Heat-Hawks Recap: Miami Remains on Fire

Andrew Robeson@SportswriterguyAnalyst IIApril 26, 2009

ATLANTA - APRIL 22:  Jermaine O'Neal #7 of the Miami Heat blocks a shot attempt by Ronald Murray #22 of the Atlanta Hawks during Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at Philips Arena on April 22, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia. The Heat defeated the Hawks 108-93. 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 Doug Benc/Getty Images)

As is typical with Heat victories, Dwyane Wade was the story Saturday night as the Miami Heat beat the Atlanta Hawks in Game Three of their first-round Eastern Conference Playoffs matchup to take a two-games-to-one lead.

He hit his usual shots, continued to make the three-point line look like the free-throw stripe, and then added four blocks on top of his great shooting.

But "Flash" usually dominates; only the tremendous long-range accuracy was at all an aberration.

What was truly surprising in this pivotal contest was the continued production from Miami center Jermaine O'Neal. He has rebounded from only having five shots in the Heat's first Playoff game to have two stellar performances back-to-back.

Just check his line of 22 points, 10 boards, and three blocks. Oh, and did I mention he went perfect from the charity stripe?

Actually, the entire Heat team was perfect from the free throw line, going 19-for-19. That would never have happened for the Heat's last postseason team, which featured Shaquille O'Neal.

Saturday night's victory was another team effort, as all five starters ended up in double digits. The Heat look to take a 3-1 series lead on Monday in Miami before they head back to Atlanta for Game Five.

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