Atlanta Hawks: Heat 95, Hawks 89 (updated)

Vivlamore reporting.

How do the Hawks measure up against the Heat?

Very well it turns out.

The Hawks went toe-to-toe with the defending NBA champions in a back-and-forth, thoroughly entertaining contest Friday night at Philips Arena. In the end, LeBron James hit a jumper with 13.7 seconds remaining as the Heat won 95-89 over the Hawks.

Al Horford missed a contested shot alley-oop dunk attempt, after a timeout, and a jumper down the stretch for the Hawks. Ray Allen hit a pair of free throws to seal the win.

The Heat played without a key piece of their Big Three as Dywane Wade missed the game due to a cold.

“We don’t want any moral victories,” said Anthony Morrow, who came off the bench with 17 points. “We know what we need to get better at. We know the things we did well tonight. We will continue to work on the things we need to work on and execute down the stretch.”

The Heat opened the fourth quarter on a 10-2 run to take a nine-point lead, 82-73. The Hawks staged another comeback, something that is becoming a trademark early in the season. They went on a 14-3 run to regain the lead that was punctuated by two straight 3-pointers from Jeff Teague. The second, with 4:02 remaining, tied the game at 85-85 and sent the home crowd into a frenzy. After a defensive stop, Horford drove past Chris Bosh for a layup and gave the Hawks’ first lead since late in the third quarter.

Kyle Korver could have extended the lead. He missed a fast-break layup and after getting his rebound appeared to be pushed out of bounds. However, the Heat were awarded the ball.

“They called out of bounds on me,” Korver said. “I missed the layup first of all. I shouldn’t have been in that situation. I’ve got to finish that. There was a scramble. I was off balance. I thought I got pushed in the back but they felt otherwise.”

Allen put the Heat up by two, 91-89, on a short jump with 1:21 remaining. They took the lead into the final minute when Josh Smith missed two free throws with 1:05 left.

“Not an excuse,” Smith said about expending energy having to guard James for much of the game. “I have to be better offensively for this ball club. As a leader I have to be more efficient. I have to be better at the free-throw line. I apologized to all my teammates because that was just a poor effort offensively by me. I mean it is a tough task to give energy on both ends of the court but I have to be more efficient. And I will be more efficient.”

Smith finished with 13 points but was 6-for-19 from the field and 1-for-5 from the free-throw line. He added eight rebounds. Teague led the Hawks (2-2) with 20 points. Korver (11) and Horford (10) were the other double-digit scorers.

Bosh finished with a game-high 24 points for the Heat (5-1), who have won four straight and four overall against the Hawks. James added 19 points and 10 rebounds.

“It was a very hard-fought game,” Drew said. “It really was. I thought my guys came out and really competed at a very high level. We played good in spurts, and again we showed some resilience, particularly when we got down by nine points in the fourth quarter. …

“But this game is about making plays down the stretch and we didn’t come up with enough plays down the stretch. They did, and they came up with the win.”

The Heat took a one-point lead, 72-71, into the decisive final quarter. They outscored the Hawks 18-2 in points in the paint – an important stat for both teams coming into the game.

The Hawks took a 46-42 lead into intermission thanks to Morrow. He scored the first seven points of the second quarter for the Hawks. Morrow had 12 points, including two 3-pointers, in the first half off the bench.

Smith had nine first-half points before leaving with a few seconds remaining before halftime after taking a charge from James. He said he suffered a bruised knee and expected to be sore Saturday when the Hawks leave on a four-game west coast road trip.

“We fought back against a great Miami team,” Smith said. We’re going to be good. We’re going to be going to be good and I’m going to be better.”

- Chris Vivlamore

210 comments Add your comment

soullrenaissance

November 9th, 2012
10:59 pm

NBA refs are the worst.

soullrenaissance

November 9th, 2012
11:00 pm

terrell

November 9th, 2012
11:01 pm

When is Josh going to realize that he’s open for a freakin reason? smmfh

Najeh Davenpoop

November 9th, 2012
11:01 pm

How does Chris Vivlamore start every game recap?

With one sentence paragraphs.

(just messin with you)

soullrenaissance

November 9th, 2012
11:02 pm

world class horrible officiating. some of the world’s best athletes don’t need any help. LD should have punched somebody for the Korver no call.

drmaryb.(""_*).

