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             === Third time's the charm as Hawks withstand Heat ===
 
 Atlanta,  GA (SportsNetwork.com)  - Paul Millsap had 26 points and the Atlanta
 Hawks,  back from their London trip, snapped a nine-game losing streak against
 the Miami Heat with a 121-114 win on Monday.
 
 It was Atlanta's first win over Miami since Jan. 2, 2012.
 
 DeMarre  Carroll added  19 points, Pero Antic  scored 17 and Kyle Korver hit a
 key  3-pointer down  the stretch for the Hawks, who snapped a two-game overall
 losing streak and won for only the third time in their last eight.
 
 They  snapped a seven-game home losing streak against the Heat despite getting
 just  two  points from Jeff Teague,  who averages more than 16. Teague checked
 out for the last time with 5:46 remaining in the third quarter and was 1-for-7
 from the field.
 
 Atlanta had 33 assists on 42 field goals.
 
 LeBron James led Miami with 30 points, Chris Bosh scored 21 and Mario Chalmers
 had 17. The Heat were missing Dwyane Wade (knee) for the second straight game,
 and  for the  first time in the  last five, but Chris Andersen (knee) returned
 from a three-game absence to score eight.
 
 Miami had been 2-0 against the Hawks this season, with both of the wins coming
 at home, including a 121-119 overtime victory on Dec. 23.
 
 Hawks  coach  Mike Budenholzer said  you can't predict how  a team is going to
 respond from a long trip.
 
 The Hawks, after losing to Brooklyn 127-110 in London last Thursday, scored 71
 points in the first half and yet led the Heat by just one.
 
 "I  don't think there are going to be a lot of defensive highlights for either
 team,"  said  Korver. "That's a season-ending  highlight reel. But I mean both
 teams made shots. It was a up-and-down game."
 
 Budenholzer  told his players during the break that one team was going to make
 more stops in the second half and that "we wanted to be that team."
 
 Miami,  the NBA's  top shooting team, was 31-of-61 between the first and third
 quarters and just 7-of-17 in the fourth.
 
 "I'm  just happy  with the competitiveness of our group, competing defensively
 and  playing  unselfishly," said Budenholzer.  "Thirty-three assists is a real
 positive for our group."
 
 The  Heat had a 107-104 lead with 6 1/2 minutes left after James made back-to-
 back 3s. But turnovers and good Atlanta defense plagued them late.
 
 Chalmers threw the ball away and Millsap made two free throws for a four-point
 lead. After Millsap blocked Bosh down low, Carroll's layup extended it to six.
 
 Later,  Korver's 3  from the left corner  turned a two-point lead into a five-
 point spread at 119-114 with under a minute to play and James threw a pass out
 of bounds at the other end, all but sealing Atlanta's win.
 
 The Heat went 2-4 on a six-game road trip.
 
 "All  across the board,  A through Z, there just wasn't a lot of pride on that
 side  of the court,"  said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra. "We tried to win it on a
 shootout tonight. And then when our offense came up dry on the road toward the
 end,  a  couple missed shots  and turnovers and we  weren't able to secure the
 win."
 
 The  Heat fell behind early after a 13-5 Atlanta run to open the game and were
 down 34-31 after the first quarter. The Hawks used a 13-4 run to build a 50-38
 lead  and were still  up 12 midway through the second quarter before Ray Allen
 and Bosh scored all 12 points during a 12-2 Heat run.
 
 All  five Heat starters  scored in double figures in the first half, led by 14
 from  James, Allen and Chalmers. Millsap had 20 points for the Hawks, who took
 a 71-70 lead into the break.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Korver  extended his NBA record to 109 games with at least one made 3-pointer.
 He  was  The Heat  open a  four-game homestand Tuesday  against Boston ... The
 Hawks are at Atlanta on Wednesday.
 
 01/20 23:46:39 ET