Hawks Cool Off Heat with ‘3-Mac’

Tuesday, January 3, 2012
By Jon Newberry

Atlanta 100 – Miami 92

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The Hawks handed the Heat their first loss of the 2011-12 season and improved their own record to 4-1 by posting a 100-92 win in Miami on Monday night. Tracy McGrady, now in his 15th season in the NBA, may not have the athleticism he had when he entered the league as a teenager, but on this night he showed that he can still knock down the 3-ball in clutch situations.

Atlanta executed Larry Drew’s game plan extremely well through the first three quarters, save for a few spurts where they let the Heat get out in transition for easy baskets. In the halfcourt the Hawks forced Miami to settle for perimeter shots with a mix of zone defense and more switching on ball screens than they typically employ. To keep the Heat from getting out in transition the Hawks had solid shot selection and only committed nine turnovers in the game.

All of the Hawks efforts set them up for a clutch fourth quarter by McGrady. T-Mac played all 12 minutes of the final period, scoring 13 of his 16 points while hitting all three of his attempts from behind the arc. For good measure, he added five rebounds and four assists to help Atlanta turn a four-point deficit into an eight-point win.

Joe Johnson also hit a big 3-pointer in the fourth quarter, helping him finish with a team-high 21 points, while Al Horford added 16 points and nine rebounds. Jeff Teague had another solid game at point guard, consistently breaking down Miami’s defense and getting into the paint while taking good care of the ball. Jeff hit six of his first seven shots while scoring 13 of his 15 points in the first half to keep the Hawks within striking distance.

LeBron James finished with a game-high 28 points and Chris Bosh added 19, but the Hawks did a great job of keeping Dwyane Wade out of the lane and settling for jumpers. Wade had 10 assists and scored 12 points, but he shot just 4-of-17 from the field.

The real story of the game was the clutch play from McGrady. With the condensed schedule and T-Mac’s injury history the Hawks shouldn’t plan on counting on these kind of heroics every night, but I think tonight proved that he still has plenty left in the tank to make a big contribution this season. He is definitely not afraid of stepping in to take the big shots.


— On the strength of 21 points from Joe Johnson and a solid 16 off the bench from Tracy McGrady, the Atlanta Hawks knocked off the previously unbeaten Miami Heat, 100-92 Monday at the AmericanAirlines Arena.

–The win was Atlanta’s fourth in five games, and dropped Miami to 5-1.

— Al Horford also finished with 16 and Jeff Teague turned in a smooth, 15-point, five-assist and four-steal night.

— The Heat led by as many as 10 early, and took a 23-19 lead after one.  Atlanta narrowed the margin at the half, behind Teague’s 13 first half points, 50-47.  The Hawks took advantage of nine Miami turnovers, converting them into 14 points.

— Atlanta trailed by four heading into the final quarter (71-67), and completely dominated the home team in the fourth, outscoring them 33-21.  The Hawks shot 60% in the fourth, making 9-of-15 FGs and held the Heat to 37 percent shooting.

— McGrady had 13 of his 16 points in that crucial fourth, drilling three three-point FGs.

— Atlanta wraps up this three-game road trip Tuesday at Chicago at 8 ET (Sportsouth HD, NBA TV, 680 AM and 93.7 FM).

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9 Responses to “Hawks Cool Off Heat with ‘3-Mac’”

  1. Manny

    I like how deep our bench is compared to last year where it was just the jamal crawford show and that was it. i believe our depth would definitely help us in this condensed season

  2. Praim Persaud

    Where are those who said he is finished – THANKS T – I said it for the last 2 years and prayed that you will get back to where you were – its all a matter of you knowingt that the KNEE is okay and you will FLY again – that was an impressive 4th quarter – more like toe TMac I know and love – you have a GREAT bunch of team mates – make this year the one that you go to the promised land :):)

    I hope that there are many more such nights and that the HAWKS go all the way – great game from all of the guys – this chemistry will only get better and yield more such results.


  3. Old Man Riva

    Larry Drew might be one of the most underrated coaches in the NBA and our team is starting to show signs of what happens when great/good players stay together long enough to create the chemistry needed to become champions. Jeff Teague is saying, “this job is mine!” GO HAWKS!

  4. wind

    I`ve always belived that TMAC will back, and he will do more things than we ve expected with the lowest salary of this team.

  5. Zerell Leverett

    Thats what I like to see T-Mac you are already proving people wrong..I dont see how they can doubt you though true scorers will always be scorers. You just have to have that confidence. We all believe in you hopefully this game shows you that you can still be a force to reckon with.

    Zerell Fan from St.Louis

  6. kristina

    im such a huge fan of T-mac since I was in high school..i followed him wherever team he’s into..and i never doubted hid competence and his ability as a player..as a scorer and as a leader..i know how good he is in running the floor..in rotating the ball..he’s one of the most versatile players the league has..he has the body, the focus, the heart and everything that it takes to be a great player..for me, he’s exceptional..i love you t-mac,,and i will support you all the way..i am and will always remain as a fan..and i will never ever get tired of watching your game and cheering your name..NEVER!!!

  7. jermon yowl

    i knew you was goning to shake back. i been a T-MAC fan since you first hit the league. my best friend and i own a barber shop in OPELOUSAS La. and you know how it gets in there. me friend loves KOBE, man you cant say nothing bout that boy. and im the same way about you. when boys try to talk down i’m like “YALL MUST NOT HAVE A T.V. AT YOUR HOUSE!! i tell’um “YALL NEED TO YOUTUBE T-MAC, SIT DOWN AND ENJOY THE SHOW!! i love making them into believers man i’ll never forget the time you hit 13 points in 33 seconds. my brother and i watched that whole game. you can see rockets fans leaving the game. when i saw you hit that first 3 i was like IT ANT OVER TILL ITS OVER!!! man i knew you had the hot hand when you came up with the steal and took off, i was like HERE COMES THA DAGGER!!! HERE COMES THE DAGGER!!! all i heard was MCGRADY FOR THE WINNNNNNNN!!!! (SWISHHH). man people down the street heard us at my house cheering, man i’ll never forget that night. i’ve gone to a lot of your games in HOUSTON. man it hurt me when you left H-TOWN i was sick. but i still kept up with you all the way. im glad you’re back down south. im so happy to see you back and healthy,i know it was hard MAC but you did it. do your thang T-MAC and never forget this “MINOR SET BACK FOR A MAJOR COMEBACK”…. 1 LOVE JERMON

  8. ethan

    t-mac beat the boston go hawks !!