November 9th, 2012
11:02 pm

Sitting Bull!

”Josh is allowed to do whatever he wants. LD needs to man up and start sitting Josh” -cp-
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Uncle Drew sat Josh after that “Air-Ball” Three in the 2nd.

Najeh Davenpoop

November 9th, 2012
11:03 pm

““We expect them to try to pound us in the paint,” Heat coach Eric Spoelstra said before the game.”

Battier’s D on Josh prevented the Hawks from doing this and took Josh out of the game offensively. Teague and Morrow kept the Hawks in it, and the defensive effort overall was pretty good, but neither Josh nor Al got it going inside like they should have.

soullrenaissance

November 9th, 2012
11:06 pm

And for heaven’s sakes Josh – MAKE YOUR FREETHROWS!!!

Just Joe

November 9th, 2012
11:06 pm

Hawks didn’t shoot well enough to win. Lou and Josh both had off nights. Stevenson and Korver missed some make able 3’s too.

Old Man Peabody

November 9th, 2012
11:07 pm

Heat 22 fouls
Hawks 16 fouls

GoHawks

November 9th, 2012
11:08 pm

REFS BEAT US AND THAT IS THAT

northcyde

November 9th, 2012
11:10 pm

C-Viv must write out his end of game blog as he’s going along. He closed that other thread out quick as hell.

@ Najeh . . from what I saw, Battier exposed Josh’s lack of a handle, and forced him into some tough shots. Couldn’t go around Battier, nor post him up.

But as I was saying in that last blog, Horford can’t be happy with 9 shot attempts ( even if he missed all 4 of his shots in the 4th ). He can’t be cool with that, and Josh jack up 19 shots when he’s ice cold.

Props to Teague for almost winning the game for us. Maybe he SHOULD be given control of this team. If Horford won’t demand it . . and Josh can’t do it . . give it to Teague.

Not mad at the loss tonight, just disappointed in how we finished after taking the lead.

Reggie

November 9th, 2012
11:11 pm

Josh Smith isnt going to change…ever. Great shot

kwooden1

November 9th, 2012
11:11 pm

I hate losses, but if Jeff can play half this good ever night, we actually have a 6-7 seed Playoff team. Miami at one point looked to double team Jeff, if Josh had brought his “A” game we would have won. Great game by Morrow, clearly he should be the second guard off the bench. Lou had a poor game also, but that is expected with the way he’s played so far. Tough loss, but good growth

bigdave

November 9th, 2012
11:11 pm

I like the energy and effort the team plays with. More than anything the 2way presence, offense and defense that we lost this summer was misses. I think playmaking wont be an issue. Had Deshawn hit a few open 3’s different game. I guess Morrow too much of a liability defensively. So, you live with Deshawn having to make open shots. That being said, the lazy approach seems to be over.

Mike

November 9th, 2012
11:12 pm

Please stop whining about the refs, nothing worse than that. You had a lead, you were at home, Wade was out, oh and Josh sucked. Blame the Hawks for this loss, specifically Josh. Lou was bad but at least he had enough sense to stop shooting.

Najeh Davenpoop

November 9th, 2012
11:13 pm

“from what I saw, Battier exposed Josh’s lack of a handle, and forced him into some tough shots. Couldn’t go around Battier, nor post him up.”

I think Josh’s lack of a handle gets exposed any time he drifts outside of 15 feet, but Battier did a phenomenal job fronting the post against him and denying him the ball. I am pretty sure if Josh actually managed to catch the ball on the block against him, he would have been able to score on him, but Battier prevented that from ever happening.

northcyde

November 9th, 2012
11:13 pm

And let me re-post my poll question

What did Josh’s star-spangled headband represent?

a) Obama’s re-election
b) He loves his country
c) It would look cool with the red Unis
d) I’m a Superstarrrrrrr

Najeh Davenpoop

November 9th, 2012
11:13 pm

With 7:54 left in the 4th quarter, James Harden is 3/14 with 16 points and 5 turnovers against Tony Allen and the Memphis Grizzlies.

Fort Valley Wildcat

November 9th, 2012
11:14 pm

Trade Josh while we can get something good for him in return. What a bum.

Roman P.

