Heat Win Close Encounter Against Hawks: Fan Reaction

The Miami Heat won another close encounter on March 7, defeating the Atlanta Hawks 89-86 at the American Airlines Arena. With the win, the Heat are now 3-2 since the All-Star game, trailing the Eastern Conference leading Chicago Bulls by two games.

The Wednesday encounter between the two teams started out competitively, but the Hawks started pulling away in the third quarter. Luckily for the Heat, a late third quarter surge brought them back into the game. And Dwyane Wade stepped up big in the final moments of the game.

"You have to sometimes win them ugly and that was ugly there for a while," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra told reporters after the game. "We certainly weren't in a great flow offensively … but we were able to push through and grind out a win."

LeBron James had another big game against the Hawks, putting up 31 points, 11 rebounds, and 2 assists.

"We needed one of these games," LeBron told reporters. "It's about time we had one of these games where we had to fight for every minute, all the way down the stretch. … It was good for us to close this game out."

Wade played a huge role in Miami's win as well, finishing with 18 points, 9 rebounds, and 6 assists.

"Tonight was one of those nights where we couldn't get it going, couldn't get it going, couldn't get it going but we stuck with it and finally got the lead," Wade said. "I think last year in a game like this we probably would have lost."

Chris Bosh struggled with his jumper against Atlanta, shooting 21 percent from the field. He finished with 9 points and 8 rebounds.

Besides LeBron and Wade, no other player on the Heat's roster finished with double-digit scoring against the Hawks. They'll certainly need to address that issue, before their March 10 matchup against the Indiana Pacers.

David is a Miami Heat fan that has followed the team for 16 years. Follow him on twitter @davidkingwriter and check out his blog.

Sources:

Associated Press, "LeBron James, Dwyane Wade lead Heat past Hawks"

Joseph Goodman, "Miami Heat rallies to defeat Atlanta Hawks"

Player and game information from ESPN.com

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Updated Thursday, Mar 8, 2012