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BEST OF LAST NIGHT: Another season-high shooting night by the Heat. The team set a season high on Saturday against the Hornets with a field-goal percentage of 58 percent. On Monday against the Hawks, the Heat shot 58.2 percent. Dwyane Wade was 11 of 13 from the field and the Big 3 combined to go 27 of 40.
BEST OF LAST NIGHT II: The Heat held the Hawks to 38 points in the second half. Atlanta shot 38.2 percent. Miami broke the game open with a 10-2 run in the fourth quarter.
WORST OF LAST NIGHT: Combined shooting of Hawks guard Devin Harris, Jeff Teague and Lou Williams. The three players combined to go 8 of 25 from the field. Harris, Teague and Williams were 3 of 6 combined from inside the restricted area. On Saturday against the Grizzlies, Teague and Williams were 12 of 29 from the field while Harris went of 0 of 2.
The number of missed shots by Ray Allen. Allen went 1 of 8 from the field against the Hawks.
NIGHT LINE: As we mentioned already, Wade was 11 of 13 from the field. He was 1 of 1 from three-point range and 3 of 6 from the free-throw line to finish with 26 points. Wade also had four rebounds, three assists, for turnovers and four personal fouls.
THEY SAID IT
“We probably are not going to lose. If we’re shooting like we have been the last couple of games, we probably won’t lose. As much as the defense helps the offense, the offense helps the defense as well. I know we won’t do that all year, of course not. We won’t be getting beaten when we’re shooting efficiently like that.”
—LeBron James on the he and Wade going 21 of 29 from the field
“He is like Wolverine [the comic book character] he said. He gets cut and then two minutes later
it goes right back, that is kind of like how he is."
—Dwyane Wade on Norris Cole, who had 10 points and finished out the game at point guard despite briefly leaving the game with an injury
“Making shots. Hitting them. I work on my shot, just raise them up and shoot them with
confidence. Biggest thing is
making them, some nights it goes in and some nights it doesn’t. You have to have confidence to take the
next shot. I am not the all-time
leading scorer around here for nothing.”
—Wade on his recent efficiency
“It was a very tight, close game and then to have those four or five
possessions where it kind of breaks into a double-digit lead against a good
team. That’s the equivalent of 50
—Erik Spoelstra on the Heat's 10-2 run in the fourth quarter.
“The second unit has been coming in and giving us a great boost of
energy. They’re being really
disruptive and then there’s less pressure on the offensive end. You get some stops. You get a momentum shift.”
—It's the third time in Heat franchise history the Heat has shot at least 58 percent from the field in back-to-back games.
—The Heat is 10-1 at home.
—Miami and Oklahoma City are tied for the NBA high in games shooting at least 50 percent from the field. Both teams are have shot 50 percent in games 10 times. The Heat is 10-0 in those games.
—The Heat shot 63.6 percent in the first half. It was the Heat's second highest shooting half of the season. On Saturday agaist the Hornets, the Heat shot 65.8 percent in the first half.
—Monday marked the Heat's 20th victory all-time against the Hawks at AmericanAirlines Arena. It's the most wins against an opponent in the building. The Bulls have lost 19 games in AmericanAirlines Arena.
—LeBron has scored at least 20 points in each of the Heat's first 19 games. James has scored at least 20 points in 24 regular-season games, dating back to last year. The 24-game streak is a franchise record.
—LeBron was 10 of 16 from the field for 27 points. He has shot over 50 percent from the field in eight consecutive games. His career high is nine-straight games of shooting at least 50 percent.
—Wade's shooting percentage of 84.6 was a career high. He has shot at least 80 percent from the field only four times in his career.
—Chris Bosh (14 points, 11 rebounds) has seven double-doubles this season.