.
Jeff Teague turned in his best game of the season finishing with 20 points and 11 assists. Teague hit 7-8 field goal attempts including back-to-back threes in the fourth quarter. Anthony Morrow came off the bench to score 17 points. Josh Smith finished with 13 points and eight rebounds but was just 6-19 from the floor. Kyle Korver chipped in 11 points while Al Horford added 10 points and seven rebounds.
Chris Bosh led the way for the Heat with 24 points. LeBron James missed out on a triple-double by a single assist finishing with 21 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists. Ray Allen added 17 points off the bench while Mario Chalmers chipped in 12.
Atlanta falls to 2-2 on the season and prepares to embark on a four-game road trip to the west coast beginning in Los Angeles on Sunday.