Hot Miami Heat extend winning streak to eight in defeating Atlanta Hawks
The Miami Heat are on a hot streak, winning their eighth straight game after a win against the Atlanta Hawks Wednesday night.
It was an exciting game that ended with the Heat winning 103-90, according to the Associated Press.
While LeBron James is always fun to watch, Shane Battier and Ray Allen stole attention in the fourth quarter. Between the two of them they scored 24 points in the fourth quarter alone. Of those 24 points, 15 of them were from 3-point shots.
Coach Erik Spolestra knows he can count on Allen in the fourth. He said, “Ray has proven that he has been one of the elite fourth-quarter players in the league for a long time. If you leave him open in the fourth you’re going to hear the groans from the crowd like tonight.”
James scored 24 points and Dwayne Wade scored another 20. While the two stars played extremely well it was Allen and Battier that really brought on the win, entering the fourth quarter the Heat were down 73-63.
For the Hawks it was Al Horford who led the team with 27 points and nine rebounds. Kyle Korver was hot from behind the 3-point line; all 12 of his points were 3-point shots.
Hawks coach Larry Drew said about the game, “It was the two bench guys who really put the nail in the coffin against us.” He said that the team was having too many “breakdowns” especially against Battier and Allen in the fourth.
James gives the defense credit for the way they were playing, especially in the fourth, the Miami Herald reports.
He said, “Defensively we was in tune with everything they was running and we got stops. We held them to 17 points in the fourth.”
While the Heat seemed to be doing alright, they definitely looked a little shaky in the beginning of the game. Especially Chris Bosh, he was only two for 10 shots and missed his first eight. However, Miami is a championship team and can find a way to win the game.
Wade knows this about his team. He said, “We’ve grown so much. There are many different ways we can win ball games. In 2010, either we were just getting back into transition or just one-on-one basketball. Now, we get into transition but we also execute in half court.”
UPDATE: The Heat continued their winning streak Thursday night against the Chicago Bulls, winning 86-67.