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Miami Heat vs. Atlanta Hawks: Postgame Grades and Analysis for Miami
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The Miami Heat caught fire in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Atlanta Hawks 40 to 17 in the final 12 minutes of the game to win 103-90.

With a 13-point victory, the Heat got their eighth straight win and moved another game ahead of the New York Knicks, who dropped another one to the Indiana Pacers.

It wasn't pretty for the Heat, though, as they started the third quarter down by 10 points. 

Luckily LeBron James and Co. cut that double-digit deficit to just two points after just one and a half minutes of the fourth quarter had gone by.

LeBron led the way with 24 points and 11 assists, on 53.3 percent shooting from the field. And Shane Battier was his biggest supporter off the bench with 17 points on 5-of-8 shooting from beyond the arc.

For the first three quarters of action, the Heat were still struggling from their post All-Star break lull.

Fortunately, they snapped out of it in just enough time to remind the Hawks that they are the best team in the Eastern Conference.

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