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News » Wade, Heat shoot down Hawks in Game 2 2009-04-23


Wade, Heat shoot down Hawks in Game 2 2009-04-23


Wade, Heat shoot down Hawks in Game 2 2009-04-23
ATLANTA (AP) - Dwyane Wade didn't call "bank."


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Miami's reserves outscored the Hawks' bench 37-20. Atlanta coach Mike Woodson pointed to that more than Wade, who, after all, led the NBA in scoring at 30.2 points a game.

"He made some shots tonight, but I don't think that was the killer factor," Woodson said. "We let their bench play a major role."

Mike Bibby led the Hawks with 18 points, but the home team shot only 44 percent from the field and struggled at the foul line, making 19-of-30.

The Hawks, who made home-court advantage their No. 1 goal coming into the season, will now have to do something they couldn't do a year ago: win a playoff game on the road. Atlanta surprised eventual champion Boston by extending the Celtics to seven games but lost four blowouts in Beantown.

If that trends continues, the Heat will be moving on to the second round. Game 3 is Saturday in Miami.

Led by Wade, Miami began to pull away in the second quarter. He capped his 13-point spurt with three straight 3-pointers, giving him 21 points - more than he had in all of Game 1 - heading to the locker room.

The Hawks tried to guard the Miami star with several players. None had much success.

Joe Johnson picked up his fourth foul early in the third quarter and had to sit the rest of the period. Flip Murray might as well have thrown up a white towel. Maurice Evans wasn't much better, shaking his head in disbelief at one point when Wade swished another jumper.

Led by the high-flying Smith, Atlanta ran the Heat out of the building in Game 1. The Heat was held to a season low for points as the Hawks equaled a franchise record for fewest points allowed in a playoff game.

But, after two exhaustive days of practices, meetings and film sessions, Miami looked like a much different team. The Heat played with much more effort, started hitting some shots and established a half-court game that worked much better than trying to run with the Hawks. Miami also crashed the boards, outrebounding the Hawks 40-33 after getting hammered in the opener, 50-35.

The visitors frustrated Smith, who had a couple of dunks but was held to 17 points. They held Johnson, Atlanta's leading scorer, to 16 points on 5-of-13 shooting.

Miami was on the verge of a blowout, but the Hawks closed the third quarter on a 7-0 run. Murray had a steal and layup, then hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer after a nifty bit of passing left him open outside the arc.

The arena was in a frenzy when Hawks closed to 94-89 on Murray's three-point play, and Smith scored on a drive to make it 96-91. After Haslem hit a jumper to push the lead back to seven, the Hawks came up empty on three straight possessions.

Finally, Wade had seen enough. His ricochet 3 ended any thoughts of a comeback.

Notes

Both teams stuck with the same lineups and 12-man rosters they used in Game 1. Randolph Morris, Thomas Gardner and the injured Acie Law sat out for the Hawks, while Miami deactivated Mark Blount, Luther Head and Dorell Wright. ... The crowd of 19,146 was Atlanta's fifth straight playoff sellout at Philips Arena and 14th full house of the season. ... Wade's career playoff high is 43 points.


Author: Fox Sports
Author's Website: http://www.foxsports.com
Added: April 23, 2009

 

 
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