Heat-Hawks Recap: Heat Get Much Needed Victory

Andrew Robeson@SportswriterguyAnalyst IIApril 23, 2009

PHOENIX - FEBRUARY 14:  Daequan Cook of the Miami Heat participates in the Foot Locker Three-Point Shootout on All-Star Saturday Night, part of 2009 NBA All-Star Weekend at US Airways Center on February 14, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

After floundering in Game 1, the Miami Heat rebounded to take game two from the Atlanta Hawks.

The Heat set the tone early by jumping out to a six-point lead after the first quarter.

The second quarter was going slow, and Dwyane Wade had yet to score around the three-minute mark.

Then he hit a jumper. Then another. He was feeling it.

So he went behind the arc and took another. And another. And one last one.

All swishes. When he was done he had scored 13 points and staked the Heat to a 13-point lead they would not relinquish the rest of the game.

So what changed?

The role players started playing their roles. Wade's 35 points were not the surprise of the night, but Daequan Cook's 20 points were.

Cook had struggled since the three-point competition at the NBA All-Star Game in February.

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But against the Hawks he went for six three-pointers. Wade also hit six three-pointers as they became the first teammates in NBA history to both have six treys in one game.

Jermaine O'Neal also stepped up with 19 points; Udonis Haslem and Michael Beasley both ended up in double-digits as well.

These were not the same Heat that lost by 26 points to the Hawks just days ago.

These Heat were able to limit the Hawks bench to 20 points while their own scored 37.

Other noticeable numbers were the Heat's shooting percentages. 55 percent from the field and 57 perecent from three point range. How many times do you see a team shoot threes better than two's?

Just to demonstrate how good the Heat's shooting was, Wade banked in a three pointer as the shot-clock expired. It will surely be on the top 10 tomorrow.

Now the Heat will head back to Miami, having won their first game in Atlanta all season, and having stolen home-court advantage from the Hawks.

Win out at home and we can watch LeBron and Wade battle it out in round two.