The Atlanta Hawks used a big second quarter then held off a late Miami Heat rally to bag the 98-92 road victory Tuesday night for the team’s fourth win this season.
Jeff Teague scored the highest for the Hawks with 26 points and added 6 rebounds and 9 assists, but it was Atlanta’s balanced scoring attack that put the Heat in trouble in the early part of the game.
The Hawks outscored the Heat, 26-16 in the second quarter and carried the 11-point advantage at halftime thanks to timely contributions from bench players Mike Scott and Justin Holiday, both of whom finished with 7 points for the evening.
All Hawks’ starters also contributed in the victory with Al Horford (17 points and 13 rebounds) and Paul Millsap (12 points and 10 rebounds plus 3 steals) both posting double-doubles for Atlanta, which remains undefeated on the road this season.
The Heat’s bad start cost them this one as they cut down the lead to five points with over four minutes to go in the game but couldn’t stop Teague down the stretch.
Center Hassan Whiteside led Miami with his own double-double of 23 points and 14 rebounds plus 4 blocked shots. Dwyane Wade had 21 points but Chris Bosh struggled from the field shooting 4-of-14 field goals for just 9 points.
Atlanta, which lost their season opener to the Detroit Pistons, has now won four straight games.
Miami takes the road in their next two games facing the Minnesota Timberwolves Thursday and Indiana Pacers Friday. Atlanta returns home Wednesday when they face the Brooklyn Nets before taking on the New Orleans Pelicans on the road Friday.