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Hawks Vs. Heat Score: Josh Smith Leads Atlanta To 45-43 Halftime Lead

Josh Smith continues his stellar play as the shorthanded Atlanta Hawks take a 45-43 lead into halftime over the Miami Heat. The Hawks are down five players due to injury for tonight's game including Joe Johnson and Al Horford yet they have come up with another solid effort against the Heat in Miami.

Josh Smith continues to carry the load leading the team with 14 points and four rebounds at the half. Jeff Teague added eight points while Jerry Stackhouse pitched in seven points off the bench. Zaza Pachulia has six points, six rebounds and three assists in the first half.

LeBron James hasn't had a problem getting his points but the remainder of his supporting cast is struggling. James has 15 points and seven boards in the first-half but no other Heat player has more than Joel Anthony's six. Dwyane Wade and Chris bosh combined to score eight points on 2-13 shooting at the break.

For more on this game Hawks fans should check out Peachtree Hoops and Heat fans should stop by Peninsula Is Mightier. For more news and analysis from around the NBA head on over to SB Nation's NBA Basketball page.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.