RECAP: Heat 121, Hawks 119

Bo Churney —  December 24, 2013


 MIA(21-6) 121 – 119 (15-13)ATL

Key Performers:
A. Horford (ATL): 21 pts, 11 reb, 3 ast
L. James (MIA): 38 pts, 8 reb, 6 ast, 2 stl

After falling down quickly in the first quarter due to turnovers, the Hawks rallied back behind a barrage of threes in the second and third quarters and had a double-digit lead at one point. Miami remained unbroken, however, as LeBron and company managed to keep the game within reach and eventually forced overtime. The Hawks had chances at both the end of regulation and the end of overtime to get a victory, but they were denied on both tries.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Al Horford: Al had a few problem handling the ball in the early going, but he rebounded in the second quarter, scoring nine points to lead the Hawks’ charge. (he had a corner three, too!) After that quarter, he was relatively quiet on offense. On defense, he found himself on LeBron a couple of time and actually did quite well. I was impressed. 9/10.

Paul Millsap: Millsap had so many things going for him early on in this game. Obviously, there was his assault from the three-point line, where he hit a career-high seven threes. Outside of that, though… he wasn’t about to convert on two-pointers, although he probably did have some grievances with the officials on some of those plays. Like Horford, Millsap also had some decent defensive plays on LeBron… until he tried to take a charge and was ferociously dunked on. Stop trying to take charges on LeBron, people; just foul him if you’re going to try that. 8/10

Jeff Teague: Even one of Jeff Teague’s best efforts of the season wasn’t enough for the Hawks to overcome Miami. Teague finished the night with 26 points, six rebounds, and eights assists, with his only blemish being his five turnovers and his four misses from the foul line. That said, Jeff was attacking for much of the night, constantly getting to the rim against Mario Chalmers and the swarming Miami defense. 8.5/10

DeMarre Carroll: LeBron is a tough cover, but DeMarre seemed to be doing alright when he was guarding the 4-time NBA MVP. He wasn’t an offense liability either, except for this one turnover he had where he tried to go behind the back and he dribbled off of the back of his foot. That said — and this is speaking for the entire group — limiting LeBron to 38 points on 26 shots (those numbers actually decreased LeBron’s shooting percentages on the year) is not too bad. 6/10

Kyle Korver: Korver was 5-for-8 from behind the line, including a 30-footer late in the fourth quarter that had the Hawks up seven. He also missed the potential game-winning shot in overtime, which was actually a pretty clever lob play that Kyle could quite get a hold of. Overall, Korver’s spacing was extremely important for the Hawks and that was shown when the Heat had LeBron checking Korver a couple of time late in the game. 8/10

Lou Williams: He was a decent distributor on the night (five assists, one turnover), but he was very good shooting the ball. (nine points, nine shots) With Dwyane Wade out, I felt like this should have been a chance for Lou to put up some good numbers and he didn’t really do it. That said, he didn’t make many mistakes. 6.5/10

Shelvin Mack: Like Lou, Shelvin had a good night distributing the ball, but he didn’t do much in terms of putting the ball through the hoop. 6.5/10

Mike Scott: Mike had eight points on six shots, only one of which I remember has being a bad shot. Thankfully, he did not have to guard LeBron for any length of time that would have made Hawks fans cringe. 6/10

Elton Brand: Only played eight minutes and 30 seconds… and the Hawks lost. Gotta get Elton up to that 10 minute mark, Coach! 7/10

Pero Antic: He only played four minutes, but was a plus-11 on the night. Not sure how that happened. INC/10

Coach Budenholzer: The Hawks lost, but there was tons of praise for Coach Bud after this game. LeBron gave him a ringing endorsement after the game, and many on Twitter said after the game that the Hawks’ spacing on offense is at the same level as Miami’s. That’s about as good as it gets. 8/10

Opposition: LeBron played great, as did Miami’s bench unit. They also got a strong start from Ray Allen, who had 19 points. The bench was the key, though, as all five of the non-starters that played for the Heat had were plus-8 or better. 8.5/10

Next: Atlanta at Cleveland, Thursday, December 26


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3 responses to RECAP: Heat 121, Hawks 119

  1. What do you think about the “foul” Demarre committed on ray allen in the final seconds of regulation?

    • I didn’t see anything, but I only saw the one reply. Even then, it makes Millsap not getting a call on the other end hilarious.

  2. How in the HELL was chalmers’ football play on teague downgraded from flagrant 1? How. The. Hell. Absolutely outrageous. Hawks would have been up 4 at the end instead of 3, making victory more likely. It simply dumbfounds me how the refs looked at the play and said “you know what, this is actually a basketball play! Common foul.” Well i have an idea as to why that happened but ill spare everyone the conspiracy spiel, even though its justifiable in this calls’ case.