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Alonzo Mourning had 22 points and a season-high 17 rebounds as the Miami Heat defeated the Atlanta Hawks 90-83 Monday night.

The Heat played without forward P.J. Brown, who sat out his one-game suspension for leaving the bench during a scuffle in Miami's 89-83 loss to the Knicks on Sunday.

It was Mourning's hard foul on New York's Larry Johnson that touched off that incident. On Monday night, Voshon Lenard knocked Atlanta center Dikembe Mutombo out of the game with a flagrant foul late in the fourth.

With 3:59 left and Miami up 85-77, Lenard fouled Mutombo as he was attempting a dunk. Mutombo, who landed hard on his back, walked off on his own but did not return.

Isaac Austin had 11 points starting in place of Brown, who also was fined $2,500. Tim Hardaway had 11 points and 13 assists as the Heat beat Atlanta for the third straight time.

Mookie Blaylock led the Hawks with 20 points, while Steve Smith had 17 -- 12 in the first quarter. Mutombo had 14 points and 15 rebounds.

Mutombo and Blaylock ignited a 13-2 run to cut a 15-point Miami lead to 64-60. Mourning dunked emphatically on Mutombo to spark a 9-1 run as Miami took a 78-69 lead after three quarters.

Lenard scored 13 points during Miami's 23-7 run spanning the second and third quarters as the Heat led 62-47.

Notes

  • Hardaway had eight assists in the first half.
  • Blaylock hit his first six shots.
  • Heat forward Terry Mills underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee and will be out 6-8 weeks.
  • Jamal Mashburn hit a 3-pointer in the first quarter to extend Miami's NBA-record consecutive game streak to 338.
  • A torrential rainstorm and tornadoes in the Miami area kept the actual attendance far below the usual capacity 15,200 and also kept the maintenance crew busy with brooms and mops due to a leaky roof.
  • Atlanta's Christian Laettner, rumored to be on the trading block, started in his 134th consecutive game -- the sixth longest streak in the league.

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