November 9th, 2012
11:14 pm

I didn’t get to watch the game tonight, but looking at the stat sheet, it looks like Josh played like a ball-hogging bum again. I’m convinced that he will never learn to be a team guy, unless we get have a dramatic coaching change one day. At any rate, I don’t think I’ll be fully content watching Hawks basketball again until he and any other egotistical/selfish players are traded from this team. By the way, I don’t see any other selfish players at this point. The only Hawks game that I’ve enjoyed this season was the Thunder game in which Josh was not present. Disappointing.

I hate this B.S. about “good Josh” and “bad Josh”. I’d rather have a sub-par player that is consistent than a whining wanna-be who is only good sometimes. I realize that he has the potential to be great at times, but to me, it’s not worth having to put up with the “box of chocolates” scenario each night that the team plays. You never know what you are going to get from Josh, no matter how long he is in the league. I’m tired of the double-edged sword with him. There’s a huge difference between playing below your potential and not giving the team enough on any given night and playing like a selfish fool trying to make yourself look good for more individual accolades. Not playing aggressively enough is aggravating, but, to me, nothing is more annoying on the court than watching a player do things that just about everyone knows are going to hurt the team. Making “dumb’ plays over and over again is less forgivable than playing it smart, but not giving enough effort.

I’m tired of watching this, year after year. I know that I don’t have to watch, but each year I hope that the team and certain players (or coaches) will change or be let go for the betterment of the team, but it just never seems to go right with this organization.

paian

November 9th, 2012
11:15 pm

this is what i hate about the super teams in the nba is their fans

Old Man Peabody
Heat 22 fouls
Hawks 16 fouls

If you watched the game you shouldnt have even posted that

NORRIS CHUCK

November 9th, 2012
11:15 pm

Reggie,

You are right, Josh is never going to change and as he goes, the Hawks go. We all might not see or hear about it, but i know for sure that some of the other guys on the team wishes he was gone.

Josh Smith is that ABA style player that shoots and whines and misses free throws but nobody says anything to him about it cause he is the “Star” (wanna be star) of the team.

And i bet ya he will NOT be on the All-Star ballot again this year.

PLEASE TRADE HIM WHILE YOU CAN ATLANTA!!!!!!!!!!

paian

November 9th, 2012
11:16 pm

northcyde its prob b/c of veterans day b/c shane battier had on some bands on his wrists

Ken Norman

November 9th, 2012
11:17 pm

I can’t take this anymore. Josh Smith has to go. I hope that Danny Ferry is able to make a trade to get Josh out of Atlanta. Did you see the look on Teague and Stevenson face at the end of the game.
Josh Smith has to go.

Fort Valley Wildcat

November 9th, 2012
11:18 pm

Teague > Morrow > Josh Smith

Fort Valley Wildcat

November 9th, 2012
11:19 pm

Even the biggest homers’ are waking up to the cancer that is Josh Smith. I love it. Ferry will have him packing his bags soon.

cp

November 9th, 2012
11:19 pm

That was a game the hawks should have won. There were a lot of bad calls and Josh was jacking up jumper after jumper. Like I said during the OKC game, I like Josh but man dude just does not get it. I also thought Morrow should have been in there during the 4th. Tough loss but I think they will bounce back and win Sunday

paian

November 9th, 2012
11:20 pm

atlanta is full of bandwagon fans i swear smh

cp

November 9th, 2012
11:20 pm

And Ferrell should do more games Dude is a lot better than Nique.

paian

November 9th, 2012
11:21 pm

devin harris didnt look good at all

Old Man Peabody

November 9th, 2012
11:23 pm

@paian

I once felt like you too until i realized what a real coach and GM looks like when we got Pat Riley. But i hate watching the Heat play against teams like the Hawks, cause it doesn’t benefit me any way. If we beat the Hawks i’m not happy cause they are suppose to. But if the Hawks win then their fans beat their chest saying we can play with the Champs only to lose the season series 3-1 and possble blown out in the Playoffs. That’s why i wish only the top 4 teams from each conference make the playoffs cause the 1st RD is always a joke 90% of the time besides the 4th and 5th seed.

soullrenaissance

November 9th, 2012
11:24 pm

Mike – we can vent about what we want to. Its an open forum. And NBA refs are the most biased in all professional sports. If NBA games were officiated like NFL games – unbiased – then all would be well…. This can be taken as a learning experience though just came up short in the end.

soullrenaissance

November 9th, 2012
11:25 pm

piana – TOO many Heat ‘fans’ in the building, SMDH!

