LeBron James scored 38 points and added 8 rebounds to lead the Miami Heat to a close victory over the Atlanta Hawks, 121-119. The Heat had no trouble knocking down shots in this game, finishing 46-91 (50.5%). Miami (21-6) is now on a five-game winning streak.
James went 16-28 (4-9 from three-point range) in a solid outing. Other key performers for Miami were Ray Allen with 19 points and 6 rebounds, Chris Andersen with 12 points and 9 rebounds, and Michael Beasley with 10 points and 7 rebounds. Jeff Teague had another big game for Atlanta despite the loss, putting up 26 points on 10-20 shooting from the field and 6-10 from the free throw line. He also recorded 8 assists and 6 rebounds. Paul Millsap contributed 25 points and 10 rebounds and Al Horford finished with 21 points and 11 rebounds.
As the numbers predicted, the high-octane offense of Miami (ranked second in the NBA in offensive efficiency) took advantage of the porous defense of Atlanta (ranked 29th in defensive efficiency), putting up 1.15 points per possession.
This loss snaps a three-game winning streak for Atlanta, dropping them to 15-13 on the year.
Coming up next, the Heat take on the Los Angeles Lakers, who are 13-14 on the year. The Hawks go up against the Cleveland Cavaliers, currently 10-17 this season. The Hawks are 1-0 versus Cleveland this season.