The Atlanta Hawks picked up the victory due in large part to their efficiency handling the basketball, accumulating 33 assists and turning it over only 13 times, to defeat the Miami Heat, 121-114. Atlanta (21-19) picked up the win after falling to Brooklyn Nets on Thursday.
Paul Millsap had another strong game, putting up 26 points on 8-13 shooting from the field and 10-11 from the free throw line. Other top performers for Atlanta were DeMarre Carroll with 19 points and 6 rebounds, Pero Antic with 17 points and 6 rebounds, and Shelvin Mack with 13 points and 7 assists. LeBron James had another strong performance for Miami despite the loss, scoring 30 points on 11-21 shooting (3-7 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 5-8 from the free throw line. Chris Bosh added 21 points and 7 rebounds and Ray Allen finished with 14 points and 7 rebounds.
The Hawks posted a sterling assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.54. This year, they are 7-2 when they exceed 2.50 in this metric. Conversely, the Heat are 0-1 when allowing their opponents to achieve such a stellar ratio.
This drops Miami (29-12) to 2-1 versus Atlanta on the season.
Coming up, the Hawks square off against the Orlando Magic, who are 11-30 on the season. The Heat go up against the Boston Celtics, currently sitting at 14-28 this year. The Hawks lost their last two meetings with Orlando. The Heat are 0-1 versus Boston this season.