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Heat's Home Woes Continue After Loss To Lowly Hawks

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MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) — Home wins have been exceedingly difficult to come by for the Miami Heat this season.

Taurean Prince scored 18 points, Trae Young finished with 17 points and 10 assists and the Atlanta Hawks held off the Heat 115-113 on Tuesday night to snap a seven-game road slide.

John Collins scored 16 points, Omari Spellman had 14 and Kent Bazemore finished with 12 for the Hawks, who are 2-0 against Miami this season and 3-16 against everyone else.

Josh Richardson led Miami with 22 points, but his potential winning 3-pointer with 3 seconds left — a wide-open look — bounced off the rim. Dwyane Wade scored 18 and Wayne Ellington added 15 for the Heat, who have lost six straight at home. It's only the 10th time in the 31 years of Heat basketball that Miami has lost so many consecutive games at home.

Bam Adebayo scored 12 for Miami, which got 11 apiece from Justise Winslow and Hassan Whiteside.

Atlanta led by 19 early in the second half and was still up by 13 with 8:50 left, before Miami went on its best run of the night.

The Heat needed less than four minutes to go on a 14-0 run. Richardson scored seven of those points, including the last basket of the spurt with 5:04 remaining, to go up 109-108 — their first lead since early in the second quarter.

And then it was Atlanta's turn for a run, this one a 7-0 spurt for a six-point lead as the Heat missed six consecutive shots. Back came Miami, with a 3-pointer by Olynyk and a follow shot by Richardson to get the Heat within one.

Prince made the second of two free throws with 14 seconds left, giving Atlanta a 115-113 lead. Miami took its final timeout, and Richardson's last shot bounced away as time expired.

Miami scored a season-high 38 points in the first quarter, and followed that up with its lowest-scoring quarter of the season — a 14-point clunkfest in the second, as the Hawks took control.

Atlanta outscored Miami by 19 points in the second quarter, with absurd balance. The Hawks had 10 players log more than two minutes of playing time in the first half, all of them had between three and nine points, and after a 3-pointer by Bazemore beat the halftime buzzer Atlanta went into the break with a 68-52 lead.

It was Atlanta's biggest halftime lead of the season.


Hawks: Vince Carter, who went through shootaround in the morning and warmed up pregame — with a 360-degree dunk as part of that warmup — didn't play. He's been held out of the last two Hawks games. ... Young connected on a 33-footer in the third quarter, which has sort of become his thing. He's got 10 makes from 30 feet or deeper already this season.

Heat: For the first time in team history, Miami allowed 100 points through three quarters in back-to-back games. The Heat trailed Toronto 101-89 after three on Sunday, and were down 100-86 going into the fourth against the Hawks. ... Whiteside was 1 for 7 from the foul line, and the Heat had 20 turnovers turned into 26 Atlanta points.


Miami was again without All-Star point guard Goran Dragic (right knee) and guard Tyler Johnson (right hamstring). Atlanta was missing guard Tyler Dorsey (left ankle), though he could rejoin the club in Charlotte on Wednesday. Kevin Huerter started for Atlanta for the fourth time this season, after dealing with an aching back throughout the day.


Tuesday was the 11th anniversary of a dark day in Miami sports history, the slaying of University of Miami and Washington Redskins star Sean Taylor. Wade paid tribute to Taylor on his game sneakers, scrawling "RIP Sean Taylor" on them.


Hawks: Visit Charlotte on Wednesday.

Heat: Host New Orleans on Friday.

(© Copyright 2018 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)


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