Hawks hang on late to extinguish the Heat
ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 19, 2017 11:08 AM
Kent Bazemore NBA file photo
By George Henry, Associated Press
ATLANTA (AP) — Taurean Prince scored 24 points, Dennis Schroder added 23 and the NBA-worst Atlanta Hawks beat the injury-riddled Miami Heat 110-104 on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time).
The Heat, down to just nine healthy players, were without leading scorer Goran Dragic, forward James Johnson and key reserve Justise Winslow. Miami center Hassan Whiteside missed his 10th straight game with a bruised left knee and 15th overall.
Miami had won 4-of-5 and was trying to move two games over .500 for the first time this season. Josh Richardson scored 26 points and Dion Waiters finished with 23.
Kent Bazemore finished with 16 points and five steals for the Hawks, who snapped a four-game skid to improve to 7-23.
Miami erased a nine-point deficit midway through the first quarter to take a 40-31 lead early in the third on consecutive baskets by Richardson, but Atlanta used a strong third quarter to go up 90-76 early in the fourth on DeAndre' Bembry's corner three-pointer.
It was the first of three 14-point leads for the Hawks, but the Heat pulled within four on Tyler Johnson's dunk, Richardson's runner and Waiters' short jumper. Miami cut the lead to one on Richardson's layup with 1:05 remaining, but Bazemore hit a 16-footer and a layup to make it 106-101.
Dragic tried to shoot before the game, but the pain was too much in his strained left elbow. Johnson didn't make the trip because of bursitis in his right ankle, and Winslow missed his third straight game with a knee injury.
Richardson and Waiters were the only regular starters in the lineup, and Waiters played despite a stomach bug.
Heat: Dropped to 0-12 this season when trailing to begin the fourth quarter. ... Health issues are nothing new to Miami. Players on last season's team missed a combined 328 games, most in the NBA, because of injuries. ... Dragic leads the Heat with a 16.6 scoring average and started each of Miami's first 29 games. ... Tyler Johnson replaced Dragic and scored 19 points. It was his first start since 2015-16. ... Bam Adebayo started in James Johnson's spot and had 11 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. ... The Heat plan to bring up rookie guard Matt Williams on a two-way contract from Sioux Falls of the G-League. He will be in uniform Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time) when Miami visits Boston. ... Derrick Walton Jr., formerly of Sioux Falls, played seven minutes. ... Udonis Haslem played one minute.
Hawks: Prince tied a career-high in scoring. ... Ersan Ilyasova had 13 points and Malcolm Delaney added 11. ... Rookie F Tyler Cavanaugh signed a multi-year contract earlier in the day but coach Mike Budenholzer kept him on the bench all night. Cavanaugh has averaged 5.5 points and 3.2 rebounds in 19 games since signing a two-way contract on Nov. 5 (Nov. 6, PHL time).
Heat: Visit the Boston Celtics on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time).
Hawks: Host the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time).