The Miami Heat used a commanding fourth quarter to surpass the Atlanta Hawks and escape Philips Arena with a 103-90 win Wednesday night.
The Hawks led 73-63 going into the final period, but Miami outscored Atlanta 40-17 in the last 12 minutes to move to 37-14 on the season.
With the loss, Larry Drew's squad dropped to 29-23 overall.
For a complete look at the entire box score, check out NBA.com.
Player of the Game: LeBron James
There are plenty of candidates here.
Shane Battier and Ray Allen caught fire in the crucial fourth quarter and combined for 32 points off the bench, while Dwyane Wade finished with 20 points, and even Mario Chalmers poured in 14 in just 21 minutes.
But as always, there's simply no outshining James.
LeBron's streak of seven straight games with at least 30 points came to an end (bum!), but he still filled up the box score with 24 points (on 15 shots), six rebounds, 11 assists and four steals. He also led Miami's starters with a plus/minus of plus-16.
Ho-hum. No big deal.
Up Next for Miami
The Heat, who are now winners of eight in a row, head to Chicago to take on the Bulls on Thursday night.
Up Next for Atlanta
The Hawks, meanwhile, aren't in action until Friday at home against the Sacramento Kings.
It remains to be seen if the roster will look any different for that one, as Josh Smith—who had 10 points, nine rebounds and nine assists on Wednesday—has been in the thick of various trade rumors.
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