Fort Valley Wildcat

November 9th, 2012
11:28 pm

“He’s going to take it to the next level and become a superstar next season”

- Josh Smith Fan Club since 5-6 years ago

soullrenaissance

November 9th, 2012
11:29 pm

Josh suffers from “Starry Eyes” syndrome. He let the pro-heat crowd effect his FT shooting at crucial points of the game. He wants to be the man so bad that he will jack up his “jacked up jumper” when they give it to him. He has not be clutch si far this year.

cp

November 9th, 2012
11:30 pm

And LD’s rotations are still bad. Guys who are producing not getting enough minutes and guys who aren’t doing much getting too many minutes. LD has to do a better job of getting guys who aren’t playing well out the game.

soullrenaissance

November 9th, 2012
11:30 pm

paian

sorry I hacked up your name – I’m out PEACE!

keith

November 9th, 2012
11:33 pm

Jeff Teague is a DOW JONESER. He is up 1 game and down the next. Josh is, well, just Josh. I could see a scenario involving Josh to Utah for Al Jefferson. and send Jeff Teague as well. JEFF looks like a dear in headlights most of the time.

Reggie

November 9th, 2012
11:34 pm

I would like the Hawks to take a good long look at Pau Gasol. Josh is younger and a better athlete but i would rather have a diciplined 17 points 9 rebounds1.5 blks than a wild 18 pts 9 rebs 2.5 blks. Pau doesnt grab rebounds and charge past the point guard dribbling. Pau doesnt shoot threes. Josh is Josh and thats all he will be.

keith

November 9th, 2012
11:36 pm

If you could combine Al’s brain and Joshs’ athleticism, you would have an allstar power forward.

Fort Valley Wildcat

November 9th, 2012
11:45 pm

we can only wish@reggie

paian

November 9th, 2012
11:45 pm

keith why do you hate on teague so much? it seems to me hes the best player on this team if anything

cp

November 9th, 2012
11:48 pm

keith must be that guy who kept talking about we need to trade for Jefferson. I think the posters name was steven a smith. He was the only clown on here talking about trading for Al Jefferson.

paian

November 9th, 2012
11:49 pm

yea i thought it was prob him also considering steven a smith just vanished haha

prison mike

November 9th, 2012
11:51 pm

JS is in a deep funk. Getting away from home on this WC trip hopefully gets him focused. KK is killing this team. He messed up the rare amount of momentum the team could muster up.

Al is having trouble guarding his man. Needed to have Ivan body bosh.

O'Brien

November 9th, 2012
11:52 pm

It was obvious that Josh’s game was off from the first quarter. So I wish he would have done a better job of being a playmaker.

Instead, he takes 19 shots (misses 13 of them), and finishes the game with 0 assists. 0.

And why did LD not play Morrow in the 4th?

northcyde,

As for Josh’ headband. I vote option f).his way of honoring veterans.

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)

November 9th, 2012
11:59 pm

1) did anyone else see Smoove’s eyes wandering around as he was about to shoot a free throw (he missed it)?

2) I am starting to doubt Josh Smith will ever be an All Star in this league. besides TI’s “pep talk” and the subsequent 4 minutes or so, Smoove played like garbage, and has been garbage most of this season. He AIRBALLED a free-throw and BANKED in the next one

3) Where the hell was Anthony Morrow at the end? You could’ve put him on Ray

4) Teague is playing well so far this season – I see improvement

5) Miami is damn nasty on defense. There are very few easy baskets against that team

6) Refs were garbage

7) Did Al Horford play in this game? He got owned by Bosh and I don’t remember much of him on offense.

cp

November 10th, 2012
12:00 am

Yea paian that’s probably him,. He’s the only person who ever talks about trading for Al Jefferson

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)

November 10th, 2012
12:01 am

KK is killing this team? Korver had an okay game. i don’t see what he did wrong besides getting pushed out with a PERFECT view from anyone to Korver’s right in the arena.

Hell, TOLLIVER played better than Smoove when he was in. TOLLIVER