The Atlanta Hawks were on a nine-game losing streak against the Miami Heat heading into Monday’s game. A lot of the games were close, but Miami was always able to pull away at the end and win. On Monday, Atlanta got one of their most well-rounded efforts in a 121-114 come-from-behind victory.
Miami was playing without Dwyane Wade, but Atlanta has been without Al Horford for weeks and won’t have him for the rest of the year. In his place, 31-year-old rookie Pero Antic scored 17 points on 7-for-10 shooting. The Hawks got double-digit points from Antic, Paul Millsap, Kyle Korver, DeMarre Carroll, Mike Scott, Shelvin Mack and Lou Williams. The Hawks managed to beat Miami even with their best player, point guard Jeff Teague, scoring only two points on 1-for-7 shooting.
Atlanta scored a season-high 71 points in the first half, but were only up a point. The game was close until the end, but Atlanta was able to secure the victory. They outscored Miami in the paint 46-34 and had 30 of those points in the first half. The biggest difference in the game was the bench scoring. The Hawks’ bench, led by Scott, Mack and Williams, scored 45 points on 15-for-28 shooting. The Heat bench scored 21 points on 6-for-19 shooting and went 1-for-6 from the three-point line.
Even without Horford, Atlanta continues to have the proper blueprint to compete with Miami. They score in the paint, they bring shooters off the bench and rely on Millsap. In his two games against the Heat this season, Millsap has scored 25 and 26 and made seven threes. All of those came in one game which was a career-high.
While Atlanta may not be a threat in the East, they could give Miami a tough series in the playoffs and force them to go six games before they square off against the Indiana Pacers.