Atlanta at Miami

Heat rally past Hawks, win in overtime

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MIAMI -- A 13-0 run to start the game, that was too easy for the Miami Heat.

Down by seven with 90 seconds left in regulation, that's where they looked comfortable.

And down by three late in overtime, that's when the Heat finally decided to put things away.

LeBron James scored 38 points, Michael Beasley made two free throws with 9.2 seconds left to put Miami up for good, and the Heat beat the Atlanta Hawks 121-119 in overtime on Monday night -- topping the Hawks for the ninth straight time.

''Obviously, after going through what we experienced last year in The Finals, it's never over,'' James said. ''So we just keep fighting until the end, and we were able to force overtime.''

It didn't have the down-five, 28.2-seconds-left feel that Game 6 against San Antonio had in last June's title series.

But there was much drama, much to the chagrin of Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer, an assistant on that Spurs club.

''They made a few big plays down the stretch and you've got to give them credit,'' Budenholzer said.

Jeff Teague scored 26 points, Paul Millsap made seven 3-pointers on the way to a 25-point night, and Al Horford finished with 21 points and 11 rebounds for Atlanta. Kyle Korver scored 15 for the Hawks.

Korver put the Hawks up 107-100 with 1:40 left in regulation by connecting on a deep 3-pointer, a well-covered one at that. It came 20 seconds after the Heat temporarily lost Chris Bosh to a cut upper lip, courtesy of an elbow by Millsap on a drive.

From there, the Heat ignited.

James made a pair of 3-pointers, then a dunk with 14.4 seconds left in the fourth to get the Heat within one. And after seeing something in the Hawks' defense on the play where he got the slam, he approached Heat coach Erik Spoelstra with a tweak to a play that started with the Heat down three with 14 seconds left.

He adjusted Ray Allen's role on the play, and it worked. Allen got fouled by Atlanta's DeMarre Carroll while trying a 3-pointer with eight seconds left in regulation, and needed all three free throws to tie the game.

Swish. Swish. Swish.

''I'm not even going to comment on it,'' Carroll said.

To overtime they went, and the Hawks were up three with 1:21 left after a score by Horford. Miami scored the game's final five points, with Chris Andersen getting three of them, plus snuffing out a lob that Atlanta threw to Korver at the rim down by one in the final seconds.

''We were able to stay the course, keep on grinding, get stops and execute one possession at a time,'' Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.

Allen finished with 19 points, Mario Chalmers and Andersen each scored 12 and Bosh finished with 11 for the Heat, who played without Dwyane Wade.

One stop was all Miami needed from there, and the Heat found a way.

''They're an awesome offensive team,'' Bosh said. ''They've been on a tear lately. We see why. ... It was difficult all night, but eventually we found a way.''

It was all part of a game that had wild ebbs and flows.

The Hawks were scoreless for the game's first 4:48, falling behind big as the Heat had everything working early -- even a reverse dunk in transition from the suddenly spry Allen, who has been fighting tendinitis in his right knee for a few days. Shane Battier dove on the floor for a steal and to knock the ball ahead to James, who got loose for a dunk that put Miami up 13-0.

It all changed in a hurry in the second.

Atlanta shot 72 percent; the Heat shot 32 percent. The Hawks outscored the Heat 31-17 and had a 54-50 lead at the break, fueled largely by Korver taking four shots, all from 3-point range, all of them good.

Millsap went 4 for 4 from beyond the arc in the third, Atlanta made six in all and led by as many as 11 before going into the fourth up 84-77.

''There were a lot of good things we did,'' Millsap said.

Notes

Korver's NBA-record streak of consecutive games with a 3-pointer is now at 97. ... The Heat ran a tribute to Nelson Mandela on the arena screens at halftime, narrated by Alonzo Mourning, who spoke of his time meeting the former South African president who died earlier this month. ... Including playoffs, the Heat went 47-7 at AmericanAirlines Arena in 2013. ... James has scored in double figures in 522 consecutive regular-season games, four shy of matching Moses Malone for the NBA's fourth-longest such streak.

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LeBron goes off for 38 points, including eight rebounds and six assists to help the Heat stave off pesky Atlanta. (USATSI)
LeBron goes off for 38 points, including eight rebounds and six assists to help the Heat stave off pesky Atlanta. (USATSI)

Scoreboard
Atlanta (15-13)233130278119
Miami (21-6) «3317273410121
ATL:J. Teague 26 Pts
ATL:A. Horford 11 Reb
ATL:J. Teague 8 Ast
MIA:L. James 38 Pts
MIA:C. Andersen 9 Reb
MIA:L. James 6 Ast
Players of the Game
AtlantaMiami

Jeff Teague

LeBron James
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
26683886
Atlanta
P. Millsap, PF429-200-0102625
K. Korver, SG405-90-041415
A. Horford, C408-134-4113321
J. Teague, PG3810-206-1068426
D. Carroll, SF253-40-04248
L. Williams, SG343-92-20509
S. Mack, PG221-51-20713
M. Scott, PF113-61-12008
E. Brand, PF92-40-06124
P. Antic, C40-10-03020
C. Martin, SFDid Not Play
G. Ayon, PFDid Not Play
J. Cunningham, SGDid Not Play
J. Jenkins, SGDid Not Play
D. Schroder, PGDid Not Play
Totals 44-9114-19462926119
 48.4%73.7% 
Miami
L. James, SF4616-282-686238
M. Chalmers, PG354-113-424412
R. Allen, SG347-104-561119
C. Bosh, PF305-101-140211
S. Battier, SF160-10-02100
C. Andersen, PF253-36-992112
N. Cole, PG212-80-02325
M. Beasley, PF203-83-471410
R. Lewis, PF193-50-00116
R. Mason Jr., SG193-70-04128
J. Jones, SFDid Not Play
D. Wade, SGDid Not Play
U. Haslem, PFDid Not Play
G. Oden, CDid Not Play
J. Anthony, CDid Not Play
Totals 46-9119-29442019121
 50.5%65.5% 
Other Games
Det 115 Final
Cle 92
NY 103 Final
Orl 98
Mil 110 Final
Char 111
Ind 103 Final
Brook 86
Dal 111 Final
Hou 104
Utah 94 Final
Mem 104
Tor 99 Final
SA 112
GS 89 Final
Den 81
LAL 90 Final
Pho 117
NO 113 Final
Sac 100