Heat Check: LeBron James helps Miami edge Hawks

BY foxsports • December 23, 2013

MIAMI -- LeBron James scored a game-high 38 points as the Heat overcame a seven-point deficit late in the fourth quarter for a 121-119 overtime victory over the Hawks at AmericanAirlines Arena on Monday night.

Miami (21-6), which extended its win streak to five games, played without Dwyane Wade, who sat to rest his knee. Chris Bosh missed some of overtime with a lacerated lip that required stitches.

The Heat picked up where they left off in Friday's win over the Kings, opening the game on a 13-0 run and building a 33-23 first-quarter lead on 68.8 percent shooting. Atlanta (15-13) didn't score until Paul Millsap connected on a 3 with 7:11 left in the quarter.

After Miami took its largest lead at 39-25 on Roger Mason Jr.'s 3-pointer with 9:44 to go in the second, the Hawks went on a 29-11 run to take a 54-50 halftime advantage. The Heat shot just 31.8 percent in the second.

The Hawks grabbed an 11-point lead three minutes into the third while the Heat missed four of their first five shots and turned the ball over twice.

Miami pulled within three twice -- on Bosh's three-point play and James' putback dunk -- before Millsap and DeMarre Carroll combined on four 3s as the Hawks led 84-77 heading into the fourth.

Chris Andersen's three-point play knotted things up at 92. With 2:42 to play and the game tied at 99, the Hawks scored five straight points -- Lou Williams' corner 3 and Millsap's jumper -- coming out of a timeout.

James took control, knocking down a pair of shots from behind the arc and a dunk down the stretch. Ray Allen made three free throws with eight seconds to go to tie the game.

Michael Beasley nailed the game-winning free throws with 9.2 seconds left in overtime after grabbing an offensive rebound off his own miss.


Carroll fouled Allen on a corner 3-pointer with eight seconds left. Allen -- a lifetime 89 percent free-throw shooter -- would knock each one down to tie the game at 11 and ultimately send the game to overtime.


James scored a game-high 38 points and found Allen for that corner 3 he was fouled on. With both Bosh and Wade out, James took it upon himself to either shoot or find the open man.


Atlanta knocked down 17 of 34 3-pointers, but started the game 15 of its first 23 for a staggering 65 percent clip.


Miami visits the Lakers on Christmas to open a five-game West Coast swing. The Heat then travel north to Sacramento to face the Kings for the second time in a week.

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