The Miami Heat are rolling now. The team added another home win last night against the Atlanta Hawks making it four straight wins and improving their record to 8-3. The Heat have now started to hit their stride after struggling earlier in the team’s first few games. What has changed? Defense. The Heat have now held three of their last four opponents under 100 points. Last night, the Heat were without Wade, as he is still staying away from playing back to back games in order to rehab fully from his knee injuries.
The Hawks weren’t able to get any consistent offense going. Only one of their starters Al Horford, hit double digits (12 points). Their resurgent point guard Jeff Teague struggled by only adding 9 points against a Heat defense that forced 24 turnovers; the highest of the season for this Hawks team. The Hawks came into yesterday’s game having won four out of their last five match-ups and are currently second in the southeast division behind the Heat.
The Heat demonstrated their depth once again as they had Chris Bosh break out for 19 points in just 25 minutes of play, and Ray Allen come off the bench for 17 points hitting on three three-pointers. LeBron struggled mildly and was very slow out of the gates, but he finished with 13 points 6 rebounds and 5 assists; tying his season’s low for minutes.
Heat: For the second straight game the bench closed the game and allowed the starters to rest in the fourth quarter.
Hawks: Mike Scott broke out for a double double with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Next Game: Tonight, the Heat at Orlando Magic’s territory. Tip-off at 7:00pm.