The Hawks couldn’t stop Hassan Whiteside, who shot 11-for-12 and scored 23 points with 14 rebounds. The Heat couldn’t stop Jeff Teague, who scored 26 points with six rebounds, nine assists and a game-best plus-20. The latter proved the decisive factor as Atlanta won 98-92 in Miami to improve to 4-1 on the young season, including a league-best 3-0 on the road.
Al Horford added 17 points and 13 rebounds for the Hawks while Paul Millsap contributed 12 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and three steals. Kent Bazemore scored 10 points on 2-for-3 shooting from 3-point range with five rebounds and three assists.
In contrast to Teague’s huge night, Dennis Schröder struggled, shooting 1-for-6 with four points, three assists, four turnovers and a game-worst minus-12. Mike Scott and Justin Holiday scored seven points each and both posted a positive plus-minus, the latter despite shooting 1-for-5 from 3-point range. Holiday’s lone 3-pointer came with 8:02 to play in the fourth quarter to stretch the lead to 82-75 after the Heat reduced a 15 point Hawks lead to within four points.
Dwyane Wade scored 21 points with three assists in 27 minutes for the Heat but spent part of the second half in the locker room receiving treatment for a migraine. Goran Dragic scored 19 points with five rebounds, two assists and three steals but committed four turnovers and couldn’t keep Teague in front of him.
The Hawks once again won the rebound battle 51-49. Atlanta recorded 25 assists compared to just 13 for Miami, which had a 9-1 edge in blocks. The Hawks flew back to Atlanta this morning and will face the visiting Brooklyn Nets at 8 PM EST at Philips Arena.