NBA Game Summary - Atlanta at Miami
(Saturday, March 6th)
Final Score: Miami 100, Atlanta 94
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Michael Beasley scored 22 points and spurned a game-winning burst in the final minutes, helping Miami claim a 100-94 victory over the Atlanta Hawks at American Airlines Arena.
Beasley tallied the final seven points of an 8-0 run that put the Heat in front, 98-92, with 46.8 seconds to play in the game. His three-pointer from the corner finished the burst and essentially sealed the victory.
Dwyane Wade recorded a game-high 38 points and had 10 assists for Miami, which has won three straight following a four-game slide. Saturday's victory also marked the first three-game home winning streak the team has had all season.
"(Wade) just punched me in the chest and was yelling, 'I need you,'" Beasley said. "No more feeling sorry for myself. I just have to play. I definitely needed this game."
Quentin Richardson provided 22 points and 11 boards for the Heat, while nobody else had more than five points.
Jamal Crawford scored 24 points off the bench to lead Atlanta, which had a four-game win streak snapped. The Hawks have historically struggled in southern Florida, losing 26 of their last 30 games in Miami, including playoffs.
Joe Johnson provided 20 points, while Josh Smith had 17 in defeat.
Al Horford, who finished with 10 points and nine rebounds, drilled a shot with 3:40 left in the fourth to put the Hawks up by one, but the Heat responded with the following eight points to wrap up the win.
After a Wade free throw, Beasley made three straight shots to give the hosts an insurmountable 98-92 advantage. Johnson attempted to get Atlanta back in it but missed two three-point attempts.
"We were controlling the game, and we had the tempo where we wanted it," said Hawks head coach Mike Woodson. "Teams are going to make runs. They made a great run. They stayed with the zone."
The Hawks grabbed a 27-22 lead after the first quarter, but Wade's acrobatic three-pointer at the halftime buzzer got the Heat to within 56-52 at the break.
Atlanta took its largest lead of the night after a pair of Marvin Williams free throws provided a 68-56 margin four minutes into the third. Wade responded with a pair of threes during an 8-0 burst that cut the deficit to four, and he later added a dunk and two free throws to tie the game at 70 with 3 1/2 minutes remaining.
A pair of Smith baskets gave the visitors a 77-76 lead heading into the fourth, and the game remained close up until the final moments.
Atlanta fell to 15-15 on the road, while Miami improved to 17-14 at home...The Heat won the season series, 3-1...The Hawks will finish a three-game road trip with visits to New York and Washington...Each team had 45 rebounds...Miami committed only six turnovers, compared to 13 for Atlanta...Miami center Jermaine O'Neal injured his knee in the second quarter and left the game.
03/07 00:12:23 ET