But this time, instead of taking the loss with good sportsmanship, they resorted to a technique known as "Thuggery."
Dwyane Wade resorted straight back to his roots in the streets of Chicago to bring thug life into the Phillips Arena with a number of absurd plays that should make commissioner David Stern throw him out of the league, without question.
At one point in the second quarter, innocent and unsuspecting Maurice Evans was minding his own business, going in for a soft layup to help bring his team to victory. Little did he know, menacing Dwyane Wade was ready to take him out of his phlegmatic mood.
Wade came from behind and provided what may look like an attempt at a block to some, but those that know the truth saw Wade jump on poor Maurice Evans' back and gave him a knee on the way down.
The super-thug Dwyane Wade has been watching too much WWE.
A rightful flagrant was imposed with no questions asked.
Rajon Rondo punching Brad Miller in the mouth and leaving him disoriented is one thing, but what Wade did? Unforgivable.
Did the Heat stop there though? Of course not. They've only just begun.
Hawks' center Al Horford, one of the fine, modern gentlemen of the league, was trying to go in for a layup and looked like he was going to get this one for the easy two points. But this time, Wade was hungry for more and he had some help this time.
As Horford went up for the shot, small forward James Jones of the Miami "packing" Heat grabbed Horford's arm, leaving the disoriented center to only wonder how this could happen to him. While this was happening, none other than Dwyane Wade was below twisting the young star's ankle and sending him to the ground.
Horford has no chance against Jones and Wade.
Wade has done this before.
In Game Three, Horford was standing under the rim guarding his assigned man, Wade came out of nowhere and with an inhuman ferocity dunked on him. Horford was a battered man and once again Wade tried to humiliate him.
But this time, things would go in the Hawks direction. The shots were falling, the crowd was behind them, and Josh Smith attempted between-the-legs dunks up by 20 with four minutes to go.
Oh Josh Smith, you always know how to make the crowd laugh. If it's not your incessant complaining of every official's call on you or the fact that you haven't committed a foul all postseason, it's just trying to showboat and make other teams look bad while you continue to shoot poorly and pretty much allow the Heat to let you take open shots.
But please Josh, the mid-game slam dunk contests are always entertaining.
Steve Holman should be commended for his spectacular commentating as well, calling out the Heat for their dangerous way of playing. It's a good thing the NBA have people like Holman who are completely unbiased.
One more game until the Hawks can face another gangster in disguise, LeBron James. You can be sure he is thinking of many ways to injure this young, innocent Hawks team.
Stay behind your team, Atlanta, because we know for sure that you aren't with Miami the way you jeer Dwyane Wade when he gets hurt and returns only to continue with his thuggish play.
Good luck Atlanta and don't let the gangster life deter you from victory!