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Heat down Hawks for 19th straight win

Heat forward Lebron James drives to the basket against Atlanta Hawks forward Anthony Tolliver during Tuesday's game.

Heat forward Lebron James drives to the basket against Atlanta Hawks forward Anthony Tolliver during Tuesday's game.

MIAMI -- Dwyane Wade racked up 23 points, six assists and five steals as host Miami rolled to its 19th consecutive win overall and its 15th in a row at home with a 98-81 win against Atlanta.

LeBron James added 15 points, seven rebounds and seven assists and Chris Bosh and Mario Chalmers scored 14 apiece for the Heat, who have not lost since Feb. 1 at Indiana and have won 12 games by double digits during a streak that is tied for fifth-longest in NBA history.

Josh Smith scored 15 points and Al Horford and Jeff Teague added 12 apiece for Atlanta, which has lost three straight and six of seven. The Hawks committed 24 turnovers and were 5-for-22 from 3-point range.

The Heat never trailed and used a 9-0 run early in the first quarter to gain some separation. Atlanta pulled even at 28 on Kyle Korver's 3-pointer about two minutes into the second quarter before Miami began pulling away.

Chalmers hit two 3-pointers during a 10-0 run that broke it open late in the second quarter, and the Hawks never got closer than seven after the break.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Horford had only six rebounds, snapping a string of four consecutive double-doubles. ... Wade has 11 steals in his last two games and has at least one in 23 consecutive contests, the longest streak of his career. ... Korver has hit at least one 3-pointer in 56 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the NBA.

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VSU 1 year, 1 month ago

Who even cares? The Hawks ain't going nowhere this season. Might as well forfeit their playoff seed. They should have traded Josh Smith when they had a chance but guess they couldn't because nobody wanted him. Hawks need to fire Drew as coach. They should never have let Woodson go.

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dominiquedamac 1 year, 1 month ago

What are you talking about? Plenty of teams would take Josh Smith because he is a very good player. He is avg 17 points right now and he is 27 years old. Nobody is going to beat the Heat in the east because of Lebron James!

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VSU 1 year, 1 month ago

17 points? If he was scoring 25 or 30 points like some of the real stars in the league I would be impressed. There are backup players in the league that can score 17 points. Yeah, nobody is going to beat the Heat, but that is a moot point, the Hawks will be eliminated in the first round and wouldn't face the Heat anyway unless they end up the #8 seed which would only guarantee my prediction of them being eliminated in the first round, so once again, I say "Who cares? Might as well forfeit the opening round. They would be better off missing the playoffs altogether, then they could be entered into the lottery for the #1 draft pick. 17 points is not star material in my book. At least score 20 points.

Teams wanted Josh Smith indeed, but didn't want him enough to give up anybody of value, Probably a 4th round draft pick and an aging bench player was the best offer the hawks got. They need to fire Drew after the hawks get eliminated in the first round and hire them a real coach.

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dominiquedamac 1 year, 1 month ago

Avg 17 points in the NBA is good because you are playing against the best players in the world! There are alot of players that don't last in the NBA for one second. Hell, only three Albany's players had played in the NBA and they only had played for three years in the NBA. Josh Smith is a very good player and he will play for a long time in the NBA. Stop hating!

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VSU 1 year, 1 month ago

Yeah good for a #3 player or a bench player or a player on the worst team in the league. If you are supposed to be the star of a team, i expect more than 17 points.

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Sherwood_Eagle_Alum 1 year, 1 month ago

Josh Smith is an average player who thinks he's a superstar.

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