LeBron James hit all of his shots from the field. He nailed his only 3-pointer and converted his free throws. If the Atlanta Hawks were even remotely close to same from the charity stripe, they might actually be in the ballgame.
James has 20 points to lead the Heat to a 50-37 lead at halftime at Philips Arena.
Chris Bosh posted 13 points and Dwyane Wade five for Miami, which shot 58-percent (19-for-33) in the first 24 minutes and connected on 9-for-12 from the free throw line.
Atlanta on the other hand, forgot that free throws are free. They connected on just 4-for-10 from the charity stripe in the frame.
Miami quickly pushed a four point lead to start the second quarter to a double-digit edge, scoring the first seven points of the quarter on a pair of free throws by Bosh with 10:04 left in the frame.
Atlanta never really made a push thereafter, trailing by as many as 17.
Joe Johnson and Al Horford have nine points each for Atlanta, which is shooting just 41-percent (16-for-39) from the field. The Hawks are even worse from behind the 3-point arc, where they have connected on just 1-of-8 shots from behind the arc.
To their credit, the Hawks have pushed it into the paint in this one. They just simply can't stop James. Unless they figure out a way to front him, they're going to have a rough time erasing the deficit in the second half.