The Miami Heat had no trouble knocking down shots, finishing 41-81 (50.6%) from the field, including 10-21 (47.6%) from beyond the arc, in a 104-88 win over the Atlanta Hawks. Miami (8-3) is now on a 4-game winning streak.
Chris Bosh put up 19 points on 8-9 shooting, in an efficient offensive performance. LeBron James also contributed for Miami, finishing with 13 points and 6 rebounds. Despite the loss, Mike Scott scored 15 points off the bench for Atlanta on 6-10 shooting. He also tallied 10 rebounds. Al Horford added 12 points and 7 rebounds.
Surprisingly, Miami controlled the offensive glass in this matchup, finishing with an OR% of 27.8%. They rank 30th in the NBA in OR% this season at 18.7%. Conversely, the defense of Atlanta has been tough on the backboards this season, placing second in the league with a DR% of 76.9%. The Heat combined an eFG% of 56.8% with 47.6% 3-point shooting. They are 5-1 this year when registering marks above 55% and 40% in those respective statistics. The Hawks, on the other hand, are winless (0-3) when allowing opponents to hit those marks.
Coming up next, the Heat play the Orlando Magic, who are 4-6 on the year. The Hawks match up with the Detroit Pistons, currently 4-6 this season.