NBA Game Summary - Miami at Atlanta
(Saturday, November 18th)
Final Score: Miami 93, Atlanta 88 (OT)
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Dwyane Wade scored 37 points to go along with nine assists and seven rebounds, as the Miami Heat edged the Atlanta Hawks, 93-88, in overtime.
Udonis Haslem scored 21 points and grabbed 17 boards for the Heat, who halted a three-game skid and did it without the services of All-Star center Shaquille O' Neal.
O' Neal will miss four to six weeks with an injured left knee and is expected to undergo surgery.
Joe Johnson led the Hawks with 22 points and eight rebounds, while Josh Smith had 16 points and 13 boards.
Zaza Pachulia added 12 points and 11 boards for Atlanta, which has lost its last three games by a combined eight points.
With the Heat trailing 72-70 with just 2:54 left in the fourth, Wade drew a foul and then drained both free throws to tie the game at 72-72.
After Salim Stoudamire failed to connect on a jumper, Antoine Walker got fouled and had a chance to give Miami the lead. Walker, though, bricked both shots from the charity stripe.
However, Haslem fought for the rebound, was fouled by Pachulia and then connected on his free throws to give Miami the lead with 1:29 left to play.
Johnson came back with two free throws of his own to tie the game and the Heat then controlled possession for the last minute of the fourth quarter thanks to three offensive rebounds. Walker himself had three opportunities to win the game for Miami, but each of his shots found the rim and the game went into overtime.
"We need to be more determined," said Johnson. "They got four cracks at it for the game-winner. We didn't even get a shot, plain and simple."
A Stoudamire trey and a Tyronn Lue layup gave Atlanta an 81-78 lead with 2:19 left in the extra frame, but back-to-back three pointers by Wade and Jason Williams put Miami up 84-81.
The Heat's lead ballooned to 87-81 on two Haslem free throws with 38 seconds remaining before Lue's jumper and two Shelden Williams free throws brought the Hawks back within 87-85 with 24 ticks left.
However, Wade connected on four straight free throws and Michael Doleac added two of his own to ice the game for Miami.
The Heat went 1-for-13 from three point range in regulation before Wade and Williams hit on both of Miami's attempt from beyond the arc in overtime.
"I think we were mentally prepared tonight to go the distance," said Haslem. "We knew Atlanta was a team that was not going to give up. Tonight we ran our offense the way we do in practice, executing the pick and roll, getting the ball inside, and finding the open man on the wing."
Led by 10 points from Wade, the Heat held a 20-12 lead after the opening quarter.
Atlanta managed to tie the game at 30 on Smith's free throw with 3:16 left in the first half, but Wade nailed a jumper to ignite a 12-2 Miami run to close out the second quarter.
Wade's pull-up jumper with two seconds left capped the spurt and gave the Heat a 42-32 lead at the break. Miami's versatile guard scored another 10 points in the second quarter, giving him 20 for the first half.
The Heat's lead rose to as much as 12 points in the third quarter before Atlanta rolled off a 13-2 run to pull within 54-53 with 3:55 left in period.
Johnson then dropped in a layup with just over a minute to play and the Hawks took a 59-58 lead into the fourth quarter.
Alonzo Mourning became the first player in Heat history to play in 500 games. He finished with nine points, nine rebounds and four blocks before fouling out...Miami coach Pat Riley is now just one win shy of reaching 400 career- wins with the Heat...Walker finished with just four points for Miami, going 0-for-6 from three point range.
11/19 00:49:06 ET