So Close…

Thursday, March 8, 2012
By Jon Newberry


The Hawks had their three-game winning streak snapped on Wednesday night, falling by a final score of 89-86 to the division-leading Heat in Miami. One-possession games are always frustrating since there are plenty of decisions and missed opportunities to look back at and wonder if that play made the difference. Wednesday’s loss may be even harder for Atlanta, because the issues are easy to identify.

  • 21 turnovers
  • Only nine free throws attempted (all in the 2nd half), compared to 25 for Miami

Still, the Hawks were very close to taking down another one of the league’s elite teams while playing with a limited lineup. Tracy McGrady (rest) joined the list of Hawks that were not in uniform, increasing the number of key players Atlanta was missing to five.

The Hawks led 65-55 midway through the third quarter, but four turnovers helped the Heat go on an 13-0 run that set up a tense final period.


— Miami used a huge advantage at the foul line and forced Atlanta into 22 turnovers to post an 89-86 home win over the Hawks on Wednesday.

— LeBron James attempted more free throws (7-10) than the Hawks team (8-9) as the Heat went to foul line 25 times, making 19.

— The Heat grabbed a 3 point lead after one and pushed it 9 in the second.

— Atlanta clawed back to take a 45-43 halftime lead (despite not attempting a free throw in the first half) on Jerry Stackhouse’s triple before the buzzer.

— Atlanta’s lead swelled to 10 in the third but Miami ended the stanza on a 13-3 run to knot things at 68 heading to the final quarter.

— The Hawks had the ball, down 3, with under 3 seconds to play, but Jannero Pargo’s triple as time expired was just off the mark.

— Josh Smith paced Atlanta with 23 points, Jeff Teague had 16 and Stackhouse 10, while Zaza Pachulia grabbed 10 boards.

— James led the Heat with 31 points and 11 rebounds.

— The Hawks are back in action on Friday at Detroit (7:30pm on SportSouth HD, 680 AM and 93.7 FM).